Most businesses today are complex organizations. Particularly for small- and mid-sized businesses, there’s a need to focus on products and services, marketing, sales, personnel, financing and keeping the lights on.
Worrying about various technology issues, on top of other responsibilities, is challenging for most small companies. Aging software, disconnected systems, ensuring compliance with government regulations, or ensuring your technology can keep up with the growth of your company all require extensive expertise and skill sets.
To thrive and keep a leg up on the competition, a successful company needs to have access to the very best technologies, insights, and suppliers.
Technology advisers, also known as software consultants or value-added resellers, specialize in knowing solutions for running your business. They are on top of the latest products, current features and plans for future versions. This includes:
- Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) – software for accounting, finance, operations, forecasting and planning
- Customer Relationship Management (CRM) – software for marketing, sales, and service
- Business Intelligence (BI) – software for reporting and planning your strategy
As a crucial component of an IT strategy, a software consulting firm gives companies more flexibility, more strategic options, and considerable leverage.
For smaller businesses, in particular, a software consulting firm can save considerable resources for learning about, designing, acquiring, building, installing and implementing customized solutions.
What they are not
Technology advisers are not manufacturers or retailers. They are neither making the products they implement or stocking shelves with thousands of products. Instead, they are experts in taking specific needs and creating a technological solution, integrating the solution with other software the client is using currently or plans to buy.
Earning the value
Technology advisers that work most effectively are able to work closely with clients. This close collaboration allows for maximum efficacy and efficiency. They have the advantage of having relationships with dozens, if not hundreds, of different manufacturers. As such, there are seemingly endless opportunities for possible solutions.
With a keen understanding of available products and the client’s needs and industry, technology advisers can craft solutions that are affordable and meet the demands of a client. technology advisers work closely to understand not just current needs but anticipate future possibilities to build systems that are scalable as a client’s business grows and evolves.
Forging the future
As technology evolves, so too do technology advisers. New tools relative to cloud computing, mobile workforces, the Internet of Things, hypercomputing, remote connectivity, large data sets, and more complex analytics are re-imagining all types of industries.
For those companies that want to be on the cutting edge of these technologies, software consultants act as internal experts, staying up on the latest and greatest innovations and recommending how they can improve operations, productivity, and profitability.
At NexTec, we understand the pressures on companies. As a software consulting firm, we offer clients insights into business intelligence (BI), enterprise resource planning (ERP), and customer relationship management (CRM). Download the NexTec Corporate Overview Brochure to learn more about how NexTec can help your company.