Businesses will have different IT demands as they continue to grow and evolve. If you’re a relatively recently established business trying to meet your changing IT needs using your existing in-house expertise, the time may have come to call in the experts.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, you may have become frustrated with or lost confidence in an existing IT support partner. This could be due to a preventable disaster, ongoing and recurring problems, a decline in quality of service, or an apparent lack of interest in taking a proactive approach to making regular recommendations for a continually improved network.
However, when it comes to taking the leap of faith needed to either engage an external IT support service for the first time, or walk away from a long-standing partnership, there can typically be some hesitation.
For the first timers, there can be anxiety associated with a perceived ‘loss of control’ by entrusting external hands with your network, particularly if you’ve built your business from scratch.
And for those with an IT support partner who no longer seems a good fit, negative experiences can sometimes make you more likely to stick with the status quo, and take a ‘better the devil you know’ type of attitude. After all, outsourced IT companies are all cut from the same cloth, right? Wrong!
Despite many commonly held misconceptions about the frustrations associated with using external IT support, choosing the right partner can ensure the most effective resolutions, remove frustrations and headaches from your team, and give everyone in your business more time to focus on their core areas of expertise.
Below, we have compiled a list of the most common barriers to either engaging or replacing an external IT support partner, so you’ll know exactly what not to expect …
“If my current IT provider doesn’t truly understand my business, how can they be in a position to tell me what I need from my network?”
This should not be a question if you have been working with a quality IT partner with a true commitment to setting your business up for success.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution that could meet the distinct and diverse needs of every business. Insight into your business is required if your provider is going to offer the most appropriate support and advice around improvements to your network set-up.
As an example, at Essential IT we’ll take the time to develop an exhaustive understanding of your current IT situation, challenges and goals before we do anything else. This is reflective of our understanding that every business is different, meaning a tailored approach is the only approach.
What’s more, we don’t simply focus on understanding your immediate needs. As part of the ‘getting to know you’ process, we’ll ask about your future vision and goals. That way we can plan for the immediate and long-term, with a five-year plan developed as standard, and designed to get your business where you want it to go.
“If an issue arises, seeking a resolution through an external IT Support company often adds to the frustrations, with a significant length of time spent either ‘on-hold’ or waiting for a call back.”
One of the main benefits of having a high-quality, expert managed IT service provider in your corner is an experience that reads as the exact opposite to what has been described above.
You should be able to expect hassle-free, speedy, 24/7 access to a friendly team of experts, ready to spring into action and resolve issues quickly, either via remote IT support, or by deploying a technician to visit you on-site.
Over and above this, an effective IT support partner will proactively monitor your network all day, every day. Our unparalleled expertise allows us to recognise and resolve many problems before you even notice them!
“I’ll waste time explaining my problem repeatedly to lots of different people, before I eventually get to talk to somebody with the right expertise.”
We totally get that describing an IT issue that has derailed your day just once can be incredibly frustrating. That’s why the technical support person who either picks up the phone or takes the initial details of your problem will remain responsible until it is resolved.
However, that doesn’t mean your Essential IT representative is not taking steps to access the most appropriate support from within the team on your behalf. The advantage they have is access to diverse skill sets, and a team with in-depth knowledge about every aspect of IT and network infrastructure.
So while you’ll deal with a single point of contact, you’ll actually be receiving the support of an entire team!
“We don’t have the expertise in-house to know what upgrades would be best for our business. I know I need to make some improvements to my network, but I have no idea where to start!”
At Essential IT we see proactively offering advice on network improvements as one of the most crucial elements of what we do.
By working to develop a comprehensive understanding of your current IT situation, challenges and goals, we will be in the strongest position to identify the areas of your set-up that could benefit from improvements, replacements and upgrades. We can also make suggestions that will actually reduce your IT costs!
This is also one of the main reasons we value and believe in the power of developing long-standing, trusted relationships through a commitment to the highest levels of customer service. Our in-depth insights into your business will not only allow us to resolve issues swiftly, but will enable us to offer ongoing IT infrastructure recommendations that will help grow your business.
We’ll identify any areas of your network set-up, and suggest the best replacements for outdated, legacy systems that are no longer fit-for-purpose.
“My IT support partner is fine when it comes to troubleshooting everyday problems as they arise, but I’m concerned because the same issues seem to keep recurring.”
Sadly, there are providers who are happy to do the bare minimum. Take the call, investigate the problem, resolve it, and move on.
But as far as Essential IT is concerned, there is no excuse for any issue to become a recurring issue. As your expert IT support partner, we see it as our responsibility not only to resolve the problem as quickly as possible, but also to investigate and identify the underlying cause. Once we’ve done this, we’ll make sure the right solution is deployed so that particular problem quickly becomes a distant memory.
Having said that, in order to make sure your network is properly fortified against recurring issues, we do expect our clients to meet us half-way. There can be occasions where the most effective (or only!) solution or improvement is unfortunately an expensive one, meaning a willingness to make an investment to ensure the issue does not crop up again in the future is essential on the part of the business.
“I’m anticipating a period of rapid growth. However, I’m worried my current IT support partner won’t have the agility to support me as the business evolves more quickly.”
Frankly, we expect the businesses we work with to grow. After all, we do everything we do to ensure our clients enjoy a network that primes them to thrive. That’s why, as we develop our understanding of your needs, challenges and future goals we always ask about the vision for the future of your business.
Tell us where you either want or expect to be in five years time, and we’ll map out a long-term plan to help you get there.
For this reason, all products and solutions we recommend are fully scalable, at a moment’s notice. Not only does that include your infrastructure, which can be ramped up or down as required, but it also means we won’t lock you into a contract. We’ll only ever expect to be paid for the support you actually access. So essentially, our fees can be upped or reduced too, depending on how much you need us at the time.
We hope this post has helped to dispel some of the common myths and misconceptions around IT support. Sadly, a few sub-standard providers leading to negative experiences and outcomes for their clients can create a lasting impression.
This can mean a reluctance to embrace all the benefits that come with having unfettered access to a team of dedicated IT experts committed to a system that is always running smoothly, over the long-term.
“Essential IT have been an amazing support partner to our company where IT is not one of our strong points. They are extremely knowledgeable and great at explaining things in layman terms. Always on the lookout to ensure we are up to date with IT infrastructure and continuing to suggest ways to improve. The helpdesk responds in a fast manner and our issues are resolved promptly. I am confident we will have a long standing relationship with Essential IT”
“Essential IT have been a great support for our business over the last few years. Being too small for fund an internal IT team, Essential IT have been an affordable solution to our IT needs. They’ve assisted with server upgrades and replacements, cloud backup solutions, as well as remote monitoring of desktops, laptops and servers (on site and virtual). Without their help, I’m not sure where our business would be.”
“Since our early days in 2009 our business has seen substantial change and growth. During this period Essential IT have gone above and beyond in supporting our teams across all states of Australia. Working in a high pressure industry, with fast paced change, it is important that our business has stable and up-to-date technology, and our teams have the support when they need it. Essential IT deliver this every-time, no challenge too small or too big. Their invaluable advice and guidance have seen our organisation transition to new initiatives that have driven greater stability, efficiency, and security throughout all aspects of our business and I would have no hesitation in recommending Essential IT to anyone looking for a quality provider who listens to your needs and delivers what you want.”
“Essential IT are the best team in the market. Quick and efficient service they are always reliable. Their product knowledge and expertise is second to none. We have been dealing with Steve and his team for a long time know & wouldn’t call anyone else to solve our IT problems and provide our IT solutions for the company and personal needs.”
“Recovery Partners have been supported nationally by the team at Essential IT for over 6 years. They offer a full service providing front line help desk services to server provisioning, hardware supply, security and strategic planning. The service is no fuss and consistently exceeds our expectations and delivery is always well inside our agreed service levels”
“Don’s Tiles Australia Pty Ltd have been using the IT Services of Essential IT for 7 years. We find the team at Essential IT extremely knowledgeable, hardworking and professional and they are able to get our IT problems resolved quickly. The small team also allows us to build a personal working relationship with all the staff members and we find them all very pleasant and helpful. I highly recommend Essential IT.”