Can You Just Ignore Your IT?
The short answer -and also the bad news- is no. You can’t. So sorry to be telling you this in such a strong way. The likelihood of something bad happening is far too high for you to ignore your IT department entirely. And you might end up regretting the fact that you so badly decided to overlook it.
Do you remember what happened when you decided to buy new printers and nobody could connect their computers to them? Remember the time you’ve lost with something that could have been done in ten minutes by a trained expert? Probably you do and, as have your mind flooded by such unpleasant memories, you can’t help yourself from thinking about what you could have done differently to prevent a technology mayhem from happening in your workplace.
The good news is that, while you surely can’t neglect the technological aspect of your business, you can have someone take care of it for you.
Business life can be hectic, especially in the beginning, and you probably don’t have much time to invest in learning new skills regarding something that’s not the core of your activity. And we personally think that you are right.
PITzza: A Tasty Metaphor On Why You Need IT Consultancy…
The more we try to eat healthy, the more we find ourselves craving for pizza. Surprisingly, this is also a metaphor for technology.
The more you think about reducing technology and all sorts of devices, the more you will need them to do the most basic things. Like printing an invoice, or giving a call to a customer. Let’s say that you want to avoid using the internet: first of all, good luck. Second of all, you still want to communicate with customers, stakeholders and coworkers, right? You’ll either need a phone -which is a communication device- or you’ll have to learn the long forgotten medieval practice of sending your letters through a travelling pigeon.
Now, IT consultants get stereotyped a lot but we can assure you that we are not as nearly as dirty as the best-educated travelling pigeon you’ll get your hands on. Yuck! Let’s get back to pizza, shall we?
Now, we are far from recommending that you eat pizza on a daily basis. But even if you were to do so, would you actually consider hiring an in-house pizzaiolo?
That’s right. You probably wouldn’t. Surprisingly you wouldn’t for the same reasons why you shouldn’t be hiring an in-house IT consultant (link to outsource IT).
First, you would pay for more than just a pizza -or IT Support-, and second, you would probably want to try other styles and combinations that your pizzaiolo won’t make. With in house IT it’s the same: you don’t pay for the services that you get but for a great number of other things, plus, your employee might not be that skilled in solving the problems that you are experiencing at a certain moment.
If you really enjoy the cheesy tanginess of pizza you might think about learning to make your own, but it takes an awful lot of time, money and by the time you’re done you might not be as hungry for it as you were in the first place.
And maybe the core of your business doesn’t involve pizza AT ALL.
This is also why you shouldn’t have to take care of your own IT Support and hire IT consultants to do that for you.
Let’s face it, pizza and IT are both essential components of happiness in the workplace, and for both of them, you should outsource your services.
Enjoy your pizza as you enjoy your IT: while you’re relaxing and doing something else. Something that you actually care about!