There's nothing worse than spending a fortune on something you don't need. But it's easily done, especially with IT procurement. How do you avoid making costly mistakes here?
Finding the right hardware for you can be simple. But if you don't know your end users' needs, aren't looking for technology that offers several fixes and haven't spoken to anyone who's used the products you're interested in, you may end up buying the wrong solution.
To avoid an IT procurement disaster, avoid these key pitfalls.
Not Thinking About Your End Users
If you don't know what your end users actually need your hardware for, you could accidentally spend big money on technology that won't help them. Before buying any new hardware, think about your users and how they'll be using it. Will they mostly work in the office, or will they be travelling a lot? What software do they currently use, and how often do they use it?
Don't assume one solution will work for everyone; find out what your users need their hardware for and research products that will fill their needs. You may learn your users have similar work habits, but taking the time to discover this is worth it.
Buying Products that Lack Versatility
Once you know how your users will be using your hardware, you may want to buy the first product you see that matches their needs. But rushing at this stage could mean you miss out on some extra benefits. Let's think about your users again for a second.
Some of them may want hardware they can use while they're travelling, so you look at products that are lightweight and don't take up lots of space. This is good, but you can do better. An extra bonus in this scenario would be hardware that also has long battery-life. Your user could use it during long-distance journeys when they don't have access to a charging point.
Don't look for hardware that solves one problem; look for hardware that solves lots of problems.
Ignoring Success Stories (Or a Lack of)
You've found hardware that will support your end users and offers several benefits - in theory, at least. Until the technology's in their hands, there's no promise it'll be a wise investment.
So before you hit the 'pay now' button, talk to people that've used the hardware you're thinking of buying. Ask them what they like about it, what they don't like, and how they think it could be better. If they don't have anything good to say, or if no one has anything to say at all, these may be signs you should avoid that particular technology.
Not Reviewing Your Current Hardware
Like we said at the start of this blog post, there's no bigger mistake then spending lots on something you don't need. So before you even think about new hardware, be brutally honest with yourself. Do you really need it, or do you just want it? And could you be using your current hardware more effectively?
If this does what your users need it for, and there are ways of making it better, then there's no need to spend time researching technology or part ways with your cash. Keep this in mind during your next procurement of IT equipment.
How to Find the Right Hardware for You
After learning what your users need their hardware for and talking to those with first-hand experience of the technology on your shortlist, you'll have a much better idea of the products you should be buying. If it can solve more than one problem, that's great, and if you realise your existing hardware has untapped potential, that's even better.
Speedster IT will review your hardware and suggest where you should invest in new technology, and how you can improve your current products. Unlike major online outlets, which can charge high prices and rarely supply equipment for businesses, we can source the devices you need directly from the distributor.
For advice, feel free to get in touch.