Make Business Boom: 7 Reasons to Invest in IT Consulting
IT consulting benefits every company. Especially in California and other areas where tech giants dominate and every business is vying to become the next Google of their industry, a dynamic force that shapes what other companies are doing. When you tap into the strategic capabilities of the technology at your disposal, you can be that leader.
What happens when you invest in IT consulting?
1. You’re a business that employees want to work for
Like it or not, workplace expectations are framed by perks offered by Google, Meta and any of the dozen VC-backed companies that pop up in California on a regular basis. Do your potential hires want a Meta-like on-site bike repair shop? Probably not.
They do have a baseline expectation that their computer won’t constantly break down. If they’re hybrid or remote workers, they’ll want you to pay for equipment so they aren’t using personal devices.
IT consultants decrease hidden costs of extra equipment
Extra devices add line items to your budget and can kill productivity. A consultant keeps costs under control and your team productive on any device when they:
- Procure devices and software at a discount
- Provide IT support
- Train workers on how to best use apps and software
- Prevent cyberattacks by securing devices in and out of your office
2. You can eliminate IT-related hiring headaches and overhead
IT employees can demand high salaries because talent is always in short supply. Since most businesses don’t have the budget to hire a full-time IT department, they end up with specialists or generalists. Either way, the technicians add to their overhead while you’re still without critical IT skills on staff.
Outsourcing IT brings you an entire department for the cost of one employee
Gaps disappear because your IT partner employs highly skilled technicians and consultants who:
- Rapidly resolve help desk queries
- Continually monitor your network
- Assist with strategic planning
- Keep cybercriminals out of your systems
- Actively prevent cyber breaches
3. WFA doesn’t cause you to say WTF
You’ve weathered work-from-home. Work-from-anywhere (WFA) is the next wave, and it will crash down with cybersecurity risks if you don’t act now.
Goodbye dining room, hello Puerto Vallarta
In the coming years, people won’t be content with punching in and out from their dining room table. They’ll want to spend a month working from Mexico. Or Thailand. Or anywhere else they can dream up. If you’re lucky, your employee will let you know of their upcoming travel plans. But they could easily sneak away and work from anywhere.
Digital nomads are an operational and cybersecurity nightmare for your business
Watch our recorded webinar, Why the Pandemic Is the Nail in the Cybersafe Coffin, to see how you can mitigate the risks.
4. Reduce IT support costs
As part of John Balfanz Homes’ Azure migration, we put together a managed IT plan with IT consulting that decreased support needs by 50%.
We want you to spend less on IT support
At DiamondIT, we’re constantly looking for ways our clients can spend less on IT. Along with slashing IT support costs, we’ll help you save because we provide:
- Exclusive licensing and equipment deals
- A full-time IT department, without the overhead
- Technology that works 24/7
5. You play – and win – the new cybersecurity game
The cybersecurity game is changing. Yes, you still need to pay attention to the latest phishing scam and digital nomads, but there is a new, more nefarious threat.
Cyberterrorism is the latest weapon nations wield against each other
You can trace a 2021 Microsoft Exchange hack back to China. Multiple attacks, including SolarWinds, have been pinned on Russians.
It’s modern-day warfare, and you are collateral damage
Nation-state actors don’t care about your business or how many employees you have. Catching you, or other businesses or governmental entities, helps the attacker sow cyber mayhem.
Have a cybersecurity expert who will be there for you before, during, and after an attack. Look for a provider who has a CISSP on staff and implements layered security solutions.
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6. You don’t invest in fool’s gold
Not all tech innovations are created equal. Sometimes that bight shiny new object is wrapped in fool’s gold (think Google Glass or the Apple Newton). Having an IT consultant in your corner means you have an on-call expert who will share their knowledge, so you invest in the right technology at the right time.
Starbucks accepts crypto – should you?
A growing number of businesses, like Starbucks, accept cryptocurrency. The novel payment method is a perfect example of right technology at the right time. You’re probably not ready to accept Bitcoin right now, but you don’t want to wait on the sidelines while your competitors make plans.
Always talk through the pros, cons and what conditions should be met before you adopt a new technology, like crypto, with an IT consultant to make an informed business decision.
7. Stay on the right side of regulators
The cost of being on the wrong side of a regulatory body can be astronomical. Just ask Minted. The online marketplace was hit with a lawsuit for violating the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA). The price tag? A $5 million settlement.
You can’t be an expert in everything
CCPA is just one set of regulations you’re navigating. You could have other compliance concerns, like HIPPA. Maybe you need to follow NIST guidelines. Don’t try to do it on your own. Your IT consultant will stay on top of changes to regulations, review your policies and keep you on the right side of any regulation.
Find Out Your Specific IT Consulting Benefits
What we shared above outlines the general benefits of IT consulting. But don’t you want to know the specific ways we can help your business? Maybe you’re overpaying for your Microsoft license, or don’t actually have multifactor authentication turned on for every account. It’s time to find out and boost performance across every area of your business.
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