Computer and Networking Consulting companies are popping all over the place these days, I have noticed, actually personally seen people who have little knowledge of this business, yet they start their own business with a notion that just because they have taken some of the IT Industry Certifications such as MCSE, A+, MCP etc gives them the ability to run a Computer and Network Consulting business.
In fact running a Computer and Network Cosulting style business that offers high end and solid services such as Infrastructure Design, Disaster Recovery, HIPAA, SOX, PCI Compliance, Network Audit and security, Managed Services requires lot of work, coordination, leadership skills, project management skills, sales skills, customer service skills, time management skills as well as technical knowledge. Now how do you acquire these skills? To be very honest with you, these skills can’t be acquired by taking IT Certifications, just because some one took their MCSE or A+ does not mean that they know the business and are suitable to manage your business’ Technical Infrastructure or even advise you on it.
Yes such a person would be cheap, you can probably hire a person like that for probably $20 to $30 per hour but will he make the right decisions for your business needs? Answer is NO.
When you hire a Computer and Networking Consultant consider some of the points:
These are just some of the points that I can think of, in the end it is you who have to decide what is good for you and your business. Use your own judgment and imagination, remember its your business you don’t want just any one to handle your Technology needs, you don’t want to give the keys to your Kingdom (your office computers, servers and network) to just any one.
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