If you own a small or medium company or are the CTO managing an in-house IT team, then you may soon realize how challenging it is to handle all the IT aspects that come when running a business.
This can happen for multiple reasons, maybe you’re not into technology at all or maybe you don’t have enough time to deal with some IT aspects of your business. Either way, choosing to outsource parts or all of your digital environment and opt for IT consulting services can have multiple benefits for your business.
From keeping your infrastructure up to date with the latest and best technology to achieving better efficiency and results, there are so many ways in which IT consulting can help a business succeed.
According to Statista, 36% of businesses outsource their IT to save cost while 46% say these services provide access to resources and skills not available in-house.
It’s no wonder then that IT consulting services have now become a must for most businesses, as these give access to a team of experts that help you run your company more smoothly and efficiently.
What exactly is IT consulting?
Now, these IT consulting services actually mean you get to have trained IT people to look at your business from a technology perspective. In other words, it’s like having a new set of eyes look at specific aspects of your business.
Every consulting service starts more or less with a 4 stage plan, which always starts with a meeting where you get to know how they can help you, what are your needs, the goals your business has, and what you want to achieve in the future.
Ultimately, their advice will help your business build a plan that aligns your technology with your business strategies more efficiently.
In most of cases, to deliver such a plan, most IT consulting companies will take you through these next 4 steps.
Initially, an IT consultant will be assessing your business needs so they can fully understand your background and goals, your current technology, and your plans for the future.
Next, once the consultants gain that understanding, they will put together a plan that combines your needs and goals with the right technologies.
Now is when the consultants start to design the plan based on all of the information gathered in the analysis and planning steps.
Deliver and Manage
This is when you and your team start to implement the plan developed by the IT consultancy company. Normally, the IT consultant continues to help and advise as you roll out these changes. The consulting team should also be by your side through the testing process to make sure that everything is running smoothly.
And it all depends on the agreement you made with them, so, if you wanted IT support or daily monitoring and management of your IT Infrastructure, then all these steps would also be implemented by the same IT team.
Once all these steps are implemented, your business’s IT environment should have an improved and updated system maintenance and integration, enhanced internal management processes and also a full digital transformation.
Top benefits of IT consulting services
It gives your more time to focus on other aspects of your business
This is probably the most important benefit and the reason business owners and leaders will choose to have an IT consulting team manage the technology side of their business, it gives them more time to actually focus on what they know best – business development.
Handling your IT infrastructure in-house actually takes lots of time, money, and resources, and as a result, this often means your focus will get sidetracked on other aspects.
With an IT consultancy team by your side, you can rest assured that your technology is taken care of by experts and it can even actually contribute to your future success.
You get access to the best in the field
Another important benefit is that you get to work with consultants that have the expertise needed to handle all your IT issues.
You are going to have access to trained and accredited engineers with in-depth knowledge about the latest systems and tools you need to have in place, troubleshooting techniques, or other IT difficulties.
The fact is that with such a team of engineers by your side, all your IT issues will get fixed quickly, without any hassle on your side.
Helps you identify where you need to do better
Most IT consulting companies have experience with different technical environments and industries, and this can be of huge benefit to you. A team of engineers with vast experience can provide the best guidance and positively change your IT infrastructure and business processes.
They can look at your business from a technology point of view and then recommend and implement the systems and tools that will help your business run more efficiently.
You get increased security and IT support
Cyber security should be top of mind for any business, small or big, and one benefit of IT consulting companies is that most of them have cyber security expertise too and can also let you know if you have the best security in place.
So, make sure you choose an IT company that can also provide a solution based on these needs too. The best for your business is to have one company that can handle your networks, systems, software maintenance and security.
Most of the time, if you own small and medium businesses, you won’t need a full-time IT employee or even an IT team as you won’t have enough work for them to do.
Choosing an IT consulting company to handle your technology issues means you only need to pay for what you need when you need it, without having another full-time employee to supervise.
If you want your IT consulting company to also act as your own strategic IT partner and expert team, then you will get a 24×7 team that can provide support on the spot or on a daily to daily basis.
In the end, it’s all about prioritizing
To sum up, IT consulting can help you in so many ways, from day-to-day management of your IT infrastructure to complex projects designed, delivered and fully supported for you and best-in-class 24/7 IT support.
All these can help you scale faster and give you the peace of mind you need to focus on constantly improving your business.
If you are ready to start the journey to digital transformation through IT consulting, reach out to one of our experienced consultants today.