As your company grows and evolves, your computing needs tend to grow as well. New products and initiatives, new technologies, and efficiency improvements, all add to the demands on your IT department. As your needs become more complex, it is time to consider whether continuing to rely on your in-house IT staff for everything is wise, or whether it may be time to consider outsourcing some or all of your IT needs. Here are some of the benefits of outsourcing your IT work.
Faster access to new technology
Newer hardware and software can make your existing systems run faster. Implementing new technology can also give you productivity improvements due to having better tools for your staff. When you manage all of IT in-house, it can be difficult and slow to make these changes. An outsourced IT department has staff that is knowledgeable about all the latest technologies, and can implement such changes for you quickly.
To keep your systems and data secure, you need to continually apply updates to maintain all software at the latest versions, and follow industry best practices to ensure all possible security holes are blocked. This takes sophisticated security knowledge, and someone who stays on top of the latest security issues and updates. Many internal IT departments do not have this expertise, so outsourcing can keep your systems more secure.
Keep up with larger competitors
When you run a small or midsize business, you don’t have the same IT budget as your larger competitors. They can afford to hire staff with specialized skills, which would be beyond the budget for a small company. Outsourcing gives you access to special IT skills and knowledge, without having to hire these people yourself.
Many businesses are already considering cloud computing because it can help them decrease unnecessary costs and offer services that would be unattainable otherwise. As companies evaluate their options as far as outsourcing IT support and cloudsourcing are concerned, the attention is switching to IT services, which involve a lot of money to maintain up to date.
Easier to scale up and down
With an in-house IT staff, growing your business can mean staffing up in the IT department. Hiring and training new employees is expensive and time consuming. If you have a big systems project, then at the end of the project, you also need to deal with letting some of those people go. Outsourcing gives you an easy way to scale staff up or down as needed, without the expense or headaches of hiring and training employees.
Outsourcing your IT needs can save money for your business. For example, if you have your own data center in house, you have significant costs associated with paying for that space, as well as all of the physical servers, cables, air conditioning, storage, employees to staff the data center at all hours, and employees to troubleshoot problems and handle configuration changes. If you move all of this off site, then you can reallocate that floor space to other business purposes. Your IT costs are greatly simplified, paying just a fixed monthly amount.
Here are some useful examples that can increase your day to day operations:
- Expert and specialist assistance – Elance.com for example, provides a wealth of services for companies. It provides access to professionals in your area of business
- Public relations services – not every organization can afford to pay for a PR. Ergo, it’s a lot cheaper to outsource your needs online, and find someone who can work for you within a specific budget range
- Virtual assistants – Often called independent entrepreneurs, virtual assistants can be of great help. They can offer technical support, provide administrative services and thus help grow your business. If you’re not an IT specialist, hiring someone to take care of that aspect of your company is an excellent solution.
Running your core business is the most important thing for your management team to do. When you have systems issues to deal with, that can detract from your management focus, forcing you to spend time on IT matters instead of your primary business. Outsourcing IT means somebody else can handle the IT headaches, while you get to focus on what you do best.
By Davis Miller and Conosco.com!