Managers are increasingly coming to recognise the massive role technology plays in business, but not a lot of them are savvy enough to address the growing tech needs on their own. As small companies grow, the need for dedicated IT support rears its head as well. The most obvious solution, of course, is to grow an in-house tech department, but this can be costly for small businesses.
The more viable solution is to outsource your tech needs to an IT support vendor that can provide specialised services for your specific needs. ALLTEKS Ltd and other experts list what you need to know to find an IT support firm:
1. What level of support do you need?
On one end of the spectrum is service on-demand, where you get in touch with IT support only when something needs to be fixed. A more pervasive solution is dedicated, specialised support where technicians are available 24/7 to manage your IT infrastructure and resolve issues as they arise.
2. What IT support services are required?
Some vendors come in only when something needs to be fixed. Others will provide more extensive services that require a long-lasting relationship, such as providing IT support to your customers, hosting and server management, and overseeing cloud-based business platforms.
3. How well do they communicate?
If your vendor cannot translate their geek-speak for you, you won’t be able to understand what they’re doing and how that bodes for your business. Stay on top of your tech by looking for a vendor who can easily communicate problems and solutions with you.
4. How updated are they in technology?
Changes in technology these days happen t the speed of light. Your vendor doesn’t necessarily have to be ahead of everyone else, but they should be able to keep up. Otherwise, you run the risk of using outdated solutions and services that could compromise your business’s security and success.
When you outsource your IT needs, you can address the growing pains of a small business. This is without having to cost a huge amount needed to build, train and maintain your own dedicated department.