Monday, 7 March 2016

IT Consulting Services - Cost-Effective and Efficient Solution IT Needs

IT is involved throughout the business industry, and can be described as a common thread which runs inside-out and upside-down in the varied business operations and processes. It is also important to note that a specialized approach towards IT can do wonders for the businesses. The zooming IT advancements and the latest integrated IT solutions are busy giving away various conveniences. They are playing a pivotal part while enabling varied business features, innumerable opportunities and competitive preferences just in the nick of time.  It is up to the businesses to take the surplus advantage as well as the enhanced capabilities through IT.

As the title suggests, this write-up focusses on the different perspectives of IT consulting services and how they turn out to be cost-effective and efficient in varied business set-ups and situations.

•    First, it is necessary to acknowledge some important facts about IT and why ‘consulting’ is the best option rather than an in-house IT department. While, most business managers are under impression that IT consulting services are expensive and involve many time-consuming hassles, while some others are wary of getting an external agency into the business processes. This then makes them maintain an internal IT department for catering to the comprehensive IT needs of the organization.  However, the reality of reliable IT consulting services is a complete contrast to the above mentioned clauses.

•    IT has reached a stage where it is one of the ‘indispensable’ as well as ‘absolutely specialized’ services. Indispensable does not need an explanation. However, one has to come to terms with ‘IT service being absolutely specialized’ assertion. IT has almost become a backbone of various business operations, be it marketing (collaborative and other needs), HR or production. And, this has to be attributed to the recent upgradations through several new technologies in IT.

•    Hiring an external IT agency takes good care of the “specialized” factor of the current IT demands. IT consulting services cover the entire aspects of IT requirements in a business. Plus, such a service adequately addresses the customization and alignment issues with the help of latest technologies. All this, with a keen eye on the costs, time-frames and effectiveness.

•    What more? The IT solutions proposed by knowledgeable and experienced consultants further contribute to the cost-effectiveness and the efficiency of the business with due advantages. First, the solutions speed-up and ease out the processes which means enhanced productivity and perfect ‘ROI’. Next and equally important, the exclusive competitive edge gained by the business- agility as mentioned above and work flexibilities. These necessarily mean thriving growth and a perfect opportunity to expand or diversify.

•    When we are talking of “recent upgradations through the IT consultants” we are simply putting the ‘intense’ power that such IT implementations can render- being cost-effective as well as efficacious throughout.

Talking about IT in Dubai, one comes across various IT consulting companies which present distinct competence as well as enhanced capabilities. And this makes it perfect to be one of the technology-savvy businesses in Dubai.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Challenges Associated with IT Security Companies

The modern era is full of conveniences and easy ways of getting things done, thanks to the booming IT and the related technologies making their way in various walks of trade and business scenarios. However, as the integrations and upgradations in IT have enhanced our experience with technology, it also has to shoulder the biggest responsibility- the increased ‘vulnerability’ introduced in the businesses through IT systems, networks and integrations.

So taking this ahead, we are essentially going to talk about the earlier as well as the more recent challenges that have been associated with the IT security companies. For example, if we take Dubai, a well-advanced and a busy centre of business, we would want to find out the prominent security challenges that are faced by the businesses here and the probable ways used by the IT security companies in Dubai to tackle them.

•    Businesses in the SME sector are constantly facing different challenges, and of those most of them have to do with the extreme limitations on the ready finances and capitals. In such a situation, it is quite possible to give less importance to the security of the IT systems working relentlessly in the business. But, this can lead to big disasters in the form of hackings, slow-down of the systems and eventually to other issues related to the IT systems like theft of sensitive business data including trade secrets and so on.

•    With the latest IT integrations and facilities, like the use of cloud computation technology, businesses have started sprinting ahead within no time. But, it is imperative that the upgradations are adopted with a fair amount of protection and IT security companies in Dubai step in here.

•    “Advances in technology fuels cybercrime innovation”- a famous quote in the top IT circles. It simply puts forward a well-known proposition -as you advance your technology, you will also need to advance your security measures. The responsible teams looking after IT indeed need to gear up and stay alert for the latest kinds of threats through the unprotected IT systems. 

•    The rules and regulations in this arena are also well-defined by authorities for the same reason. Organisations (especially finance, healthcare and so on) need to be perfectly aligned with the compliant procedures associated with the security of their IT systems. If not, then pay heavy fines and difficult penalties in most parts of the world.

•    The answer to all the cyber security issues is a neatly-formed security strategy. Such a way of handling security issues faced by a majority of organizations is a proven methodology and works to avert major security breaches. And the best way to get it done is through a reliable security partner.

An IT security company has varied means of checking your IT systems and introducing apt practices, procedures and plans to mitigate the high-risk security issues that are likely to be faced by business organisations. They carry the required expertise through easily managed teams, strategic partnerships with the global security agencies (products and services) and typical schedules in order to keep you up-to-date as regards to newer threats and authority requisites as well.

Factors to consider when selecting IT service Providers in UAE

Outsourcing has become one of the preferred strategies in the SME domain in the world trade scenario and UAE is no different. Most business managers find it easy to dole out typical business processes to an external agency. There are varied reasons for choosing ‘outsourcing’ over ‘in-house’ arrangements in today’s business conditions. First and foremost, it wins the ‘most-economic way of doing business’ award for the present situation-where agility, competition and cost advantage are the most vital paradigms. The other reasons, more or less, point towards the age-specific alterations. For example, take the case of eased-out-enhanced communication channels available for today’s businesses and of course, the favourite factor remains-specialized knowledge and experience-rich services, readily available for varied functions of business. Thus, a business model which takes perfect advantage of ‘outsourcing’ is the most-preferred one in present time.

Outsourcing? Yes, but, exactly how? and what are the important factors while bringing in an “IT service provider in UAE?”.

Being successful old player in the IT service domain as an outsourced service provider, we have enumerated the following factors which should be considered before selecting an IT service partner:

•    While most of the bidders will claim a variety of assistance and a blend of managed services, it helps immensely to be sure and firm while you choose yours according to your requirements and expectations. You have to be sure when you entrust your IT department to the vendor.

•    Check whether the provider is experienced. While most providers will sound the same before a contract is signed, some of them might have different standards as regards to the nature and characteristics of the provided IT services. References will say a lot about the vendor unless, of course when they are authentic. Thus, the first thing one needs to check is through the set of authentic references.

•    While checking out the references, it will help to know pertinent facts about the kind of projects handled by the Teams at the IT provider’s end. As an imperative, one should be doubly sure of the technical expertise which will be offered. For example, one should check the IT provision domains for a start. If you find the IT vendor relatively new but promising, then it will help to check on his technological teams, strategic partnerships and so on before getting him in the picture.

•    Check the support policies and procedures: It is important for the business to have its IT up and running continuously without any breaks. Thus, an IT vendor should have conducive support policies in order to provide able support. Even a small delay and down-time can cause considerable issues in turn in the organisation’s deliveries. See for a vendor who can serve on-demand support.

While going through the important checklists, it is also essential to put yourself on a safer platform as a service seeker. It is certainly advisable to confirm small contracts to check on the performance before going ahead with longer and larger assignments in due course of time.