As a business owner, you have a unique dilemma when it comes to finding IT support for your company. It’s incredibly easy to go down the wrong path with Information Technology. Why?Something makes IT different than many other professions, and it may have never crossed your mind.
There are no barriers to entry to the profession.
In contrast, you can’t just decide one day that you’re going to be a medical doctor, lease an office, buy a stethoscope and start seeing patients. Same for an attorney. Same for an accountant, a police officer, a dentist, an insurance agent, a teacher, a pilot.
But anyone at all can do business as an IT professional. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. But it does mean that as a business owner, you have your work cut out for you when you choose a partner to design your business’ technology infrastructure.
How can you protect yourself from a mistake? Two ways:
First – request academic credentials. Your consultant should be able to produce a degree from a respected university in one of these programs:
Bachelor of Computer Science, (abbreviated BCompSc or BCS)
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BScIT)
Bachelor of Computer Information Systems (abbreviated BSc CIS)
Bachelor of Information Management (BIM) or Management Information Systems (MIS)
Second – request a few references. Look for other businesses of similar size and scope where there is a track record of success for a period of years.
If both of these heuristic tests are met successfully then you’ve significantly raised your chances of having found a superb IT consultant!
Think about it the next time you consider taking your computer to Best Buy – are there computer scientists that hold degrees from respected institutions working at the Geek Squad for $12/hour?