How to understand and overcome the fears of Switching IT Companies.
It is common for business owners to have certain fears when changing their IT company. It may be loss of control, uncertainty if they will deliver on their promises or concerns about whether your previous IT provider will play ball during handover. It is important to know that these are normal fears, but the way to overcome them is to consider what your business needs and what you want from your IT company.
As your business grows, you find certain providers would not have joined the growth path with you.
The path may differ because of these reasons:
Fear 1 – Control
The real fear is knowing your IT company has access to your entire business; they look after so many facets that it is tough to know what they do or don’t look after.
As time goes by, we continuously add on more and more services until we get to this weird unknown point and forget what sits where. Of course, we look to our vendors to keep things together, but they should have control at this stage.
Tip – Have an Audit completed by an external company or even a tech-savvy person within the business.
These are the key points you would need to look out for:
Fear 2 – Delivery
We know that the sales process makes you feel warm and fuzzy sometimes, but once that’s all done, you may find yourself asking, “Will these people deliver what they have promised?” or “How do I know they are better than what I currently have?”It feels like taking a massive leap of faith.
References – These can come in handy; however, we all know people share their best references. Therefore, it is essential to ask the right questions as the answers can affect your final decision. There are a few key questions to ask, which will give you the answers you are looking for:
A trial period – service level agreement businesses tend to sign up contracts upfront, we suggest two clauses to add to the agreement:
Deliverable guarantees – these need to be put in upfront to keep all parties liable, as the trial period gives anyone the option to opt-out with no recourse.
Fear 3 – Switching Providers/ IT Companies
It isn’t always easy when you move providers, as companies make the switch unnecessarily challenging.
Know your rights; they will come in handy.
Always give ample notice time to run the two providers concurrently to ensure there is no downtime.
You indirectly own all communication services rendered by a provider:
Under the equity ownership regulations of ICASA, if your domain’s paid up to date, it belongs to you, no matter which vendor registered it and which platform they have it on.
Leaving any relationship amicably is in the best interest. However, we have found a slow and steady migration is more manageable, whereas a complete takeover could be messy, and one could be missing things.
During this time, you migrate services over piece by piece, potentially in the below order:
In conclusion, switching IT companies can be daunting, with fears ranging from loss of control to uncertainty of delivery and difficulty in switching providers. However, with the right approach, these fears can be mitigated. It is important to complete an external audit, gather references, and consider a trial period with deliverable guarantees. Additionally, business owners should be aware of their rights and make a slow and steady migration, leaving the relationship amicably and migrating services piece by piece. By considering these key points, business owners can ensure a smooth transition and find the right IT company to meet their business needs and growth.