Why Hire a Consultant?
Frequently Asked Questions
Who are members of the Apple Consultants Network?
Members of the Apple Consultants Network are independent consultants with technical expertise in the set up, use, and maintenance of Apple and related third-party products and solutions. There are approximately 1,000 members throughout the U.S., Canada and Latin America. They offer a wide variety of services, from setting up an office or network to developing digital video and publishing solutions. MPS Consulting is a Member of the Apple Consultants Network.
What are the advantages of hiring a member of the Apple Consultants Network?
Membership in the Apple Consultants Network demonstrates a dedication to professional development. To ensure the highest quality of customer service, all members are required to hold at least one certification in Mac OS X from Apple. Many members are also certified in other Apple technologies and third-party applications. Consultants not only receive valuable training and the latest technical information about Apple and related third-party products and services, but they also have access to other resources that help them stay on the cutting edge of technology. As part of a large network of consultants, they benefit from the knowledge and experience of other members as well as exchange referrals to help clients find a proper fit.
How do I know if I need a consultant?
If you’re like most people, you don’t have the time or ability to properly set up and maintain even a small network of computers, or you may not have someone on your payroll to whom you would entrust that mission-critical responsibility. MPS Consulting can bring a high level of technical knowledge and expertise in the latest Apple products and services to you and your company. The solutions we deliver more than pay for themselves in reduced costs, increased productivity, and other tangible benefits, and there are other benefits to hiring a consultant, such as reduced payroll taxes, no pension or profit-sharing expenses, and the flexibility to use our skills on an as-needed basis. In addition, our consultants and trainers have a depth of experience in strategic planning and are able to quickly identify opportunities for improving your business with technology that you may not have considered.
How much will a consultant’s services cost?
Investigate different pricing options with the consultant you’ve chosen and keep in mind that the services and solutions they provide will typically deliver a long-term return on investment. The best approach is to ask the consultant for references of customers who had the same or similar types of services performed, then ask the references if the consultant delivered a valuable service at a reasonable price.
What types of businesses use consultants?
Companies of all sizes and in all industries use consultants. To avoid the high costs of a full-time IT staff, many small businesses use consultants as a “virtual” IT staff. MPS Consulting can assess business needs, recommend solutions, then implement and support them at a fraction of the cost of a full-time employee. We also work with large companies to integrate Apple technology into their overall network or provide other custom solutions.
Do consultants typically offer training?
MPS Consulting provide seminars and training in addition to delivering technical solutions. We are available to provide on-site training at your facility, either one-on-one or in groups. Our trainers can teach your employees to make optimal use of custom solutions, or they can deliver training in Mac OS X or other specific applications.
How do I find out what types of seminars and training are available?
Our trainers offer a wide variety of training, from introductory classes in Mac OS X to digital media and design to business productivity. Contact us to find out the details.