There is no other option today than to use a technical infrastructure for your business. Whether you choose to build an entire IT department, or just use an occasional outside consultant, your business needs this unit in order to function.

The purpose of the IT industry, as we know, is to increase the employees’ productivity through the use of modern technology. Imagine a business nowadays functioning effectively without email. Or without a website, a customer management software or (even the smallest) network. Almost unthinkable.

IT Consultant

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An IT consultant is not just the person who comes to repair your printer when it’s broken or who configures your email on a range of platforms. An IT consultant usually analyzes your network and does all the research involved to define the state of your system before changing or fixing it.

Then, depending on the client requirements, the IT consultant can repair or upgrade parts of the system and can switch to newer platforms or types of software. They can even build your network from ground up.

So, if you need help with your IT system, don’t just look for a repairman to quickly fix your problem. Let an IT professional with expertise in analysis evaluate your network, find out potential incompatibilities and make suggestions.

A consultant, as opposed to an in-house professional, has seen perhaps many more systems, of all the clients they collaborate with. Having a broader view of how a system could function best, they can offer valuable advice with a unique vision. For some companies having a virtual private network can be useful, while for some others it’s not relevant. Some firms may choose to move their email client to “the cloud” or virtualize their server, while for others it’s important to keep everything on premise.

An IT consultant will most of the time have a broader vision due to varied experiences, which can be vital for the progress of your company’s system. On the other hand, an in-house professional will perhaps know more in depth your network and its history, which could prove useful in taking technology strategic decisions.

What is your preference? With what type of IT professional do you collaborate more comfortably?

Written by: Monica Nastase.