Buyer Guide to IT Consulting
IT consulting is a field that focuses on advising a business on how to best use information technology to meet their objectives. According to the latest outlook by Gartner, Inc, “Worldwide IT spending is forecasted to total $3.6 trillion in 2011, a 5.1 percent increase from 2010.” Traditionally, IT consulting meant having an outsourced technology service repairman to fix paper jams and computer problems. But, as technology improves, IT consultancies are given the reigns to implement and deploy IT systems within the business, and make strategic decisions.
Even small businesses can see the benefits of information technology consulting to improve decision making. The most common IT services that are employed by businesses are data storage, computing, and web hosting assistance. Whether your business needs on site technical support, or a once a week employee to address problems after they occur; IT consulting services can help a small business become a smart business.
There are a variety of reasons your business could employ information technology, but the goal of this buyer guide is to assist you in determining what you need. Once, you define the needs to take your business to the next level, the information should be passed to an IT decision maker to assist in defining the scope and cost of the projects.