What is the difference between IT Consulting and IT Services

By August 20, 2019 December 10th, 2019 No Comments
difference between IT Consulting and IT Services

Languages can be tricky and they can put you in big confusion. We are living in a world of technology where there are a hundred of terminologies. And, as we are advancing further in the future we are getting introduced to many technological terms. Sometimes, technological terms can be confusing and sometimes they mean almost the same to an extent. Recently, I come across a question, “what is the difference between IT consulting and IT Services?”  The confusion is there its understandable and today, we are going to deduce it in detail. Let’s check out the core purpose and meaning of both, one by one.

What is IT Consulting?

IT Consulting simply means providing technical assistance to consumers with overall strategy and planning. IT Consultancy Company is a firm that caters IT Consulting to the consumers and the experts are known as the IT Consultants. According to the, “IT consultants provide guidance to customers on everything from overall IT strategy – including what to house in the data center versus in the cloud; to the type of technology and functionality needed within the context of the customer’s IT and business environments and goals – such as process automation or mobile security.”

For proper IT Consulting, every IT Consultant possesses this skillset-

  • Strong communication skills,
  • Technical skills,
  • Management skills,
  • Technical language skills,
  • Business, and
  • Management skills

What is IT Services?

According to, “IT services refer to the application of business and technical expertise to enable organizations in the creation, management, and optimization of or access to information and business processes.” In simple words, IT Services are an essential element to run things in general. They are the necessary evil to run the business properly in this modern world.

Some Popular IT Services are –

  • Database management,
  • Network Security,
  • Cloud computing,
  • Software Support,
  • Network Support and more

IT Consulting VS IT Services

So, let’s start with the simple thing and that is the working structure of both. If we look at it closely, we will find the difference. IT Consulting tells you the ways to implement things in detail. Othe the other hand, Its services are the work you do to run your business. To make it simpler Priranjan an IT expert, expressed his views on both. He stated, “Consulting tells you what and how to use something to [achieve] what you are trying to do better.” He further added, “The work you do to run the IT applications.”

In a way, IT consulting is not just providing technical assistance to the organization. It is more than that. For instance, there is a fruit seller, he’s selling various goods. In that case, IT Consultant (Fruit seller) gathered various IT services (Fruits) for you. If we take this example, we will find that these two terms are inter-related. The Inter-relation between these two terms is the cause of confusion. That may be one of many reasons, why people get confused in these two words.

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