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What drives you in choosing an IT supplier?

Good afternoon,

I am currently researching and writing a thesis to finish my Bachelor at the University of Applied Sciences in Arnhem, Netherlands. I'm in the process of setting up a survey that will focus on how people select an IT trainer
when they are in the market for an IT technical training. Respondents get to choose out of +- 10 attributes/drivers that they deem most important when selecting their IT trainer.

These attributes should not be chosen by me or CEO's/CMO's, because the customer almost always has a different take on what is really important to them and what is not. Goal is to improve total quality of IT providers.

My question: could you please tell me what drives you to choose a certain IT provider? What is really important? What differentiates one IT trainer from another?

Thanks in advance,


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In reply to: What drives you in choosing an IT supplier?

A billion dollar market and no answers? Hope I still get some..

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Where I work, no IT.

In reply to: bump

We're a bunch of programmers so we don't shop for IT.

You may want to put out there what you think IT is today as some businesses move to BYOD and the cloud.

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Three things:

In reply to: What drives you in choosing an IT supplier?

If you are talking about retail sources for hardware and software, there are three criteria I use: Price, price, and price.

If you are talking about hardware MANUFACTURERS, performance and durability are paramount.

If you are talking about software developers, suitability to the task, ease of product use, stability, and compatibility are my chief criteria.

If you are talking about personnel, that is more complex than I have the time to relate here. Suffice it to say that experience and reliability trump education, but experience qualifications cannot be overly specific, as a clever lad can have a very short learning curve, and reliability is related to the successful completion of tasks rather than matters like truancy.

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Here's a good rule

In reply to: Three things:

When considering hardware (buying or designing) I've always liked this little maxim:

Price, performance, quality... Pick any two.

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