When technology fails or frustrates you the main objective is to fix and problem and pronto.

All too often companies rush through the assessment process in search of stopgap solutions, only to end up in the same pickle again and again. The truth is that the assessment period at the beginning of any technology project offers a golden opportunity for a comprehensive analysis of your practices and a chance to identify long-lasting improvements.

We all know slowing down in today’s world isn’t easy. The trick is to partner with the right problem-solver who will make the extra time spent during an assessment worth your while. Often, a few extra hours spent during the assessment period can save you major headaches down the road.

That said, here are five tips to help you slow down, get the most out of your technology project assessment period:

5 tips

  1. Dream big. If your ultimate goal is a viable, long-term solution, why not kick off your project by disregarding limitations and envisioning your dream deliverable? The mere act of talking about your ideal scenario will get you closer to your long-term goals than a quick fix will.
  2. Involve multiple stakeholders. Technology problems can affect your employees in different ways, so it’s important to involve as many stakeholders as possible in the assessment process. If you bring more voices to the table, your IT consultant can examine all your company’s needs and then come up with unique, targeted solutions that address all your issues.
  3. Ask questions and get details. Your technology consultants are skilled professionals, so use their expertise as a resource. Often, a solution you assume might be too complicated is easy for a technology pro, so be sure to ask questions and stay involved in the assessment process.
  4. Request multiple price tags. To find the best long-term solutions within your budget it’s important for you and your technology partner to be flexible and explore as many options as possible. Doing so allows you to prioritize your needs and to address your most pressing issues first.
  5. Think in phases. Remember, you’re not just after a quick fix, but long-term solutions and better practices. Once you’ve identified where you want to get to and what it will cost, work with your technology partner on an implementation plan which works towards your solution in phases. This allows you to address your major needs right away, while also laying the ground work for long-term practices which will ensure your technology problems don’t keep coming back.

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