Although saving money on IT logistics and security may feel good in the short term, it is very difficult to hold that feeling when the unexpected catastrophe hits. It only takes a few seconds for a hacker to steal all of your proprietary information or customer data if you have an unprotected system. In those few seconds, you lose all of the profit that you thought you gained in the years of procrastination against selecting an IT firm. The question now becomes simple: What are the criteria that you should use for selecting an IT firm?

Small Business Owners

1. Expertise in business software that his/her company uses

Network systems and software standards are changing rapidly, and you do not have time to keep up with the constantly moving landscape. This is where your IT firm comes into play – updating you with the latest platforms and systems and suggesting viable courses of action based upon performance analysis.

2. Proven track record of success in working with like businesses

Having an IT team with experience in your specific industry is always important. They will understand the dangers of that industry as well as the nuances of creating an industry standard system that will connect you to partners and vendors most easily.

3. Key partnerships with key strategic vendors such as Dell, HP, Microsoft and others

Although you are not necessarily trying to make money from your IT, you can save a great deal of money if you have a team with partnerships at the vendors who deal in discounts and volume. Some of the major players such as Dell, HP and Microsoft cut deals with IT firms because of the wide customer base they cultivate. In a way, you are taking advantage of a group IT insurance policy.

4. A team of certified and trained IT professionals covering multiple disciplines

Another one of the main reasons to outsource to an IT firm is to gain the knowledge of many specialists at once. You should be able to hire an entire team of security and logistics specialists for the price of one in-house employee. Make sure that you know exactly what role each individual plays in your network security and logistics before committing to an IT team for the long term.

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Ernie Sherman

I have a strong passion for helping Ottawa Businesses, Entrepreneurs and professionals to become more productive and successful while allowing them to feel at ease and secure when it comes to their Information Technology needs. As the President of Fuelled Networks since 1998, I specialize in providing no-nonsense flawless and prompt technical support to Ottawa businesses, with in-depth consulting on Fortinet, Microsoft, Microsoft Cloud Stack and security. I strive to help businesses to succeed and take great pride in building long-lasting positive relationships and taking on a strong leadership role within the Ottawa community.

Published On: 22nd June 2016 by Ernie Sherman.