Have you ever walked out of a home improvement store with something that you didn’t really need just because an “expert” recommended it? It’s a real hassle that usually ends with you returning the item to the store. But when you buy a computer program that’s wrong for you, it’s even more of a hassle. By the time you realize there’s a problem, it’s usually too late. There’s not much you can do but suck it up and take the loss. That’s the cost of bad advice.
Computer consultants don’t only falter when recommending products and services, though. They have also been known to grossly underestimate the time and money a project will take to successfully complete. This can cause you to miss deadlines and blow your budget.
Paying for bad advice is another cost that is hard to measure; however, if you’ve ever been disappointed or outright burned by a so-called IT expert, you know the costs are painfully high.
Here are just a few of the ways bad IT advice can cost you:
- Paying for unnecessary projects, software, or hardware.
- Paying too much for repairs, software, and hardware.
- Downtime, unstable networks, data loss, and security breaches.
- Getting stuck with a “solution” that doesn’t really solve your problems.
- Spending time and effort rolling out a project that wasn’t necessary.
- Paying double to have a competent technician complete the project you originally wanted implemented.
- Paying legal fees associated with getting your money back from a technician who ripped you off.
- The sheer frustration of dealing with the problems resulting from poor advice.
In some cases, you can put a hard dollar amount to these situations and in others, you can only estimate.
The real trouble is that it’s hard to know that you are paying for bad advise until you are already neck-deep in the situation. By the time that you get that first inkling that you’ve hired the wrong person you’ve already invested a considerable amount of time and money, making it difficult to abandon the project and look somewhere else.
Your best defence against all this heartbreak is to become an educated consumer. If you’re concerned about the IT advice that you’re receiving we offer senior level planning to help companies realize their vision through technology.