What is a trusted technology advisor, and why do companies of all sizes need one in 2023?
We’re seeing a lot of really exceptional companies struggling with how to analyze, select, design, and implement technology solutions.
As the business world becomes increasingly competitive, technology can be the difference maker in gaining an edge in your market space.
So, regardless of your industry, company size, or operational scope, a trusted technical advisor will be one of your most strategic partnerships in 2023 and beyond.
But what exactly is a trusted technology advisor?
We’ll answer that question in this post. We’ll also discuss the benefits you can expect for your business and what to look for in a tech advisor.
This post is all about you. And we want to reinforce what technology, in the right hands, can do to make your business more competitive and successful. Here’s what you’ll learn:
- What Is a Trusted Technology Advisor?
- What Benefits Can You Expect From A Strategic Relationship With A Trusted Technology Advisor?
- Several Real-World Transformative Technologies You Need To Be Aware Of
- Where Do You Go From Here?
Any trusted advisory relationship is founded on a common expectation between two parties of honesty, openness, and genuine concern for the well-being of the other.
We found an excellent corollary to that thought, as reflected in business and technology relationships, from the global consultants at Aon:
A trusted advisor is an individual or a company that works collaboratively with their clients as a strategic partner. Harnessing extensive knowledge and experience, trusted advisors provide advice and guidance tailored to a firm’s needs and objectives over time.
Now let’s drill down a little deeper.
What Exactly Is a Trusted Technology Advisor?
We see businesses facing constant challenges in their attempts to keep up with emerging technology trends, make informed decisions, and leverage cost-effective, cutting-edge solutions to drive growth and expand their competitive advantage.
We’re also seeing the most significant challenges for small and mid-sized companies on the technology integration side of the equation. It’s difficult enough to stay on top of the latest-greatest technologies and their application for your unique business. Designing and integrating these technologies into cohesive, seamless workflows is even more challenging.
The intersection of integration services and software expertise with technology infrastructures, software applications, business workflows, and operations is where the need for an information technology advisory partner becomes crucial.
A trusted technology advisor is a strategic partner who understands emerging technologies and their potential impact on your business. More importantly, though, your partner will understand technology’s role in your unique business, workflows, operations, and integration requirements.
In other words, it’s all about integrating technology to provide you with maximum benefits in the context of your clearly defined goals and objectives.
Your technology advisor should make every solution about improving your business with concrete, measurable outcomes.
These strategic relationships are all about trust, knowledge sharing and transfer, and clearly communicated, shared objectives.
In a nutshell, the relationship is all about you and enhancing your business operations with technology.
So, What Benefits Should You Expect From A Strategic Relationship With A Trusted Technology Advisor?
Strategic relationships start with the right teams and the appropriate experiential knowledge base to build right-sized, scalable, agile business solutions. It takes knowledge and experience to analyze, select, design, and integrate the right solution, at the right time, for your objectives.
That takes planning, flexibility, and agility, as the global technology advisors at The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) pointed out in a recent article:
In 2023, businesses need to make decisions based on IT strategy while planning for the future. While it can be difficult to predict where technologies will ultimately land, planning an agile infrastructure is certainly a top priority for businesses in the coming year.
You can take that to the bank. Your trusted technology advisor must have a deep understanding of agile solutions and software integration. They need to know how to build solutions leveraging the cloud, on-prem, hosted, owned, and rented technology assets, as well as IaaS, SaaS, PaaS, and microservices.
What other benefits should you expect? Look for these intrinsic benefits from your partnership, above and beyond technical and integration capabilities:
- Strategic Alignment On Business Objectives
- Expert Insights and Recommendations Based On Your Short And Long-Term Goals
- Reduced Risk With Agile Solution Design, Implementation, And Integration
A trusted technology advisor will understand your business, goals, budget, risk exposure, and timelines. They will also be willing to have the tough conversations with you in that context, and that’s a good thing.
You’ll want a partner who will tell you what you don’t necessarily want to hear if they feel the conversation is in your best interests.
The bottom line is business owners and executives need to consider technology advisors in the same light that they view their business-critical financial and legal advisors.
Technology can be a make-or-break factor in your business’s future. So make sure you do your due diligence on your trusted, strategic technology relationships.
What Are Some Real-World Technologies You Need To Be Aware Of?
Regardless of the size and scope of your business, you need to be aware of disruptive technologies that can alter the future of your business.
These are some of the most transformative technology solutions we’re seeing in 2023, and we expect these trends to continue well into the future.
- Custom Solution Integration and Software Development As A Service
- Digital Transformation In the Cloud
- Data Analytics and Business Intelligence Applications
- Mobile Apps and SaaS Solutions
- Communications Solutions With WebRTC
Software integration and development expertise facilitate digital transformations, business information analytics solutions, mobile app development, and communications solutions, both web and mobile.
These technologies require laser-focused design and implementation expertise. They also tend to extend beyond the capabilities and boundaries of most IT teams. That’s where a relationship with a trusted technical advisor can be invaluable.
There’s little doubt that software integrations and application development expertise will be at the core of virtually every emerging technology adoption strategy in 2023 and into the foreseeable future.
So how can you find the right tech advisory relationship?
The Team At Viagio Would Like To See If We Can Earn That Relationship
Your trusted team of technology advisors will work diligently to ensure that your technology investments align with your short and long-term business goals. They’ll collaborate with your team to assess your needs, develop a roadmap, and recommend solutions.
You need a trusted technology advisor you can always count on for the right solution at the right time.
At Viagio Technologies, we stay at the forefront of emerging technologies, software solutions, and trends so our clients don’t have to. We want to empower you with all the information you need to make informed decisions, stay ahead of your competition, and leverage information and technology to your advantage.
Can we help you with your technology challenges as a trusted advisor?
Let’s find out.
Call us at 888.840.0903 or get in touch with our team online today.