Consider IT Consulting to Soothe Your Growing Pains
The three critical resources required to grow your business are time, money, and energy. Although we would also say that strategic decision-making is right up there with those big three.
When you’re struggling to make time for the day-to-day maintenance of your IT systems, you don’t likely to have the time to look into the best solutions for your business’ growth.
There are 27% of small businesses without any tech support systems in place, but getting effective IT consulting in Toronto can answer the common growing pains of small businesses. In fact, 39% of SMB’s are already taking advantage of IT advisory services to get their business off the ground because it reduces the stress of poorly managed technology, and works towards their specific business goals.
While every company is unique, the struggles that you face as you grow are often quite similar. Luckily, experienced and knowledgeable technicians aren’t hard to come by, and good advice doesn’t have to be hard to find.
How can an IT consulting firm in Toronto solve your growing pains?
You’re constantly putting out fires:
If you feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day, you can often turn to technology to solve recurring problems. With mobile applications, automation, and the support of an IT consulting firm in Toronto, you have access to IT strategists who can help you and your team create innovative strategies to meet your business goals.
According to a report by the Standish Group, less than 1/3 software development projects were completed on time and on budget in 2015. Even if your firm has the resources necessary to develop technology to meet your business needs, extra support can always benefit your projects.
You and your team are suffering from burnout
If you and your team spend all your time running around putting out fires, you could suffer from physical, mental, and emotional burnout — burnout which could be costly. According to Corporate Wellness Magazine, lost productivity due to fatigue costs more than $136 billion per year, and 84% of those costs are directly derived from reduced performance and efficiency.
IT consulting firms aim to relieve some of the technological pressure so that you can focus on your core business, get back to work, and stop chasing IT related fires.
The lines of communication and collaboration aren’t clearly defined
Angela edited a document and sent it to Andy, Sam, and Claire to review. Then Claire and Andy send back two different versions with edits, and Sam never even looks at it. Angela spends hours identifying and implementing the edits, and then Sam finally sends his copy with edits. This convoluted process means that Angela is spending hours just finalizing a document.
We’re happy to hear that 92% of small businesses use some form of cloud computing because it helps their team communicate and collaborate on projects in a more efficient way. However, there are a number of options available and IT advisory services can ensure that your business is adopting the best possible cloud computing solutions for your processes. Collaboration tools are just one of the ways cloud computing can help your business save time and create better documents.
You’re always surprised by IT spend
Your IT spend shouldn’t surprise you. As your business grows, the costs of devices for storage and your employees will also grow, but having a proper plan in place is integral to ensuring that technology doesn’t hold you back.
Taking advantage of IT consulting in Toronto means that you’re choosing to have your IT work for you without breaking the bank. Our relationships with vendors allows you to instantly save on device costs, and planning your purchases in advance means that you can have a clear picture of your overall IT spend.
You have no established technology goals
You have objectives that you’re trying to achieve in order to expand your business. As you continue to grow you need to make sure that you not only meet the existing goals, but also set supplemental goals for every section of your business. Marketing, sales, and technology need to all have plans that they’re working towards. If your sales team has targets, so should your tech team.
You’re overwhelmed with software solutions
Maybe you’ve adopted some enterprise software and been burned by the licensing requirements in the past, or maybe you’re just completely overwhelmed with everything on offer and have no idea which programs answer your daily challenges.
From finance programs to HR and recruiting to sales software, the options to automate daily tasks are endless. But if you’re spending a majority of your time trying to sort through the available software as a service platforms or proprietary software, then it’s time to seek out professionals who can clearly outline the pros and cons of each.
IT consulting firms in Toronto have relationships with a number of vendors offering software, and generally have a better grasp on the organizational needs within your industry. From compliance specific programs in healthcare, to asset management and warehouse logistics, Jig Technologies has a wide breadth of knowledge to help your business get over your growing pains. Give us a call today to discuss customized solutions that suit your specific software requirements.