Is your business struggling to get the service it deserves from its IT support provider? If you’re considering making the move, we appreciate this can be daunting. Transitioning your IT support can seem complicated and stressful but by planning and taking the right steps, you can make the process smoother for your business.
In this blog, we will map the path to achieving a much less stressful IT support transition so that your business can get back on the road to maximizing the efficiency, reliability and security of your business.
The first step towards achieving a stress-free transition is to embrace the power of planning. There will be a number of elements to consider as you prepare for the transition:
- What IT support does your business need, and what kinds of support might it need in the future?
- Where are the shortfalls in your current supplier’s provision?
- What services are you current getting? How are they measured and benchmarked?
- In a transition process, what operational dependencies does your business have on the supplier? How can any associated risks be mitigated in the process?
- For your new supplier, what will your budget and expectations be?
By considering these points you can start aligning your business for a smooth transition to a provider that will cater to your current needs and how they can scale in the future. In terms of the transition process, for many services it will be possible to create a smooth handover on an established date so that there is a minimal chasm in your IT support coverage. However, depending on the technologies used by the two providers, it will be important to enquire with both to align all pieces for the IT support transition.
Communication is the lifeblood of successful IT support transitions and projects. For a stress-less transition, we recommend mapping all the stakeholders involved, including individuals and organizations. Develop a stakeholder communication plan to implement proactively and keep regular contact with the key players in the transition to ensure all facets of it are running as planned.
In addition, by communicating clearly and engaging your team in the transition, you can boost morale and encourage an embrace of these changes, making for a more positive process. Some important facets to maintain communication on include:
- The anticipated timeline
- Transition goals
- Maintaining documentation relevant to the transition
- Any changes in how your business will operate during and after the transition
- That your new provider has everything it needs for the transition at each step
Partner with the Right IT Support Provider
Of course, before you jump ship, you’ll want a better one to get onboard with! Finding the right IT support provider will involve a variety of criteria, including their expertise, services, industry-focus, a solid track record, and their approach to IT support. Consider the following when finding the right IT support provider for your business:
- Industry-focus: If they specialize in serving businesses similar to yours, they will be more likely to offer enhanced value to your business.
- Social proof: Check their vendors, certifications, skills, years in business, case studies, and reviews to ensure they are a quality provider.
- Compliance: Some MSPs specialize in compliance with certain regulations and can use technology to help your business to comply more seamlessly. For example, we are specialists in compliance in HIPAA and CMMC.
- Services: ensure your new provider can fully accommodate your current and future needs.
- Tailored support: your new provider should be able to bring a tailored rather than cookie-cutter approach to serving your business.
Prepare for the Change
Old habits die hard, but preparing for change can help your team to embrace the change. You can also help prepare for the change by holding introductions between your new provider and your team, as well as offer onboarding training for any new tools or processes that will be involved in receiving services from your new provider. By doing this, you can help your team to feel more comfortable and confident about the transition.
Test For Confidence
Before the new IT system and services are rolled out in your business, being careful to test them is a crucial way for ensuring a smooth IT support transition. You can work with your new provider to create a testing environment that mimics your live IT environment so that you can assess the functionality, reliability and compatibility of your new IT solution for your IT environment. This will allow you to get insights into anything that could be changed before the real transition.
Documentation is the unsung hero of a stress-free transition. Get your team to document any relevant processes, procedures and configurations that can be helpful to your new supplier and leverage your existing supplier for any documentation that will be helpful. With comprehensive documentation aligned and communicated before the transition, you will help to ensure a smoother process that also empowers your new supplier.
By taking these steps you can make your IT support transition much easier for your business. It doesn’t need to cause headaches! Remember, the path to a much more serene IT support transition is paved by careful preparation, communication, teamwork and a dose of optimism. By implementing this advice your business will enjoy a win-win; a stress-free transition and superior support with its technology from a provider that is better placed to serve your goals.
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