Whether or not you think there is value in taking independent IT advice depends on what you are doing and what you want to achieve but, basically, the answer is a big fat yes.
Information Technology, possibly more than any other business capability, can be the key to long term business success or a reason for (completely unnecessary) business strangulation.
By way of comparison, if you were considering how appropriate your current car or business fleet was and you went onto, say, a Toyota yard or website – what advice do you think you might get? Dollars to donuts you would be steered toward a decision that favoured Toyota. Not that I have anything against Toyota and, let’s face it, from their perspective, it makes sense to guide you to their cash register.
And so it is with Information Technology. An excellent example of this was Independent IT Consulting’s first client. The organisation (let’s call them Acme) approached us wanting to understand if they were getting dollar and service value for their IT spend, which had been with the same managed services provider for over ten years.
During the Discovery Phase, we questioned their supplier’s recommendation that they purchase a new Server and build a new Server room to accommodate it on site. Long story short (and sweet): The didn’t need a new server at all and certainly not a new server room. So, before we even got to the second phase of our service, the organisation had saved themselves somewhere North of $46,000.
Now, you can’t blame the managed services company representative for recommending spending money with them but – and here’s the pointy bit – it was in their interests, not Acme’s.
So, back to the original question: Is there value in independent IT advice? Absolutely there is!
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Note this is an older post from Independent IT Consulting now part of Resolution8 as Digital Advisory.