IT management is only as good as the provider you choose. Excellent providers have the power to protect your data, improve your communication, boost your efficiency, and even save you money--while not-so-great providers can cause more problems than they solve. Today, we'll offer a few tips to help you tell the difference! Good Provider, Bad Provider It's not always easy to decide if you're talking to a good IT management provider or a bad one. After all, everyone wants you to think that they're smart, upstanding, and efficient when you talk to them upfront--but only a truly excellent provider will fulfill every promise they made in the beginning. How do you tell the difference? Well, the truth is that you do have the power, the information, and the tools to make the right choice--you have to be confident enough to do a little digging. Here's how to choose a provider who will never let you down! Step #1: Do preliminary research. This is where you get to stretch your "novice detective" muscles. Research everything; study the company's website, look up reviews from multiple sources and even call business contacts if possible. Bad providers can't hide forever. Step #2: Make a call. You'll want to talk directly to the provider, if at all possible. Ask what their priorities are, what their strategies look like, and how they handle costs and contracts. If they're not willing to spend time answering your questions, that's a huge red flag. Step #3: Be confident. Remember, you want an IT management provider to be on your side no matter what--so don't be afraid to ask some big "what if" questions (like "what if there's a security breach?" or "what if we decide a solution isn't working for us after it's implemented?"). A good provider will put you at ease, while a bad one won't have much to say and will leave you feeling nervous. Ready to implement IT management? Stuck looking for that perfect provider? Contact us today for all the help you need!