Marketing Director at Avenga
The year 2020 has taught us many things, and one of the most valuable lessons is that nothing is set in stone. Quakes hit, paradigms shift, markets transform and collapse, and your business — large or small — needs to be prepared. So if your new project requires IT expertise, some help from an IT consulting service could be a great way to lower your risks and increase your ROI. But you already knew that, didn’t you?
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Japan is home to some of the most resilient buildings in the world – and their secret lies in their capacity to dance as the ground moves beneath them. (How Japan’s skyscrapers are built to survive earthquakes. BBC, 2019)
Strength and rigidity aren’t worth much if you can’t move in unison with seismic waves. No industry, be it pharma, healthcare or automotive, finance, construction or aerospace, etc. is immune to periodic disruptive events. While some can be predicted, most of these occurrences come completely unannounced, making it almost impossible to account for such risks.
Building up resilience is what businesses need if they are to withstand all sorts of calamities and challenges, which goes hand in hand with implementing the latest information technologies.
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Instead of being a jack of all trades, companies of different sizes are increasingly turning towards delegating their IT needs to outside experts or consultants. This allows businesses to concentrate on their core activities and consequently grow while staying flexible, optimizing expenses, and achieving maximum efficiency.
We understand that finding the right IT consulting firm for your next project is no easy task, so we’ll walk you through the process essentials.
Let’s start with the basics.
Whether it’s an individual or a company, an IT consultant’s core function is to provide real actionable advice and/or services to fulfill the needs of a client on an IT-related project. There are a number of reasons your business could need an IT consultant:
The list could go on and on, but if any of the bullets above hit the target, it may be time to call in the cavalry.
We’ve been talking about struggles so far, so let’s move on to possible solutions. We believe that working with the right IT consulting vendor should help you to:
Sounds too good to be true? Not really, when you’ve found an IT consultant that suits your needs.
Based on our 20+ years of experience in the IT field, we’ve formulated a set of criteria for choosing the right IT consulting service. Don’t think of this as marriage advice, but here are some of the essential qualities to look for in a partner:
To fine-tune your selection process even more, we can offer our perspective on some of the traits your ideal IT partner should not possess.
When exploring an IT consultancy service’s options, be prepared to move in tiny steps. Read reviews, set up an online meeting, describe your needs in detail, and don’t hesitate to ask any type of questions you may have. You should assess your prospective IT consultant with the same fastidious care you would expect them to later apply to your business. If their claims are not backed up by client success stories or their answers regarding pricing and the scope of their services or technology choices for your project sound vague and ambiguous, take a breath and look at option B. It’s a free market, after all.
While there are a plethora of highly professional individual IT consultants operating throughout the global markets, we suggest leaning towards working with an IT consulting company. This way, you can secure more benefits and cover your pain points and business needs better. Perhaps we could take it one step further and ask you to consider the advantages of a long-term partnership.
Remember the dance analogy we started with? As a business owner or a decision-maker, you may know your moves well, but you will need the right partner to outdo your competition on the dance floor. It equally makes sense to partner with an IT consulting company for smaller, shorter projects and always pays off if you’re playing the long game.
At Avenga, we invest in fostering meaningful relationships with our clients. We enter into a partnership with a sense of mutual commitment. This is a great motivator when looking for solutions that will remain relevant and efficient in the future. It isn’t something you can take for granted or expect in short-term interactions.
The value we bring to the table is not limited to experience or technical knowledge. It’s going the distance to deliver the best possible result that makes all the difference. And, in our opinion, the process should be a breeze, too.