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Feeling all fogged in by the cloud? Knowing you need to loft at least some of your workloads into this rarefied computing atmosphere, but not sure which type of transition is right for your enterprise? You’re not alone. Cloud computing has become a necessity for even the largest global companies. When you harness the expertise of IT consultants, you can be more strategic about implementing cloud computing, and you can do it faster.

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As soon as you begin your search for IT outsourcing consultants, you’ll realize there are more firms out there than you expected. Complicating matters, each of these firms can be quite different, so it’s not easy to compare and evaluate them. What is easy is quickly culling those that clearly do not have your best interests at heart.

If you run into IT outsourcing consultants with any of these three traits, immediately cross them off your prospect list and move on:

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You’ve been advised by your colleagues to hire a data center consultant. Or perhaps you’ve recommended to your CEO and CFO that they approve bringing in a consultant to help you contemplate your data center’s future. The question on everyone’s mind is: does a data center consultant really solve anything? Advice is only good if it has actionable value.

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Return on investment is something corporate managers think about all the time. It’s how you ensure profitability. Calling in an IT sourcing advisory to help plan your IT future can be a strategically smart move, but how do you know you’re getting the best possible return on that investment?

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Every company considering hiring IT outsourcing consultants has a somewhat different goal in mind, and there’s no point bringing in outside help if it won’t get you closer to those goals. Would teaming up with a consultant give you the solutions you’re looking for?  

Yes, to put it succinctly, and for two reasons.

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Confused about how to compare IT consultants? There are many to choose from, and it’s vital to pick the right one, so you can be sure your consulting experience will go smoothly and you’ll get the great advice you need. The worst thing you can do is assume all IT consultants are the same.

Don’t start looking for solution or sourcing advice until you are clear internally on your IT goals and long-term business goals. Your IT consultants will need that information – as you do, of course – to help you most expertly with tailored recommendations, whether you’re looking for help with a narrow-scope project or full-scale IT transformation.

As you’re evaluating IT consultants, look for a firm that embodies all five of these characteristics.

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Competitive advantage. There’s something that’s getting harder to come by, especially for large global companies with highly complex operations. It’s no longer simply a matter of developing a better mousetrap, or beating some other company’s price, or being the first to establish your firm in a new market. Employing a data center consultant can do more for your company than helping you identify ways to boost and streamline your mainframe or other systems.

The right consultant can help you obtain specific competitive advantages. Here are three that should interest you:

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When you conjure up a mental picture of a professional IT sourcing advisory, what comes to mind? If you’ve never worked directly with IT consultants, you may not know what to expect, so your picture may be especially fuzzy.

Let’s see if we can help bring your picture into sharp relief. With a clear picture in mind, you’ll be able to find the IT sourcing advisory that represents the best fit for your organization and guidance needs.

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