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Choosing A Computer Repair Consultant - Made Easy

Apr 27, 2008
As business gets more and more complex, business related technology is getting increasingly sophisticated to meet the demand. Software needs to meet more and more business applications, some designed specifically to meet the entire business operation. Organizations are now turning to computer consultants to handle the development of application software, much needed to render the company to face the stiff competition posed by today's market. In this way an organization ensures that it has the right tools and training to carry on its operation smoothly. You may be hiring computer consultants not only for the development of your application software, but also to keep your hardware in shape, preventing them from break-down.

Selecting a Consultant:

Selection of the right computer consultant would provide the right results. In business applications, the hardware infrastructure cost is high, and you would need to hire computer consultants to keep your computers from sporadic failures. If you have not hired a computer consultant before, the task of hiring one for the first time could be trying, and you would need to understand the way which you should follow to hire a qualified computer consultant.

A computer consultant can be of two types. One who looks after the maintenance of your complete hardware systems, and the other who helps you with the development of software for your business applications. The consultants are mostly hired on short term basis. They can also be retained by the company, with the purpose of having a specialist to look after the system. The retained consultant would look into the development of software patches as and when required by the company, and the other type would also look into the preventative maintenance of the hardware.

Before you hire a consultant, you need to know the purpose for which you need the computer consultant. By knowing clearly what your requirement is, it would be easier for you to select a proper consultant who can provide you with the services that you want. If you want an ERP system to be developed, you should exactly know what ERP comprises of. Only when you know this, you would be able to judge the consultant's knowledge in such applications.

You should look for a general consultant, who is in a business of computer consulting independently. As mentioned earlier, the quality you need in a computer consultant depends on what your requirement is. If you just want software packages like, MS Word, Spreadsheet, database, etc. the consultant can find a dealer or a Value-added Reseller for you. He can also provide you with a short training regarding "how to" about the software packages. But if your requirement is something where you need software applications to be developed for you, you would need a consultant who is not only knowledgeable in programming, but also the application specifics.

How do you find a computer consultant?

Your telephone directory may be the obvious place to look for a computer consultant. Though in here you will not get the specifics, you may check other listings, such as, the Consultants and Consulting Organizations Directory published by Gale Research Company of Detroit. You may get some help from the information published by Better Business Bureau.

You may check with your own organization, since some of the consultants do register their names and their qualifications with companies. You may approach your local Chamber of Commerce for any information that they can provide you. Computer Associations or Computer Trade Organizations may also be of assistance to you in locating a suitable computer consultant in the field of your requirement.
About the Author
Jeffrey Gross is the owner of Stellar Computer Solutions on Long Island. We specialize in computer repair on Long Island, network setups, data recovery, and much more. Visit us at Computer Repair Long Island for more articles and information on Computer Repair. Also visit Registry Repair Software Reviews for articles and information on the Windows Registry.
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