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Written By Priscila Bernardes Nov 5, 2018 9:45:00 AM

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The 5 things you need to know before signing an IT contract

Outsourcing some or all of your IT service requirements is a great way to improve focus on core business operations, benefit from reduced costs and access to more powerful, more capable technology on-demand. 

But, how do your shop for an Outsourced IT provider? Do you compile a list from google, send through an email requesting the price,then choose the most economical provider? Because they are all the same, all they do is fix IT issues, right? 

WRONG. 

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Written By Ben Walton May 2, 2018 8:36:31 AM

Outsourcing IT Digital Transformation efficiency

How we are redefining Service Level Agreements (SLA’s)

Service Levels Agreements are everywhere, from Energy Companies to Pizza Delivery.  For consumers it’s things like “delivered in 30 minutes”, or “the best nights’ sleep you’ve ever had”.  For businesses it’s measured in response times, uptime or resolutions times – and setting these expectations is important! They allow both you and your customers to know when you are performing, and when there is work to be done to meet expectation.  

At Lancom we have set strong SLA’s that we are proud of, so we want to give you a behind the scenes peak at what they are!  

Before we dive in, we want to bring up an important 'extra', which is crucial in the success of implementing SLA's – the Communication Level Agreement What's often missing is the discussion around the discussion!  When and how will you communicate with your customer, especially in their times of need.  The SLA is a great document, but it lives in the past.  You only go to it after the fact.  SLA’s always talk about mean time between failure, business hours response times and defect rates.  And why do they always have a little star? 

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Aug 29, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Your IT provider is failing you, here’s why this is NOT OK

Having to go jump through the hoops as an end user recently has caused us to look around and realise most IT providers aren't doing their part in creating stress-free client experiences.

Does this scenario sound familiar?  You have reached out to your IT provider for IT support and 20 minutes later you are not any closer to your solution than before. You've had to provide all of your personal information, including the name of your cat!?, just to get your ticket logged. Hmmm unproductive... and frustrating.

But, what tops the experience off is the way you feel after – the way you have been treated by the engineer when logging your support request has left you feeling untalented and ignorant.

What happened to the notion of technology empowering you, and your business?

To help you paddle your way out of this less than ideal situation, we have broken down the causes, effects and alternative solutions when you suspect your IT provider is failing you.

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