Today, there are enough IT companies to make any business owner’s head spin when it comes to selecting a vendor. Furthermore, you will likely have to stick to the decision you make for quite a long time, while making any changes will have a significant impact on your business and bottom line. So, businesses should consider the five following factors when choosing a technology partner:
If a potential vendor doesn’t share your business values it’s likely you’re not gonna stick together. If your company cares about customer service, good reputation, and quality, while a potential vendor doesn’t, probably you’d better consider other candidates. The reason is that you will expect your IT partner to treat your company as you treat your own clients. Once it doesn’t come true you are gonna be disappointed.
Of course, you can find a great vendor in almost any country on the planet. However, before signing the contract check if you and the team, that you are actually going to work with, speak the same language. It is a common situation when only top management and sales managers speak the language while the team actually doesn’t.
Check if a potential vendor has enough expertise to meet your requirements. If you need to create an accounting software, you’d better choose a company that has at least basic knowledge in the domain. It will help to reduce delivery time, overall cost, as well as affect general quality.
Check social networks, news, blogs, references to get as many information as possible. It is better to know beforehand who you are dealing with than to start a long research over again after signing a contract
Do not count on low price if you need high quality (only if you are very lucky). We do not say it is impossible, just recommend to double check. Remember, if you buy cheaply, you pay dearly.