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Top 5 benefits of getting all your IT solutions from one provider

Author

Lindsay Harriss

Date

16 Feb, 2022

Category

Blog

Life is complicated enough these days without having to deal with umpteen different technology providers for your business IT solutions. Who needs the hassle of juggling various suppliers, and the unnecessary headaches this may cause, when you can find everything you require in one place? So, here we look at the top five benefits of getting all your IT solutions from a single, reliable provider, such as Prodec Networks.

Although you may think that, as the proverb goes, ‘putting all your eggs in one basket’ by getting your IT solutions from only one technology provider is a bit of a gamble, this is one instance where the saying does not hold true. Provided you do your research and choose a reliable, reputable IT partner, with a good track record, like Prodec, you can save yourself a whole lot of stress. In fact, this is a strategy which savvy businesses are increasingly wising up to. For example, Gartner predicts that many companies are leaning towards consolidating the numerous cybersecurity tools they use, and by 2024 30% of organisations will have adopted a collection of cloud-based solutions all from the same vendor. So, why does it pay to plump for just one technology provider? Well, here are some big advantages this approach can bring.

 

1. Could cut costs

Let’s start with what must be a major motivation for many – the possibility of saving money. By bundling several IT solutions together, from one provider, businesses can potentially cut costs considerably. For instance, a single supplier may offer discounts for providing multiple solutions, and by going through just one organisation, it can make budgeting more straightforward and predictable for a business. With a reputable provider, you can also tailor-make any interrelated solutions you take on, so you can customise them to specifically fit your business, and can add and remove services as needed. This means that you won’t have to fork out for features you don’t require, and can avoid the likelihood of paying for licences you don’t need. In addition, if all your interconnected IT is geared expressly for your business, you can make sure that it is designed to ensure your employees can be as efficient and productive as possible.

 

2. Makes it simpler to stay secure

Maintaining a secure network has never been more important, with the rise in remote working potentially making your business even more exposed to cyberthreats, and if your IT comes from various vendors, it could complicate matters and make it harder to stay secure. In fact, keeping it simple, with a single supplier, means that if a security concern arises, it should be quick and easy to identify any vulnerabilities and swiftly rectifying the issue. Indeed, the fewer the suppliers you have to rely on, the easier it can be to pinpoint and isolate a problem. With just one IT partner, you won’t need to wonder which product or provider is causing an issue, and can just quickly find a solution to fix it. Furthermore, you can also minimise the chance of suffering any security breaches in the first place, as with a single IT provider, you can get cybersecurity solutions specifically geared towards the particular products you have purchased from the same supplier, who will be aware of exactly what your business needs, so you can be sure you are fully protected.

3. Enables easier admin

Security is not the only thing that benefits from a strategy of getting all your IT solutions from one provider, as this can also make all your day-to-day admin a whole lot easier. For example, if you adopt several cloud services from the same provider, you may be able to share settings for devices and end-users across various services. It could also help your employees to be more efficient, if it means they can save time by being able to use fewer passwords and logins. It should also make it easier for your IT team to manage the technologies you adopt, as it can reduce the number of different control panels they have to access. In fact, on a purely practical level, setups, integrations and upgrades of IT should also prove far simpler, if there are not several suppliers involved, and adding or removing services should be as straightforward as can be. Indeed, even your finance team should find their admin simpler, as they can spend less time on billing and reconciling.

 

4. Simplifies technical support

If something goes wrong with your IT, who are you going to call? When you are using several different service providers, this can be a tricky situation, as with complex, interlinked technology solutions, it may not be clear cut what’s causing the problem and which provider is responsible. Confusion is not what you need in a crisis, and you may even find yourself dealing with several service desks, being sent from pillar to post with each supplier blaming the other for a fault, and no one needs such chaos. However, when your IT provider also supplies all your technical support, you only have a single point of contact for any IT concerns, and life is so much easier and more straightforward. Any issues can be dealt with promptly, with the least amount of hassle and any costly downtime minimised. In fact, what you really need, to take the worry away, is technical support on tap, and Prodec offers a 24/7/365 IT help desk facility, for ultimate reassurance.

5. Helps you see the big picture better

These days, no IT is an island unto itself, and using one technology provider for all your IT needs, can help you to see the big picture better, and ensure all your IT works as efficiently as possible together. For example, at Prodec, we collaborate closely with our customers to learn all their technology requirements, as one area can have a big impact on another and only when the whole is working well together, in synch, can you get the best from your IT. In fact, this holistic approach can bring a highly effective result, especially when your technology provider can supply all the compatible IT you need. For instance, if you are adopting a unified communications platform, to help improve collaboration in the new hybrid/remote working world, or any cloud-based system, you may also need to update your network architecture from multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) with software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN), to ensure that your new system operates as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

So, to discover just how Prodec could help you with all your business IT needs, and make your working life so much easier, get in touch today.