How to Hire an IT Consulting Firm

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Technology is tough. Teams are often overloaded, projects require specialized skills, and keeping up with maintenance makes it hard to find time for the projects that add business value. Partnering with an IT consulting firm can be an effective way for companies to meet their technology needs and achieve business goals. For that partnership to work, though, you need to make sure you choose an IT consulting firm with the skills and capabilities that apply to your environment and your projects. This Guide to effective Hiring of an IT Consulting Firm will identify typical services, This whitepaper shares five services that an IT consulting firm must be able to provide, have experience in and do well; five reasons your organization needs to hire an IT consulting firm; and the vetting and hiring process. This is a preview: For the full guide, please download it here: http://www.prescientsolutions.com/resources/how-to-hire-it-consulting-firm/

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How to Hire an IT Consulting Firm GUIDE

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Hiring an IT Consulting Firm | 2 How to Hire an IT Consulting Firm Technology is tough. Teams are often overloaded projects require specialized skills and keeping up with maintenance makes it hard to fnd time for the projects that add business value. Partnering with an IT consulting frm can be an effective way for companies to meet their technology needs and achieve business goals. For that partnership to work though you need to make sure you choose an IT consulting frm with the skills and capabilities that apply to your environment and your projects. This Guide to effective Hiring of an IT Consulting Firm will identify typical services 5 reasons to hire an IT consultant a checklist for choosing the right frm along with some tips for achieving a successful relationship. IT Consulting Firms Services IT consulting frms can provide services across the entire breadth and depth of IT starting with strategic advice that sets a company’s technical direction implementation of the selected solution and monitoring and support once the solution is live. The available services often include: • CIO advisory services. You can align your technology strategy and your business strategy with an IT consulting frm’s advisory services that evaluate your current tech stack to identify vulnerabilities and opportunities. Assessments collect and review data and metrics along with business policies and goals in order to develop strategic technology plans that support both business growth and business continuity. • Systems and networks. IT consultants review your infrastructure’s current implementation and identify enhancements required to meet your storage network processing and security needs then build out the infrastructure with new equipment. After deploying the hardware a consulting frm can provide the maintenance and monitoring necessary to keep the systems’ operational performance and security current. • Software. Consulting frms can implement custom software for you as well as help you make the most of off-the-shelf software by establishing the optimal confguration implementing upgrades and providing support to end users. A consulting frm can also help you leverage the cloud and Software-as-a-Service effectively. • Remote and/or managed services. IT consulting frms help companies manage their data centers through both remote and on-site services. This support enables companies to proactively manage monitor and maintain their systems to minimize downtime. Backup and disaster recovery services ensure that your technology operations recover successfully in any crisis scenario. • Help desk. Find the expertise your employees need to solve their technology problems with an IT consulting frm’s help desk service. First level support with remote access can often resolve problems immediately while escalation processes bring additional expertise on-board when necessary.

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Top 5 Reasons to Hire an IT Consulting Firm 1. You want to bring in specifc expertise. When you’re adopting a new technology an IT consulting frm can supply expertise that your own team lacks. Their experience can help your project implementation succeed and they can transfer knowledge to your team so they can support it and enhance it going forward. 2. You need to supplement your staff on a special project. A special project might call for more resources than you have on hand but only on a temporary basis. An IT consulting frm can provide the resources to get the project done when there isn’t a long-term justifcation for hiring employees. 3. You need an unbiased perspective to fnd a solution. Your employees understand your problems in depth but they’re so enmeshed in your organization and culture it’s hard for them to come up with an out-of-the-box solution. IT consulting frms provide unbiased eyes that can look at a situation objectively and provide a new perspective. 4. You need someone who can drive change. When things aren’t working and you need to implement a new process IT consulting frms can push changes through to resolution. Because they are external to the organization they don’t have to worry about a resistant corporate culture. 5. Your team is too overloaded to do the important work. Employees are often overloaded with routine maintenance that prevents them from focusing on tasks that support core business functions. IT consulting frms can take over this work not only making your IT team more productive but also boosting their morale. To download the complete guide go to http://www.prescientsolutions.com/resources/how-to-hire-it-consulting-frm

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