4 Ways a Trusted Advisor Program and Vendor Liaison Services Can Make Your Life Easier

The cloud has become the place to be in recent years, and that trend shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The RightScale 2018 State of the Cloud Report surveyed 997 IT professionals and found that 96% report using the cloud. Additionally, 38% of enterprises identify public cloud as their top priority, up from 29% in 2017.

Why Do You Need a Trusted Advisor?
If you’re looking to implement new cloud-based solutions in the near future, you might find yourself wondering which provider/vendor to choose. It can be difficult to see beyond all of the sales pitches and determine which product or service makes the most sense for your organization.

It takes a lot of time and energy to find the right vendor, and that can keep you from focusing on other aspects of running your business. If you’re concerned about taking on that labor intensive task, you might want to consider partnering with a third party that can serve as both a vendor liaison and as a trusted advisor by leveraging knowledge of a wide range of IT solutions as well as an extensive network of partners.

The Advantages of Having a Go-Between
Vendor liaison services and access to a trusted advisor program can benefit your business in a number of ways. Outsourcing the task of initially selecting and generally working with vendors of cloud solutions (or any other type of IT solution) not only saves you time but also allows you to leverage the expertise of a team of industry experts.

It’s important to truly understand solution comparisons and how each offering works within your environment or suits your business profile. For example, businesses that are bound by compliance or have higher security requirements will have to narrow their search, since not all cloud providers address those needs.

You also need to know what to expect after the solutions are installed. Having the right vendor liaison in place can help your business maneuver through post-installation support needs.  A good number of cloud solutions reduce their white glove approach to support. As a result, vendor liaison services are critical if you want to reduce finger pointing and decrease problem resolution time.

Our team of cloud consultants, for example, has in-depth knowledge of a wide range of cloud solutions and access to our extensive network of partners. Using a vendor agnostic approach, we serve as your trusted advisor by leveraging our cloud know-how to efficiently shop around and identify solutions that best fit our clients’ unique business needs.

Here are a few advantages of using vendor liaison services and allowing an organization like Stratosphere to serve as your company’s trusted advisor.

Focus more on your business. Outsourcing the task of working with vendors lets you to focus on other strategic business initiatives.

Free up your time. Identifying the best solution provider and then negotiating with them can take a while. With a third party handling vendors, you can spend your valuable time pursuing other projects and goals.

Get the best price. A vendor liaison like Stratosphere that has established partnerships with vendors can leverage those relationships and that negotiating power to ensure you don’t pay more than you have to for cloud solutions.

Solve issues faster. If you encounter any issues with a solution, a vendor liaison has the ability to go straight to higher-level resources that can usually fix the problem quickly.

Overall, vendor liaison services and the guidance of a trusted advisor can make moving to and operating in the cloud much simpler for your business. To learn more about cloud solutions, vendor liaison services, and Chicago IT support options, feel free to contact our expert team today by calling 877-599-3999 or emailing sales@stratospherenetworks.com.

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