What to consider when it comes to IT Consulting and Technology Outsourcing.
In today’s fast paced technology environment, critical business applications, networks and services are becoming increasingly complex and specialized. Even companies with fully staffed IT departments may need to reach out to a specialist from time to time to ensure that technologies are deployed and rolled out effectively. This is where an IT consultant can prove to be a valuable asset.
According to a 2015 Market Research report, IT consulting is becoming increasingly popular among large businesses. Currently, the market in the U.S is worth $377 billion in revenues, and stands to expand by a compound annual growth rate of 2.8 percent through 2020.
But how, exactly, can a business benefit from utilizing the services of an IT consultant? Let’s take a look:
Leverage Specialized Expertise
Today, essential technologies are emerging and being improved upon at an incredibly fast rate. Yesterday’s advanced, latest and greatest technologies are already today’s outdated technologies, and even the most knowledgeable IT managers and administrators are having trouble keeping up.
So when it comes time to roll out such a technology, it begs the question, “How are we going to do this?” If the internal IT department isn’t fully versed on the deployment and use of the technology, it could take days or weeks for them to acquaint themselves with it, slowing the initial roll out.
Instead, many businesses are turning to IT consultants to lean on their expertise. An IT consultant can not only ensure a seamless rollout and integration into the company’s infrastructure, but can also help train the internal IT team. This not only speeds up the deployment process but also ensures that employees understand how the new technology works.
Uses an Outcome-Based Approach
In today’s business world, it’s all about results. The same is true for IT consulting. Forbes found that the majority of enterprises – 60 percent – utilize an outcome-based model with their consultants, where payment is based on the results of their work. Seven out of 10 businesses using this style found that it increased efficiency across the board.
“Companies that use the outcome-based approach are more innovative, and not surprisingly, that this model tends to have a positive impact on growth,” noted Forbes contributor James Rubin.
Gain a Competitive Edge Over Competition
There’s no doubt about the fact that advanced, emerging technologies can offer businesses an edge over their competition. Just think about it this way – if your competitor is working with last year’s application, but your business has the latest and greatest application, chances are good that you’ll not only be more efficient, but more productive. Having the latest technology in place can also help attract new clients, partners and customers.
IT consulting can help ensure that your company has this technology in place and can utilize it in a way that makes the most sense and provides the most value for the business.
Enables IT Department to Focus on Other Priorities
Today’s businesses don’t operate on a single project or initiative – oftentimes, there are several initiatives taking place at once. This can be a challenge for the IT team especially, which must ensure support and resources for all ongoing projects. An on-board consultant can utilize their time and expertise on certain initiatives, enabling the internal IT team to focus on those that are main priorities for the organization. This ensures that all projects are supported and completed in a timely manner.
A Buffer between IT and Vendors with Cost Benefits
With workload demands and limited time, IT departments can ill afford to waste time and energy dealing with multiple vendors. This is especially true when it's time to create a budget for a new service or product. Having an unbiased advisor working as an extension of your company can save countless hours and costly delays that would otherwise be the focus of your IT department. It is estimated that an average team of three IT staff members spend over 200 hours dealing with a project from start to finish. At a salary of $65,000 per staff member, companies can spend thousands of dollars purchasing a service or product.