What Are The Major Reasons And Advantages For Outsourcing Your IT?

The decision to outsource your IT is a serious one – maintaining an in-house department is expensive and ineffective in the vast majority of instances. That said, when you outsource a business critical series of applications, entrust a third party with your confidential data and effectively, hand someone else the keys to your business and future, you’d getter the decision right!

By outsourcing your IT you gain a number of definite advantages, however you should also be aware of the risks of the decision you are making. The consequences of making a poor decision will be just as disastrous for your business, as retaining IT in-house with a poorly resourced function and staff.

What Are The Major Reasons And Advantages For Outsourcing Your IT

The major factors to take into consideration when outsourcing your IT are:
Number One – Considerable Cost Savings

Saving money is always a powerful business reason to do something, and it is rare for a cost saving to be as impressive as when you do outsource your IT needs. Only the largest of companies can truly afford an in-house IT department, with the majority of SMBs barely able to afford the luxury, and for those that do, the service and support are rarely of a high standard.

By outsourcing to a specialist provider of managed IT services, you benefit immediately from the economies of scale, and have a team of engineers ready to fill in as your IT needs fluctuate with demand. In any event, you are highly likely to see significant cost reductions in your IT line items, and if you negotiate well, you may see a cap on the total bill too.

Number Two – Access to the Latest Technology

Gaining access to the latest technology is important not least as this provides the springboard for a business to gain competitive edge. Using the latest technology allows a company to benefit from the advantages new developments bring, including reduced costs, enhanced productivity and overall, more uptime and more ROI.

The latest technology is also likely to provide a more efficient and cost effective service level, and your IT assets and data are likely to enjoy a higher level of security.

Number Three – Enjoy the Benefits of a Team of Specialist Engineers

Even for those SMBs with an in-house IT department, it is rare for this team to comprise more than one person, and at most they will be maxed out at 2-4 people (and that is a very large team for an SMB).

Demand for IT services will also fluctuate as your business experiences peaks and troughs in demand and activity, plus there are the instances when an incident happens, such as a server failure or security breach, and suddenly, you find yourself without the IT staff to fight the fire.

By outsourcing to a an experienced and established IT managed services company, you will enjoy the benefits of gaining access to a team of specialist engineers, with a broad range of skills and the experience to bring to bear on your specific IT issues. This is not just about broad skills sets, it is also about the ability to deploy staff as and when you need them, and by outsourcing you have a team on the bench, ready to play whenever you have a need for them.

Jane Wrythe is a business and technology writer who is currently focusing on IT Managed Services, such as those provided by Swift Systems.

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