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A modern IT system is not a luxury anymore. Nearly any business can benefit from the latest IT capabilities, but, for small businesses especially, the required expertise is probably not available in-house. That’s where an IT consultant can deliver the right capabilities — matched specifically to the needs of that business. CITOC, a leading Houston IT consultant, is one example of a resource that provides these critical services.
CITOC is pleased to be able to recommend and implement solutions from Microsoft and equally pleased to work with minority-owned businesses. With the growing diversity of the business community in Houston, it’s not only the right thing to do — it’s a smart business strategy.
A good IT consulting firm provides a full suite of IT support. Along with the expected system installation, configuration and maintenance, this support should also include network-wide antivirus systems, data back-up services and comprehensive performance monitoring.
CITOC provides this support to businesses seeking IT consulting services in the Houston area, and analysis shows that CITOC’s full-service support plan is about one-third the cost of just one internal IT employee. Also, a fully outsourced IT team can provide more expertise than any single IT employee, so the savings only increases, as the internal headcount would scale up as a business grows.
One key IT issue these days is how to leverage cloud computing. CITOC’s cloud computing team can help any Houston business identify the right solutions for their particular situation. Microsoft’s solutions, for example, are often a good match for a wide range of businesses. The cloud can be especially beneficial for small businesses, many of which are minority-owned, since exporting computing requirements to centralized hardware prevents that business from investing in and maintaining their own facilities. It also gives them the flexibility of increasing or customizing their solutions as their business evolves. An IT consultant with expertise in identifying and implementing the right cloud solutions — which can change over time — can significantly impact a business’s bottom line.
People often worry about security when their IT infrastructure is housed outside their walls, but the secure data centers of CITOC’s cloud computing services are actually more secure than systems created by small businesses. It is difficult for small businesses to keep up with all the latest security threats and solutions, but, for a Houston IT consultant such as CITOC, your security is the top priority.
Finally, an IT consultant can provide the high-level vision and guidance needed in modern businesses as an outsourced CIO (Chief Information Officer). Hiring a C-level executive is an expensive proposition — if you can even find the right person for the job! For Houston businesses considering an IT consultant, CITOC can provide the right level of expertise and experience to lead the whole IT function of a business.
For example, a CIO needs a thorough understanding of a business to identify and implement the proper cost-effective solutions. A variety of IT challenges exist in sales, HR, finance, and manufacturing, and the right mix of solutions depends of the nature and size of the business. CITOC’s experts can be your CIO and create this strategy, letting the other executives worry about their part of the business.
Whatever your IT challenges, an IT consultant can provide solutions. CITOC, a leading Houston IT consulting firm, is fully equipped to manage the IT side of your business, and we are proud to partner with Microsoft and the minority-owned business community to do this.