5 Tips on how to select an IT services company in Brussels, Belgium

CIOs, business, IT leaders and senior professionals of enterprises in Brussels, Belgium are constantly in the lookout for IT service companies that they can have a seamless partnership with. Finding the right IT partner is a long, tedious and uphill task in the current IT landscape of Brussels, Belgium where the traditional IT vendors are underserving organisations. Irrespective of their area of business, these firms across Brussels face similar challenges and needs as that of a Tier-1 company. At the same time, unlike Tier-1 enterprises, they often find it hard to produce large budgets upfront. They may also lack a clear internal ownership within the company all of which compound and contribute to the challenge of finding the right IT services company.

We at Ignitho have taken special interest in understanding the concerns and conflicts that CIOs and other executives who work with their partner IT companies come across. One of the major issues that arise is the inability of these IT vendors to follow rapid turnaround times. Taking a business or technology concept to solution delivery in the most timebound manner while limiting themselves to a strict budget is a virtue that is highly valued by these C-level decision makers.

With Rapid Application Development and Scalable Cloud Implementation as our core focus areas, Ignitho has managed to bridge this gap in an effective manner. Ignitho delivers IT services for enterprises using a Frugal Innovation Methodology – “the ability to do more (& better) with less” – developed in collaboration with a world-renowned thought leader from the University of Cambridge.

Following are questions that needs to be asked and answered before selecting an IT services company in Brussels, Belgium:

  • 1. Is the potential IT services partner the right size for you?

    It is universally acknowledged that enterprises often find it the hard to discover their perfect IT service vendor. One reason why this is so, is because they are often torn between the big boy IT service partners and boutique establishments. The disadvantage of partnering with a huge company is that the enterprise and its requirements often get drowned amongst their other big fishes. Ending up on their very important client list might be tough and chances are that you might get neglected. However, partnering with a boutique shop which is much smaller than your own company is a risk as they might not have the resources or expertise to pull off or scale themselves to your growing needs.

    Ignitho has striven hard to fill this gap by catering to the unique needs of enterprises in Brussels, Belgium. With years of experience in accommodating to the changing needs of this sector, Ignitho prides itself as one of the few IT service companies successfully navigating this terrain.

  • 2. Do they have the right credentials and a strong leadership team to champion them?

    It is crucial to verify whether the top IT services company that you intend to work with have the right credentials. The right experience and expertise of your partner within your business domain will eliminate the time and effort that will go into them getting to know your sector from scratch. Evaluating the reputation of your potential IT services company among your peers, assessing their reviews and testimonials on platforms like Clutch, Goodfirms etc are good measures to take. Similarly, the rigour and zeal of their leadership team who can guide the company and assist them towards right decisions is also an important point to consider.

    Ignitho has proven itself over the years to be a reliable and trustworthy IT services partner. Our co-founders have previously led business units for the likes of Accenture, Mindtree, Cognizant and HP. We have been recognised by industry analysts such as TechMarketView, and Bloor Research for Ignitho’s disruptive new approach to IT Application Services for enterprises.

  • 3. Can they start small and scale up according to your needs?

    CIOs and other senior officials who handle their IT service partners prefer to start working on smaller projects and scale up the engagement along the way.

    Ignitho has the resources and infrastructure in place in the form of our project/ programme management capability in London, local presence in Brussels, our development capacity in Brighton and our Offshore Development Centre in Kochi, India to work on and deliver small to large scale projects.

  • 4. Do they have global and consistent delivery capacity?

    One of the most important qualities to be ensured in your IT services partner is their ability to deliver quality solutions in a consistent manner. At the end of the day, like any other sector, it is the result that counts. Before entrusting your enterprises’ IT services to a company, it is only wise to make sure that they can deliver on their promise.

    Giving your potential IT services partner, short four to eight-week engagements and monitoring their process and delivery is the best way to validate the company’s capacity to handle them. If they can perform consistently, then they probably have it embedded in their DNA.

    Similarly, their capacity to deliver on a global level should be assessed. Many IT vendors in Brussels are merely skeleton companies which contract or sub-contract their development works offshore. The involvement of multiple organisations not only affect the accountability but also may cause confusions and misunderstandings in the long run.

    At Ignitho, our Leadership Team and programme/project management team are based out of our London office; this is in addition to the local development centre/innovation lab we have in Brighton at the Sussex Innovation Centre, local presence in Brussels and an offshore development centre in Kochi, India.

  • 5. Will they be a good fit for you in terms of their values, company culture etc?

    Values, company culture and other intangibles are points that are often over looked. Though these cannot be quantised, they always prove to be vital in terms of establishing a good rapport between the companies. These intangibles will reveal itself during the course of your interaction. Whether your visions complement each other should also be a parameter to be considered while selecting an IT services company.

    If you are interested to know more on how to select an IT services company in Brussels, Belgium, please do connect with us here.


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