Run through the following checklist to evaluate potential suppliers for hosted and managed services:
1 Do they have experience with businesses like yours? Are they knowledgeable about the issues and technologies relevant to your organisation?
2 Do they understand your business and its specific needs?
3 Are they flexible and scalable enough to serve both short-term peaks and long-term business needs?
4 Do they offer proactive and responsive customer service - in your language?
5 Do they understand both telephony and networking requirements, so they can give you a robust solution?
6 Can they ensure that your site is available to the people who need it, when they need it?
7 Is their infrastructure vulnerable to attacks by hackers and other threats?
8 Can they respond quickly to evolving market conditions?
9 Do they offer proactive monitoring and reporting services that can alert you to potential failures?
10 Do they have the technology leadership to exploit new innovations?