Ever wish you'd just gotten one more opinion?
When organizations face technology challenges, sometimes it’s often hard to evaluate possible solutions without being a tech person in the first place. Second opinions from someone who’s not trying to sell you a service can be a good idea.
When we’re called in to fix a problem, the root cause was all too often an avoidable problem; a combination of hardware, software, services and/or setup that wasn’t right in the first place. In addition to the business being left with a technological mess, there’s often a waste of money involved.
All too often, the small business owner is left to clean up the mess. This phenomenon has led us to consider a novel consulting service per se: the second opinion. It may be relatively common in medical situations but in tech, the same principle applies. Why not get another opinion before deciding? Our proposition: We’ll help you make the right choices on services we aren't trying sell you.Recent Examples when a Second Opinion could have helped:
- Buying a $2000 iMac when a $800 Mac Mini and a $200 monitor would have been just fine
- A new laptop that didn’t have nearly enough space to hold all the data from the old one — and wasn’t upgradeable
- A small business network that was perfect for a huge enterprise, yet totally overkill for our client’s needs
- A backup system that was too complicated for the client to use, maintain, or verify that it was working
- A web hosting package with too many add-ons that the client never used — or conversely, a “budget” host that took too long for pages to load
- A “new” email system built on a slow, outdated platform
- An in-house server for managing shared assets, when a simple cloud subscription could have done a better job for less
Cost containment can be achieved more readily when our clients fully understand what they’re paying for and how it stacks up to their alternatives. It’s time for more impartial advice, delivered in a flexible, useful package.
It isn’t their fault. Many small businesses are on the receiving side of a promotion pitch for inferior or ill-fitting products. The vendor with the big sales budget gets paid handsomely, yet the service that doesn’t fit and the client is left wanting more.
So if you’ve got a decision to make for your business and want a disinterested party’s professional recommendation, let us know.
We’ll help you decide.