When it comes to business, sometimes it just makes good business sense to let go of some of your control. Case in the point: IT services.
For many businesses, IT services are put on the back burner unless something bad happens. Then they must scramble and either wait for an IT repair service or devote more staff towards getting the issue fixed. In many instances, it might just make more sense to outsource your IT services. Here are five reasons why you should consider looking into managed IT services:
You’ll Save Money: In order to run your own server, you’ll need to devote a large amount of money towards IT infrastructure, software licensing fees and IT staff. Then there is the whole issue of maintaining your infrastructure. When you outsource your IT services, you’ll be able to pay a much lower bill each month as you’ll only be paying for what you use.
100% uptime: Downtime is a serious issue for many small and medium sized businesses. The average business can lose tens of thousands of dollars if not more when facing downtime. This includes lost revenue, lost man hours in repairing the outage, and potentially lost customers who suffer from the outage. Third party IT providers invest in disaster recovery and other measures to ensure uptime of as close to 100% as possible.
Compliance: Depending on your particular industry, you might have certain compliance restrictions that you must work within. For example, those in healthcare must adhere to HIPPA regulations, no matter if they’re in NJ or Alaska, with regard to data security. A third party IT service provider that specializes in managed IT services will most likely be able to tailor your IT game plan to comply with any industry regulations.
Reduced Labor Costs: Hiring a proper IT staff with all of the necessary certification and skillsets can be quite an expensive proposition. The costs of training and re-training when new software or procedures come out can get up there as well. You can try to hire temp staff, but they might not be the most reliable nor produce the necessary work to keep you online. Third party IT providers specialize in IT, so they can devote all of their resources to getting the best people possible.
Renewed Interest in Core Business Initiatives: By focusing on the menial everyday IT tasks, you’re devoting time and man hours towards things that can best be utilized elsewhere. Time is the most valuable asset you have. When you outsource, you can apply that time to higher order initiatives to take your business to the next level.
There’s no question that IT matters in business today. Just take a look at how dependent you are on your network to conduct business. While you want to have as much control as possible to ensure your business’s success, sometimes it just makes more sense to leave it to the professionals. When it comes to IT, this is often the case. The five aforementioned reasons should provide enough evidence as to why.