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12 Ways IT Consulting Can Help Your Business

Posted by Integrity Staff on January 19, 2017 at 10:00 AM

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If your business isn't currently leveraging IT consulting, your business is missing out. Finding a technology partner that can provide consulting to your business gives your company a unique edge and sets you up for a bright future. 

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Here are some of the ways in which IT consulting can benefit your business: 

 

1. Direction for today

The day-to-day rigors of running a business are exhausting. Leaning on a technology partner for help can be a big relief. Finding a partner (like a Managed Security Services Provider) who knows what they're doing is a weight off of your shoulders. When you're in a pinch, they'll have an answer today. 

2. Direction for next year 

Having the ability to lean on consulting today is nice. But, having the ability to leverage consulting into knowing what business will look like next year is even better. Partnering with a third party provider allows you to plan ahead and know what your technology needs and strategy will be into the future. 

3. Guidance on equipment 

What type of technology hardware does your business need? If you're strapped for time and can't do that research (or feel unequipped to do so), you can turn to a third party partner for that insight. Using consulting, you'll be able to learn what you need, why, and how much it will cost. That's another thing off of the plate.

4. Help with strategy 

Even if you feel you have a handle on your technology strategy, it never hurts to put a few extra set of eyes on it. That's especially true if those eyes (and brains) have done this kind of thing before. Taking advantage of consulting is an excellent way to ensure that your strategy will be a success. 

5. Experience shared 

Teaming with an outside partner is an effective way to instantly boost the experience available to you. If there are gaps in experience on your staff, you can trust that those gaps will be filled by a technology partner. You are positioned best when you have experience at your disposal. 

6. Technology in context

Instead of technology existing in a corner of your business, skilled consulting can show you how technology fits into a business context. Technology should work with your business, not against it. If you find that technology is getting in your way, lean on consulting to turn the tide and reverse that trend. 

7. Forecasting 

Skilled consultants will be able to forecast technology trends. This puts your finger on the pulse and gives you an advantage in the market. If you can better anticipate the needs of tomorrow, you can prepare for them. Leaning on consulting makes seeing the future possible.

8. Budget help 

What does technology cost for your business? What should you be spending? Will that change? Those questions and more can be answered with IT consulting. Finding a helping hand when budget season comes around is a huge relief to anyone tasked with handling those numbers. 

9. Industry insight

What are your competitors doing? With IT consulting, you can find those answers. Many third party IT providers have insight into your industry at large and can let you in on what your competition is doing and what you should be following or ignoring. That puts your business ahead.

10. Disaster Recovery 

In the event that your company suffers a major data breach, you need a partner that will be there to help you recover. In fact, that partner should act preemptively, helping you develop a Disaster Recovery plan that will protect your business in the worst case scenario. 

11. Evolving security needs

This is where finding and partnering with a Managed Security Services Provider is key. Tech security is a growing area of focus for every business and access to skilled consulting is an enormous advantage. You want to get ahead of emerging cyber threats and consulting makes that possible.

12. Perspective

When you're running a business, it can be impossible to step out and see things objectively. It's too easy to become trapped in a limiting perspective. Consulting brings a fresh take to the table and you have access to fresh eyes and the ability to pick the brains of those outside of your operation. 

 

If you're not already taking advantage of technology consulting, start today. 

 

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