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Should you have an IT consultant?

Posted Mon, June 23, 2014 by Array

Time and budget aren’t often found in excess when you’re running a business. Spending multiple hours trying to develop optimal methods and solutions is both time-consuming and taxing for any business. And building, managing, and supporting an in-house IT department can be both challenging and costly. If you’re finding that your business is spending more time on tech and relinquishing time spent on other aspects of doing business, an IT consultant may be the best option.


Matching IT products to business needs

By hiring an IT consultant to come in and discuss your IT purchasing decisions, everyone can continue to focus on their own areas without worrying about who will manage the next network crisis. IT consultants look at your budget and your specific needs based on your business plan, and then help you gain insight into programs, servers, and other hardware you’ll need.

An outside consultant understands which products are and are not worth the cost because they stay up-to-date on the latest in IT. As a result, they can provide solutions that they know from experience to be better, quicker, and more affordable. You’ll avoid overspending on products that don’t really accomplish the goals you have in mind when you’re getting advice from a specialist.

IT consultants come with a team

The difference between hiring one employee and hiring a consulting firm is that the latter offers more in the way of information and support than one person is able to. Plus, you won’t have to worry about training, salary, and benefits if you’re not hiring an in-house specialist.

Loyalty is an admirable quality, but there’s something to be said for trying out different options. An established IT firm can often grant your business access to discounted tech vendors.  A good firm will also offer on-demand support and flexibility. An IT firm is essentially at your business’s beck and call – and it can also offer support for the best and most recent IT products and methods without the need for additional training.

Of course, hiring an outside consultant can be time-consuming at first, as you scour online resources for the best team. But this is a one-time investment, one that can save plenty of time in the future.

Productivity increases

Without the worry and hassle that comes with having to make decisions on the office network and other IT decisions, other areas of the business can retain more focus and truly thrive. Everything on the tech end running smoothly is no longer a concern for businesses hiring IT consultants, because even if there is an error, the firm will take care of it. (Sweet relief!) Peace of mind, less tech-related disaster downtime, and more opportunity to work on actually growing your business: sounds like a good deal to us. 

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