The Alternatives To Managing Your Own IT
Outsourcing a part or your entire IT to a reliable tech partner can reduce your operational costs. You get the skills and expertise that you need without having to hire a fulltime IT staff. This allows you to focus on your core business whilst someone else is taking care of IT.
When managing your own IT no longer makes sense, here are a number of alternatives you can consider:
1. Outsourcing a component of your IT management – Component outsourcing allows you to retain employees for their highest and best use, rather than wasting their time on work that may take them longer than someone who is trained in these specific areas. You can outsource an area or function of your business that may or may not be critical to you – from e-commerce site design, analytics, and documentation management to backups, monitoring, and maintenance. Most Managed Services Providers (MSPs) today can custom design solutions for any business to fit their budget and comfort level. Before choosing which tasks you want to farm out, it makes sense to thoroughly review the skills of your team, how they spend their time and where resources might be better spent.
2. Outsourcing all of your IT – As more and more companies are opting to automate business processes and simplify their IT environment, it is no longer uncommon for a business to outsource its entire IT to an MSP. This option removes the need for a business to set-up a fully functional IT department and/or invest in systems and technology to monitor and report on the IT function. With the help of a reliable IT services provider, the business owner can outsource equipment (known as Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) such as hardware, desktops, servers and network systems to an infrastructure provider, software (Software as a service (SaaS), data backup and disaster recovery strategy, support desk services, cybersecurity, anti-virus protection, QA testing, business apps, and more. Today you can basically outsource any IT requirement you need.
3. Virtualizing your current IT team – If you want to keep the staff who have been working across your IT but are finding it difficult to performance manage them or provide development and guidance, you can look to use an IT Management company to employ them and manage them on your behalf. Another option you can consider is to augment your in-house IT team with IT experts, with specialised knowledge, from an outsourcing provider (e.g. for accounting system or network), for an extended period of time, especially during a critical project, or on an as-needed basis.
Keep in mind that outsourcing can be done temporarily. You can scale up or down according to your business needs and budget. Here are the top benefits for outsourcing your IT requirements to a reliable MSP:
1. Control your costs. When you outsource your organisation’s IT functions to an MSP, you are able to control costs by paying a set monthly fee. You know what your expenditure is and they do not fluctuate month to month.
2. Focus on your core business. Every organisation has limits to its resources, and an MSP will let you redirect them from non-core activities toward activities that provide a greater return like exploring new distribution channels or amp-up marketing.
3. Access to the most current technology. Qualified MSPs not only take care of your IT, they also bring world-class knowledge and experience to your organisation. With an MSP, you will have access to new technologies and practices that you may not have considered previously, as well as techniques and tools that you currently do not possess.
4. 24/7/365 monitoring of your IT environment. One thing that your in-house IT team can’t do is support and maintain your IT 24/7. A reliable MSP, however, has the tools and trained staff to do this. They can even foresee serious issues with your IT environment, fix them before they result to downtime.
5. Minimise risks. MSPs will keep your IT environment up-to-date easily and effortlessly by automating the process using specialised tools. They can check if backups are working, run patches, and audit inventory to minimise the disaster risks.
If you are considering partnering with an MSP to take care of your IT needs, contact us.