As a business owner or company executive manager, you are always looking for ways to improve your IT. Our experience has taught us that you find configurations are consistent struggles as you seek ways to better leverage and gain efficiencies in your IT. The facts are that by integrating planned improvements and updates into your existing system, you will generally have a better outcome. The problem you have, as we understand, is identifying what improvements and updates are necessary. And that is the problem we solve with tech consulting.
We find the best way to approach the problem is in a five-step process:
- Develop an in-depth understanding of where you are today and where you want to go tomorrow.
- Identify weaknesses in infrastructure and the updates that are needed.
- Create a plan for updates that align with budget and time constraints.
- Oversee procurement and purchases of hardware, software, and other equipment.
- Install and optimize hardware and software and prepare staff for implementation.
While it appears to be a straightforward approach, there are many details contained in each step.
IT Consulting explained
The best place to begin the process is with a tech consultation from Catapult Tech Solutions. The entire process encompasses several roles for the consultant to play.
Step 1 begins with an understanding of the goals and objectives for the company. From there, the consultant completes a comprehensive audit. This audit includes the preparation of an IT Roadmap. The purpose of network mapping is actually two-fold:
- First, to provide a map of all IT in order to make informed decisions
- Second, to facilitate quick troubleshooting and repairs when necessary
The IT Roadmap includes the total environment including networks, hardware, and software. It will also address passwords and security strategies, tools, and hardware.
Step 2 is complex, filled with minute details and options. IT consulting services includes a systems analysis of the network, servers, and system configurations as well as a review of internal and external security measures. Network administration and employee devices are included in the audit. The analysis will identify weaknesses and vulnerabilities as well as necessary infrastructure updates to bolster IT security and align everything your business growth objectives. Once identified, the Tech/IT Consultant presents viable solutions and provides objective recommendations.
Step 3 is the point where it becomes very real. You weigh the recommendations against the needs and goals desired. The Catapult Tech Solutions Tech/IT consultant provides some high level virtual CIO services. Possible solutions are assessed from both IT and business standpoints. He presents solutions from both viewpoints, prioritizing them beginning with those that are critical and urgent. He will have the information and answer any questions in order for you to make a decision. During this time, he addresses the issue of life cycle management in relation to future updates and a schedule for replacement of equipment.
Step 4 is where you take advantage of Catapult Tech Solutions’ buying power. With our vendor relationships and volume buying, we offer you significant cost savings. In addition, our consultant will act on your behalf with vendors. We take care of the details and act as the middleman between you and the vendors.
Step 5 culminates the process with the exciting changes. The consultant oversees the implementation of the plan for you. He manages the installation and optimization of new hardware and software. Changes are introduced to staff and he updates the IT roadmap to reflect the new, current configurations.
In other words, the Catapult Tech Solutions Consultant walks alongside you through the entire process. By the end, you will not only have an updated system ready to move your business into the future, you will also have documentation and network mapping from which to launch future audits and updates.
Tech consulting services are as comprehensive as it sounds in order to provide you with the expertise and knowledge you need to make technology decisions.
When you see that your IT is not providing the service your growing company requires, call us at 317-522-1299. Let us put our experience, knowledge, and purchase power to work for you.
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