As part of doing your research, make sure you ask to speak to current clients for a live testimonial and even if you can see their set up operationally first hand. On top of this, get your hands on a test version during an initial trial period to make sure your key people buy into the solution and that you are all comfortable that you have made the right decision for now and the future.2. How much support and maintenance do the products you are buying need long term?
Because most vendors offer different support hours and service level agreements, make sure that the vendor you choose have support hours that suit your business and their response times are in line with the amount your business relies on the technology in question.3. Build and maintain an accurate inventory of hardware, software and appropriate licenses
As mentioned in our IT Health Check blog, it is crucial that you know where your money is being spent and who the money is being spent on. By having a current list of inventory, expenditure will be easy to track and you will also have something to quickly hand over to potential vendors so that they can check for compatibility.
4. Standardise equipment, software platforms and configurations
5. Control user access to applications, settings, network resources, databases and other IT assets
By locking down your system with passwords, user profiles and hierarchical preferences, you will have a much more secure network which will ultimately minimise risk of IP theft and viruses. In addition to this, it will stop users installing unauthorised software or changing settings and permissions that can cause damage to your equipment and network.Taking these points into consideration will help you on your way to keeping your IT costs at a minimum while also ensuring you choose the right solution for your business.