Where technology consulting services can help Posted on March 24, 2016 by Tim Burke In my last post, I advised that a technology consulting services provider should offer a range of capabilities that encompasses integrated managed services, cloud services, and assessments as well as an extensive professional services portfolio emphasizing technology customization and solid technical staffing. Such technology consulting depth means your provider can help you in many ways, including: Dealing with data centers Maybe you’re virtualizing or migrating your servers. Or maybe you’re shedding capacity and turning to cloud or managed service providers to meet your needs for backup, redundancy, or additional capacity. Deciding when, what, and how much requires the expertise of IT professionals that you may not have on staff. The cloud More than 70% of organizations have already moved at least one application or a portion of their infrastructure to the cloud, or plan to soon. On average, more than half of organizations’ IT environment will be “in the cloud” by the end of this year. Do you have the right IT professionals to help you take to the cloud reliably, efficiently, and securely? Mobility and its apps In 2015, global mobile data traffic grew more than 74% year over year to 3.7 exabytes per month, and by 2020, mobile data traffic will account for 15% of all global IP traffic. Your business needs to grow on this trajectory, and you may need technology consulting help along the way. Security Every day brings another cybersecurity horror story, and by now you know the drill: there are no guarantees, but defense-in-depth and preparedness go a long way to keeping your business resilient. Even so, attacks and counter-measures seem to be evolving by the minute, and security expertise is hard to come by. Business continuity Most businesses muddle through disaster in the short term, but within two years, 90% will close. The best way to be among the 10% who survive: a business continuity/disaster recovery plan built by a business continuity IT professional. Drowning in data — but what about the analytics? By one recent estimate, only one half of one percent of all data ever gets analyzed, so insights buried in that data remain undiscovered. The right technology consulting company can point you to the analytics capabilities you need to benefit from your data. Staffing Finding (and affording) the technology expertise you require gets harder by the day. But a technology consulting firm that keeps a large stable of qualified, certified IT professionals on tap can get you the people you need when you need them. Assessing where you’re at A technology consulting services firm with sufficient experience, reach, and depth of expertise can help you determine the most cost-effective ways to exploit today’s powerful tools, solutions, and capabilities by: Taking the time to talk with you about your organization’s goals, Gauging where your company stands technologically — including spotting weaknesses, improving performance, and identifying new opportunities — and Proposing alternative approaches to implementing technology capabilities that enable you to reach you goals, then delivering what you choose.