Your workplace needs to keep pace with today’s IoT-driven world or, sooner or later, suffer the consequences of falling behind the pack. Larger enterprises typically have the money and IT staff required to set up a connected infrastructure, but small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) may not. Tackling such a project involves a myriad of tasks—ranging from creating enterprise manager user accounts to deploying hardware and software—that require a lot of expertise and money. If this leaves your SMB struggling for a solution, consider the benefits of partnering with a third-party vendor.

But before you dive headfirst into selecting a vendor, keep these three tips in mind.

  • Choose an established vendor: When vetting third-party vendors, be sure to look for ones that have established a history of success in your market. Find out who they’ve partnered with in the past and how long they’ve been in business. Discover the current financial status of their businesses. Choose a vendor that is going to “partner”—not remove your control over operations or, conversely, leave decision making entirely up to you.
  • Choose technology that will accommodate growth: When implementing new technology, keep future growth in mind. The vendor with which you partner should take a look at all aspects of your enterprise and ensure that its equipment is a good fit with not only your existing business needs but future ones as well.
  • Stick to the basics: As an SMB, your needs may not require a slew of technologies. That’s OK. The technology should simply line up with how your business operates and plans to operate in the future. Begin your transition with what you need to enhance productivity today. Over time, your organization’s infrastructure will naturally become more complex as it adapts, adopts new applications and grows. This relates back to using a vendor that is knowledgeable and experienced enough to identify the specific needs of your enterprise.

Setting up a new connected infrastructure can produce a lot of stress. By partnering with a third-party vendor, you will be able to concentrate on core processes as opposed to worrying about integrating new technology. Find an experienced vendor that will take the time to understand your company’s plan for growth and be able to accommodate it.

To learn more about how a third-party vendor like AAJ can assist in your business’s infrastructure setup, click here.