Why IT consulting is important

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If it’s hard to imagine that anyone would go out and buy all of the wiring and circuit breakers required for the installation of electricity into a new building without first speaking to a qualified electrician.

Similarly, perhaps few business owners or executives would consider even for one second, the possibility of ordering vast quantities of water heating, waste systems and water distribution equipment without the in-depth guidance and advice of a qualified plumber.

Yet oddly, when it comes to Information Technology, some businesses see the world very differently.

If it’s hard to imagine that anyone would go out and buy all of the wiring and circuit breakers required for the installation of electricity into a new building without first speaking to a qualified electrician.

Similarly, perhaps few business owners or executives would consider even for one second, the possibility of ordering vast quantities of water heating, waste systems and water distribution equipment without the in-depth guidance and advice of a qualified plumber.

Yet oddly, when it comes to Information Technology, some businesses see the world very differently.

It’s not unusual to see organisations that have purchased significant amounts of complicated and expensive IT equipment without any significant degree of expert IT input beforehand.

That’s a pity because it leads to procurement mistakes and things such as errors of configuration and installation.  These can prove to be extremely expensive to rectify and they could, in all probably, have been avoided had professional IT consulting been used in advance.

It’s worth being clear that IT consulting is quite different to asking for advice and guidance from hardware or software vendors.  In the case of individual suppliers, they may be experts in their own particular product but perhaps much weaker when it comes to integrating them with a number of other different products from different suppliers.

IT consulting should be entirely independent and conducted by people who are experts at systems integration. The objective is not only to avoid unnecessary and expensive procurement mistakes but also to ensure that you get the maximum benefit out of your investment in IT.

Of course, IT consulting inevitably costs money.  However, the costs pale into insignificance when compared to the potential expenditure you may incur when you are trying to put right problems arising from purchasing the wrong equipment or software to begin with.

This consulting focus is not just on the procurement cycle but also on how to drive the business benefits out of existing individual products and systems.  It should be an absolutely essential pre-requisite for anyone seeking to drive more productive contributions out of technology and related systems.

Here at Server Sentry we are IT consultants Melbourne and would welcome the opportunity to help you get the best out of your IT infrastructure. It’s certainly better than guessing and hoping you get lucky!