As the owner of a small to medium-sized business, you probably put in a great deal of research before you signed a contract with an IT consultant in Los Angeles. All of that research can be thrown right out the window though should that individual or company choose to sell off their contracts to another consultant.
This happens more frequently than you may think. What happens is that a managed service provider decides that they want to get out of the business. Perhaps the person is ready to retire or they are just not having a very successful go of it. It could even be that they are successful and want to sell their book of business for a short-term gain. Regardless of the situation, it is more common than not that consultant contracts get sold.
Did You Approve the Sale?
Many companies find that one day, they all of a sudden have a new IT consultant in Los Angeles just show up to their business and begin to work. They may not know all of the information technology needs that your company has, nor may they be able to provide you with the same level of service that you were getting prior. What you need to ask yourself is, were you ever made aware of this change before it actually occurred?
The fact of the matter is that the way in which most of these contracts are written with IT consultants, they really do not have to do much in the event that they want to sell off their consulting contracts and move on. It is up to you to protect yourself.
Get the Wording in the Contract
Most of the IT consulting contracts that are signed in this day and age are very long-term, usually spanning multiple years. This makes them very easy to be sold off from time to time from one consultant to another. What you want to do is to make sure that the contract that you have is worded in such a way where you are not giving away all power to a consultant to force such a change on you.
A clause can be added to a contract so that in the event that a managed service provider decides to sell their book of business or their company, you as a client have the ability to opt out of your contract.
Have an Interview
You always want to have the opportunity to interview with your new IT provider. Before you just go to try and terminate the contract, talk with them and see if they are going to be able to give you the service that you are looking for. Maybe you will be surprised and still end up with a quality consultant to continue their work.
If you are looking for a reliable managed service provider, we, at DCG Technical Solutions, Inc., will be happy to help. It is up to you to hire an IT consultant Los Angeles businesses can trust. Call 213-261-3998, and let's talk about how we can get your company on the road to a successful IT infrastructure.
About Brent Whitfield
Brent Whitfield is CEO of DCG Technical Solutions, Inc., which provides IT Support in the Los Angeles area since 1993. DCG exists to help our clients choose, implement, and manage IT and cloud solutions that are cost effective and reliable. DCG's pro-active approach to IT is ideally suited for companies who depend on reliable IT infrastructure, but don't want to spend a lot of money to keep it that way. DCG was recognized among the Top 10 Fastest Growing MSPs in North America by MSP Mentor. Brent has been featured in Fast Company, CNBC, Network Computing, Reuters, and Yahoo Business.