As president of the nonprofit Information Technology Solution Providers Alliance (ITSPA), I’m always looking for ways to help businesses of your size understand the benefits and drawbacks of the latest technology options. That way, they can make their (very often) limited resources work best for their businesses. It may surprise you to know that technology solutions to many issues are already available and affordable in the form of a technology consultant, or “solution provider.”
I believe that businesses of your size cannot get the full benefit of today’s technology without working with a solution provider. A solution provider is an independent technology consultant or firm that can help support the use of technology to enhance your business. They can almost immediately create an environment that brings together the hardware, software and service elements that are required for a complete business solution.
With over 100,000 IT solution providers nationwide, a business of your size has a wide variety of choices, ranging from a single individual to a national company. Your solution provider consultant can help integrate products, services and applications that will increase productivity, protect critical data and limit technology problems.
As experts in technology, they spend every hour of every day making sure that they know what vendors are making available in the market so you don’t have to. Once they understand what you are trying to accomplish, they can craft a solution of the right hardware and software components to meet your needs, and help you with implementation and ongoing support.
The three most important qualities to look for in a consultant are technical competence, long-term client relationships, and responsiveness. Your solution provider should understand your specific industry and demonstrate how his or her previous experience can help your business deal with the issue at hand.
You will probably want to find a different solution provider for each issue, or group of issues, that your business needs to address. Finding them can be difficult, but the ITSPA can help, and it’s certainly easier and less expensive than locating and hiring your own technology staff. To learn more about finding a qualified solution provider in your area, e-mail email@example.com, and we’ll work hard to find you the perfect match for your unique business needs.