Choose the right technology partner


Choosing the right technology partner may be the most important part of every IT strategy or initiative. There are many heavy factors in this decision, but maybe the most important factor is to choose a partner who can provide all the services you need to complete the project. Many companies try to save money by breaking the project into components and find the cheapest providers for each. Even though this might look like a good idea at first, it can cause inconsistency and proven to be a nightmare integration. For example, if one company designs your application and develops your documentation and training, the knowledge and expertise obtained by the first company in the development process must now be transferred to or re-studied by the second company.

This process is usually translated into endless emails and phone calls to the principal material and developer. This same problem can display itself in many other situations too. Let’s say you farmed with graphic design working to the cheapest bidder and you hire another company to design your marketing collateral. Inevitably, your marketing partner will need a different logo version or a higher resolution to develop certain marketing goods, etc. This will cause you to spend your time coordinating the efforts between the two, or spending more money have a return designer image according to new specifications. As you can see, this problem can appear almost anywhere, wearing almost all costumes. This problem is more clear when you have a big project that will include development, documentation, training and marketing.

What is sought …

By finding a provider that offers several services that praise each other, you might be able to save your organization’s time and time and money. These companies may be a little more difficult to find and may not be as cheap as others, but can save your money in the long run. In searching for companies that offer “Bundled” services, try to group your project components logically. Graphic design, media, and marketing fit together very well, as well as the application and design and development of databases. By contracting “bundled service” you can easily shave a hundred hours or more than a project.

Recommendation …

Look for partners whose services include:

Website Design & Development
Application Design & Development
Graphic design
Branding (for print and screen)
Online Marketing / SEO
Video for TV / DVD / Web
Training and documentation
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