Planning and Preparation for Successful Tech Partnering: Part 2
Before jumping straight to interviewing your next tech partner, make sure you are ready, in the right mind-set, and have realistic expectations. Start by asking these five critical business questions.
- How will outsourcing impact your business, employees and customers?
- What is the cost of not moving forward with outsourcing?
- What would happen if you stopped doing business with the provider?
- Have you defined the needs, goals and objectives?
- Who has the skill set to manage the relationship?
Determining your own readiness and having a strategic vision will help you take the next steps with due diligence, outreach, and effective interview-type discussions. You will want to interview multiple suitors.
Fostering the Best Relationship
Last, but not least, you will need to manage the relationship. Conflict can cause the relationship to turn adversarial quickly. There are strategies to creating a successful working relationship with your chosen technical service provider such as these 11 Tips for Successful Tech Partnering.
There’s a lot to think about when making a tech partnering commitment. A partnership with an experienced and trustworthy external technical provider can be cost-effective, lighten your work load, and help launch your business forward.
Bottom line, it’s all about the right fit and the specific needs of your business. Understanding the benefits (and risks), determining your readiness, and then selecting the right provider through thorough research and validated references will set you up for a sustainable and successful tech partnering relationship.
Tech Partnering Planning and Preparation: Part 1 includes tips and questions for how to interview and assess IT service providers as well as Website solution providers.