The key to effective network management is not only the day-to-day maintenance and upkeep, it’s delivering technology that enables companies to reach their business goals.
Beginning from the premise that no two businesses are quite the same, our analysis-first approach as a responsive IT consulting firm allows us to design technology solutions that are literally tailored to your individual business. Our IT consulting services include:
- Strategic Consultancy
- Audit Services
- Onsite Staff
- Backup & Disaster Recovery
- Migration Solutions
What is technology consulting
Information technology consulting, or IT consulting, involves designing and implementing the ideal technology to help your organization meet its business objectives. At Manawa, we make it our mission to learn about, and support your business as though it was our own. First, we determine what will make your organization thrive. Next, we share our vision and recommend technologies that will act as a catalyst for your business, enabling it to achieve more. Finally, we implement the agreed upon solution using a detailed process involving strategic procurement, deployment, configuration, and testing until it is ready for sign-off. We pride ourselves on taking this thoughtful approach in order to make your business work better with technology. This is how we believe IT consulting works at its best.
Who needs it consulting services
Whether you are steering a business of 5 or 500, you may benefit from occasional or full-time IT consulting services to help deliver on one or more business objectives. Is your business in need of more regular support for all things technology, big or small? Do you have a specific implementation or upgrade you need assistance with? Or, are your in-house resources stretched too thin or lack the expertise to delivery efficiently or effectively? If so, this is where our IT consulting services come to the rescue. Whether you need our Managed IT Services, where we take on the responsibility of managing and caring for your technology on a regular basis, or our professional services to deliver on that one-time initiative or project. This (and yes, all of this) is where we come in. For as little or as much as you need. Think of us as IT consulting on demand, ready to scale up to meet all of your business IT needs.
Reasons to hire a consultant
Businesses function best when its resources are used for their intended purpose or put another way, their “best fit”. This applies equally to your staff. Sure, you may have IT personnel, even a dedicated team of IT professionals with specialized knowledge and skill. But are they able to take your business to the next level when it comes to determining and implementing the most suitable technology to meet your business goals? Do they have the expertise, experience and wherewithal to follow through on complex or unfamiliar projects in all areas of technology? Do they have back-up or points of reference for complex projects or if things just don’t go as planned? Simply put, are they focused on high value activities for the business that they are best suited to handle? If not, consider Manawa, and all the things we can do for you. We can provide your business with on-going support and/or assist with those one-off projects. For whatever your business needs – managed IT, project-based IT, help desk, ERP and application development, strategic procurement, and hosting services. Call us when you need our help, for as little or as much as your business need dictates. Because your technology projects should not bloat your payroll to get done.
Hiring consultants vs. employees
There is a time and a place to hire consultants as opposed to employees. Employees are great for adding value to the organization due to their deep knowledge of the business. Long standing employees understand certain nuances of your business, why things are the way they are and how to best utilize the resources at hand to get the job done. Consultants, on the other hand, are great for taking on roles where their specialized knowledge can be leveraged to execute more quickly and efficiently or for regular tasks which would not be an effective use of an employee’s time. With employees, you either need to overstaff with expensive specialists or you need to hire a generalist (who will likely not be as effective as a consultant), all while making a commitment to pay their salary, benefits, and vacation. When working with a team of consultants, for projects or on-going engagements, you get 100% utilization of the talent. You only pay for an outcome, or progress towards a goal, without the hidden costs of employing someone.
Why hire a consultant for strategic planning
By hiring a consultant to assist with, or take charge of, your strategic planning, your business will benefit by having access to a fresh set of ideas. In-house staff may be biased to certain strategies and may suffer from myopia given that they see the same situations day in, day out. By bringing in a consultant from outside of your organization, you get a resource to objectively look at where you are and where you’d like to go. Also, the consultant will have had diverse experiences including what works, and what doesn’t in businesses like yours.
Under what circumstances should a client reject a consultant
In some ways, working with a consultant is no different than hiring a permanent staff member. You have to look for the right fit for your business. This encompasses many things, including expertise, knowledge, attitude, and values. While they may not be on your payroll like your employees, they do need to be regarded in many of the same ways. This includes spotting the following red flags: they don’t listen to your needs, they don’t communicate effectively, you don’t feel they’ve understood your challenges, they only propose a single approach or solution, interpersonal issues i.e. they’re difficult to work with, etc. When you spot any of these or other red flags, you need to consider if the consultant is worth keeping on your team. At Manawa, we’ve got a large and diverse team of IT experts. We focus on placing the right consultant in the right role so that you get the best fit for your business while achieving your IT goals.