Digital Technology is changing the world we live in faster than ever before. New tools and innovations in disruptive technology are leading our world into uncharted territory. If you’re reading this, you’re probably already aware of (and using) these external communication channels such as LinkedIn, Facebook Business and Twitter which have transformed everything about how we discover information, people and new business opportunities.
But what about the layers that exist within companies? The intranets and extranets? The flow of information and data privately held within companies? Many solutions exist for housing, storing and using this information, but one specifically has seen a huge rise in uptake over the last 10 years. Microsoft has been an active player in this market (SharePoint and O365) since 2001, and has improved its offering over the years as an affordable option from small to large businesses. There has been a huge transformation in the workplace due to these technologies and it beckons us forward into a world where opportunities and financial efficiencies can be discovered internally and implemented daily… exciting isn’t it!
But your company isn’t an IT company and you don’t know the art of the possible. You don’t have the capability to spot these gaps, gather requirements, design intuitive interfaces or implement the change management programs in order to successfully deliver these innovations. So how do you stay ahead of the curve and understand how these platforms that your company might already pay for, benefit you?
This article introduces some of the main advantages you get by partnering with a specialist in this area to help keep your company ahead of the curve, and ensure that your people are able to get on with what they do best and avoid not wasting endless hours trying to work out how this tech can benefit your business. For yet more interesting reasons, keep your eyes on our blog and a future post to come with 5 more reasons.
1. YOU CAN FOCUS ON YOUR CORE BUSINESS
Let’s face it, dealing with our own jobs is hard enough. We have all experienced that moment when a task lands on our desk and we think “This is totally out of my comfort zone”. In these cases, we have several options to move that task along.
- We can roll up the sleeves and give it a go with uncertain results and a risk of failing.
- We can delegate or defer the task to someone else.
- We can seek professional consultancy, advice and even outsource a partnership to focus back on our own tasks and objectives.
Partnering with a specialist consultancy to deliver an internal application, streamline a core business process or complete a project can ensure that you spend your time focusing on tasks that help you move faster towards your corporate objectives.
2. YOU CAN SET THE COSTS OF THE PROJECT TO SUIT YOUR BUDGET
When deliberating over hiring a digital agency, many businesses usually compare the cost of an in-house operation to the price of the agency. You’ll be surprised to learn that an agency is much less costly over time.
Agencies work as independent contractors, so you eliminate the need for payroll taxes. You also cut the recurring costs of having full-time employees such as benefits, health care costs, and salaries.
Some of the tools you need to run the campaigns can also come at a hefty one-time payment or subscriptions. Most reputable agencies already have the essential tools already.
3.WORK WITH EXPERTS WHO HAVE YEARS OF RELEVANT EXPERIENCE
These agencies will be focused on hiring high quality individuals, and what’s more – they know what skills and traits they need for each project. Going into partnership with a SharePoint & O365 agency is a fantastic way to gain instant access to some of the most experienced and practised people in the business. Being able to anticipate and mitigate risks and issues up front can reduce the overall project timelines, and as a result cost.
4. BETTER FOCUS ON THE DELIVERABLES AND PROJECT TIMELINES
You set the deadlines, the scope and the success criteria. The agency works to those deadlines, scope and criteria, and it’s in their interest to do it in the best way possible. An agency will always want to impress.
5. YOU CAN DISCOVER INNOVATIVE IDEAS THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS
Bringing on a SharePoint Agency who has a wealth of experience can open doors to new opportunities you might not have even conceived at the project kick-off. These agencies will typically deal in similar projects across many clients and the learnings are all documented in detail with each job. Gaining a partner means gaining access to these learnings and innovations from other businesses. This can help add value to your solution and more importantly exceed your stakeholder expectations.
With yet more benefits to come in a future post, please do reach out to us if you think you are ready to hear more about how a SharePoint & O365 Agency can help your business grow. We’d love to help.