A Word About IT Vendors
Most medium and large businesses have dedicated IT staff that interacts with outside IT vendors selling hardware, software and other IT related items. Competent IT staff already speak the vendors’ language and can quickly identify those vendors who are either selling snake oil or who are simply incapable of delivering upon their promises. Unfortunately, most small business do not have the luxury of an in-house IT expert and, as a result, have difficulty identifying the best IT vendors. This post provides some general guidelines and questions to ask potential vendors that will assist in your decision-making process.
This is by no means a comprehensive list, but when making a significant investment in IT, asking the right questions can save you money, time and aggravation in the future.
Allen Friedman is the owner and CEO of Techaerus LLC, an office efficiency consulting firm. He is also a licensed attorney. Allen founded and managed one of the largest consumer collections law firms in the country and managed over 50 attorneys as well as hundreds of non-attorney staff. Prior to founding that firm, he opened and managed the New York and Michigan operations for the largest consumer collections firm in the United States. Throughout his career, Allen has always placed great emphasis on ensuring that investments in office technology provide the greatest possible returns. In order to achieve these returns, he focuses on three pillars of office management; asset management, training, and automation. His expertise includes document/image management, software and hardware integration, training, and process management and automation. Allen lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife Amy, his children Cassidy and Gideon, and two adorable dogs named Roxie (a labradoodle) and Bentley (an Old English Sheepdog).