As the years go by, the man­kind con­ti­nues to evol­ve, and the world moder­ni­zes its­elf and its cul­tures incre­a­singly. In order to keep up with the swift­ly shif­ting tides and to con­ti­nue to appeal to and reach con­su­mers and cus­to­mers across the glo­be, busi­nes­ses and com­pa­nies need to adapt to chan­ges in the tech­no­lo­gi­cal envi­ron­ment. As such, it is no sur­pri­se that IT solu­ti­on pro­vi­ders have beco­me incre­a­singly common.

IT solu­ti­ons can be defi­ned as methods by which tech­no­lo­gy is used to impro­ve the con­di­ti­ons of a company’s func­tio­n­ing. In short, cli­ents around the world – usual­ly small to medi­um enter­pri­ses (SMEs), or big­ger com­pa­nies that hold limi­ted or low IT requi­re­ments – face pro­blems that can be sol­ved with the use of infor­ma­ti­on tech­no­lo­gy. Hence the term “IT solu­ti­on”. Gene­ral­ly, an IT solu­ti­on pro­vi­der works with a cli­ent or company’s IT land­s­cape, and uti­li­zes and imple­ments tech­no­lo­gy into that land­s­cape, allowing the com­pa­ny to focus on mana­ging and run­ning their core busi­ness without worry­ing about the tech­ni­cal aspects.

The­re are many forms of IT solu­ti­ons and pro­ducts offe­red to cli­ents, and many pro­ducts and packa­ges are desi­gned spe­ci­fi­cal­ly to cater to each indi­vi­du­al company’s uni­que needs. Howe­ver, des­pi­te the wide varie­ty, the­re are some solu­ti­ons that remain con­stant and are used by a gre­at num­ber of companies.

One of the­se IT solu­ti­ons is cloud ser­vices. Essen­ti­al­ly, cloud com­pu­ting gathers pro­ces­sing resour­ces and data in one Inter­net-based “cloud”, allowing for mul­ti­ple com­pu­ters and devices to access and make use of them. This inclu­des, but not limi­ted to, sto­rage, ser­vers, app­li­ca­ti­ons, and net­works. This means no ser­vers, and none of the data need to be stored on your own hard dri­ve. Infor­ma­ti­on can be stored and pro­ces­sed on a cloud and can be acces­sed from any distance. This is not only con­ve­ni­ent for com­pa­nies in terms of acces­si­bi­li­ty, but also in terms of cost-cut­ting; there’s no need to purcha­se sto­rage or infra­st­ruc­tu­re. Some even claim that the use of cloud ser­vices means that app­li­ca­ti­ons can be set up and used more quick­ly and without the neces­si­ty of too much management.

Mean­while, busi­nes­ses can choo­se from dif­fe­rent forms of cloud ser­vices. One of the­se is Soft­ware-as-a-Ser­vice (SaaS), which is gene­ral­ly an app­li­ca­ti­on that busi­nes­ses can sub­scri­be to and access over the Net. Then, the­re is Plat­from-as-a-Ser­vice (PaaS), in which a com­pa­ny con­ju­res cus­tom app­li­ca­ti­ons which all its employees can make use of. The big­gest form of this, and the one you pro­bab­ly know most about, is Infra­st­ruc­tu­re-as-a-Ser­vice (IaaS), which is whe­re super-com­pa­nies like Goog­le and Ama­zon pro­vi­de com­pa­nies with space they can use. It sounds simp­le, but cloud com­pu­ting is an incredi­b­ly suc­cess­ful busi­ness – it is esti­ma­ted that it could gross $270 bil­li­on by 2020.

Of cour­se, cloud ser­vices are not the only form of IT solu­ti­ons. A lar­ge num­ber of IT solu­ti­on pro­vi­ders spe­cia­li­ze in working as Value Added Resel­lers (VAR), which, as it sounds, is a ser­vice that takes a pro­duct that alrea­dy exists and tops it off with extra fea­tures or ser­vices. For examp­le, a VAR may inspect the exis­ting hard­ware of a com­pa­ny and install soft­ware app­li­ca­ti­ons that impro­ve its use or inte­gra­te it to beco­me more effi­ci­ent for the com­pa­ny. A VAR may also cus­to­mi­ze cur­rent pro­ducts to bet­ter suit a company’s needs. But the added ser­vice doesn’t have to be a tan­gi­ble – it can also be pro­vi­ded in the form of con­sul­tancy, main­ten­an­ce, or training.

This brings us to turn­key solu­ti­ons. In layman’s terms, this is simi­lar to VAR – it’s a sys­tem that is rea­dy­m­a­de to be imple­men­ted into pro­ducts that alrea­dy exist. How does this work? Let’s take a com­pa­ny with an online store as an examp­le, and assu­me that this com­pa­ny would like to make it pos­si­ble for cli­ents to make purcha­ses on the store through a bil­ling sys­tem. Crea­ting such a sys­tem from scratch can be a pret­ty long, gru­e­ling pro­cess, even with all the know­ledge requi­red to do so. In order to avoid that, a com­pa­ny can sim­ply purcha­se a turn­key solu­ti­on from a third-par­ty that is alrea­dy ful­ly pro­gram­med and can hand­le the tech­ni­cal side of the process.

Well, now you may be thin­king, “Sure, there’s all that tech­ni­cal jar­gon, but what does it all mean?” Allow me to exp­lain. IT solu­ti­ons can help you use tech­no­lo­gy as a means to lead and get ahead in the busi­ness race. It can assist you in collec­ting and com­pi­ling rele­vant data so that you can make bet­ter, more infor­med decisi­ons based on sta­tis­tics that you bare­ly even have to break a sweat to collect. It allows cur­r­ent­ly used soft­ware and app­li­ca­ti­ons to beco­me more inte­gra­ted and easier to use inter­ch­an­ge­ab­ly, with mini­mal effort involved.

And the best part is that, along with the rest of the modern world, IT solu­ti­ons are ver­sa­ti­le and adap­ta­ble, mea­ning they can impro­ve with time and new solu­ti­ons can be thought up in order to meet newer requi­re­ments and sol­ve newer pro­blems. As an examp­le, with the rise of smart­pho­nes and other simi­lar mobi­le devices, a com­pa­ny may feel the need to be able to con­nect to all users and employees on more inter­faces than just com­pu­ters. An IT solu­ti­on can keep the­se end user devices neat­ly arran­ged in a row, and as more nif­ty tech comes into play, the­re will be more solu­ti­ons crea­ted to work with them, too!

In short, IT solu­ti­on pro­vi­ders are busi­nes­ses that are paving the way for other com­pa­nies to rise using the modern tech­no­lo­gy that they have been equip­ped with. They take tools and opti­mi­ze them for per­fect usa­ge, so that a com­pa­ny can recei­ve the most out of them. It’s a big world out the­re, but with a litt­le help from tech­no­lo­gy, we’re slow­ly lear­ning that anything is pos­si­ble. To make tho­se things hap­pen can be dif­fi­cult, but with the right spe­cia­lists and pro­vi­ders, a com­pa­ny can imple­ment an IT solu­ti­on that works for them without nee­ding to worry about craf­ting it pain­sta­kin­gly themselves.

With all the uni­que packa­ges and pro­ducts avail­ab­le from IT solu­ti­on pro­vi­ders, now anyo­ne can make use of the wide varie­ty that the Inter­net has to offer. I guess you could say the future real­ly is now.