Deciding which communication solutions are right for your business is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Here are some of the common mistakes to avoid.
1 Buying on price.
When it comes to technology, you really do get what you pay for and “paying twice” after realizing a mistake has been made, is not an experience that anyone enjoys.
2 Assuming credibility & competence by association.
Buying from the company that supports your printers / copiers / coffee machines / etc, or the company that does your electrical cabling / plumbing / window treatments …. This would be self-explanatory you’d think, but you would be surprised how often such relationships, no matter how tenuous, can lead to disastrous consequences elsewhere in the business.
3 Settling For Less
Settling for a solution that “does most of what we want” will invariably result in disappointment. Lowering your expectations (often to justify a price-advantage) and therefore lowering the actual deliverable benefits to the business.
4 Failing to Test A Potential Suppliers Credentials
It’s important to get check the references of your potential supplier – do they only have a few or is there a long list of customers that speak highly of them? Reputations are earned and others who have engaged with a prospective technology supplier will have a view on them, good or bad. Don’t find out the bad through a newspaper article on a Sunday morning.
5 Following the Trend
Whatever the latest buzz-word; is that technology/solution/deployment model actually the right one for your business? Speak to experts and canvas a range of opinions to get a good understanding of just what the solution offers. What is right for some is not a forgone conclusion to be right for others.