If you've decided to implement IT management solutions, chosen a provider, and signed a contract, congratulations--you've just made a truly great investment in your company's future. Now it's time for the big question: what can you expect in this first year? Let's find out! A Long-Term Relationship When you sign a contract with an IT management provider, you're not just making a business deal--you're starting a long-term relationship. A provider should be loyal, trustworthy, and interested in learning more about you and your needs. At the same time, you should feel confident and comfortable enough to communicate any questions you might have. When you strike this perfect balance, you'll find that your IT solutions are stronger, more efficient, and more effective--simply because a partnership is better for business than a simple "agreement." First Steps So, what can you expect in the first year of an IT management contract? Here's a closer look! #1: Training It's important to make sure everyone's on the same page. Your first year of IT management will likely include a lot of training to keep employees informed, educated, and comfortable with all the big changes. #2: Upgrades IT management isn't all about starting from scratch, but sometimes a few well-timed upgrades are just what you need. Your provider will work with you to identify machines and software that are out-of-date, inefficient, or simply not a good fit for your current and future needs. Then, your provider will help you budget for the new tech, so you don't have to break the bank. #3: Plans One more thing you're likely to work on during your first year is long-term planning. This involves a new approach to tech--for example, implementing proactive solutions instead of waiting for something to break before you fix it--and a careful look at your workflows, network, and security. Want to learn more about IT management? Looking to start a long-term partnership with an IT provider? Contact ustoday!