DURBAN - If South Africa’s small and medium-sized (SME) business owners thought homework ended with their last day of school, they should think again.
To survive, the country’s SMEs need to make a firm commitment to properly-research their ICT suppliers.
That’s the message from independent telco, ICTGlobe.com which says Africa’s most advanced economy today boasts hundreds of licensed and unlicensed Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) vendors supplying the country’s SMEs with everything from fibre to hardware and Cloud-based virtual IT and telecoms services.
"Over the past two decades, our ICT landscape transformed itself from an uninspiring desert dominated by a single player into a virtual oasis of choice. Free competition today reigns supreme. The downside is that SMEs must work harder to separate the fly-by-nights from the here-to-stays," said ICTGlobe.com Group Business Development Manager, Juan Wiese.
It is vital for SMEs, in particular, to pay careful attention to their choice of ICT vendor. A small business’s monthly voice, data and hardware spend can be significant. If it starts spiraling out of control due to the selection of inappropriate vendors, ICT suddenly and unexpectedly starts posing a real risk to the continued sustainability of the new business.