TAKE A TECH SNAPSHOT
There are different reasons why your business may want to have a tech assessment done.
Here are 4 reasons why your business may want to do a tech assessment.
1—You want to take a look under the covers.
Sometimes you just want to know where you stand.
I’m doing an assessment for a client right now who just wants a snapshot of where he’s at.
He’d like to know where his company's tech needs improvement.
And he’d like a basic roadmap.
2—You want to make sure your current provider is doing their job.
At times you may notice that your current tech provider isn't cutting it anymore.
Or you’re just not sure.
Or you honestly just want to know how they are doing.
A tech assessment can help.
3—It’s part of your annual plan.
Sometimes just knowing is half the battle.
You don’t know what you don’t know.
I work with clients that have an internal IT team where I do an annual tech assessment.
Similar to having a CPA review your books and make recommendations.
It’s all done in an effort to improve a company’s tech.
It’s not to blame the internal department.
4—You might be considering hiring a tech provider.
But you’re not sure if you’re ready yet.
In this instance, an assessment can give you insight into what may be needed in your tech environment.
But buyer beware.
Many tech providers use tech assessments as a sales tool.
Basically, pointing out things that they think are wrong as a method to gain your business.
And a biased opinion is not a good way to start a relationship.
The whole reason to get an assessment is to get an unbiased professional opinion of the tech in your business.
When tech providers use an assessment as a wedge they’re doing you a disservice.
I’ve done tech assessments where the current tech provider is doing a good job.
In those cases, I highlight the things that are needed and recommended that the client talkS to their current provider about the things that I found.
Now you know.
It’s important to know what you’re getting when you buy a tech assessment.
A tech assessment is actionable information that helps your business grow.
If it’s just a bunch of gobbledygook.
Or sheets and sheets of reports that mean nothing.
Or a boilerplate of blah.
It’s no good.
And honestly, it’s a waste of your money.
Small businesses need actionable data.
A tech assessment is a tool.
Use them wisely.