There are many reasons why it makes sense to outsource your IT work and most of the benefits are immediate and will boost your income whilst you reduce expenditure. The important thing is to hire management services with hands-on experience, and who have your best interests at heart, allowing you to then relax and let them take the brunt of the workload, as well as all the stress.
If you’re not IT trained then you have to get people in that are. Qualifications like Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) are important but just vital are that the people you hire have experience in the field, and when you have managed services then you have someone doing all those background checks for you, making sure that anyone who comes before you for an interview has the necessary knowledge and background.
Leading IT firms have been through every scenario imaginable and have come across every problem many times, and are thus best equipped to handle your affairs and deal with any glitches, however, minor or major. Being qualified doesn’t mean that they have experience, and managed services will guarantee that the people handling your affairs have both.
When it comes to costs, outsourcing your IT work is the best way to reduce expenditure and increase your profit margins. First off, all the research and development, as well as the implementation time, gets drastically reduced, meaning that the costs get trimmed down, which is something that increases your profits or can be passed down to the customer thus increasing your competitiveness in the field.
Also, those fixed IT costs can be converted into variable costs which allow you to pay-as-you-go, in other words only pay for what you use. The same goes for labor costs, where you can focus your human resources a lot more acutely by only paying staff to carry out the work you need, only when you need it. You don’t need to hire and train up any staff, which is expensive and time-consuming, or employ temporary staff, which is unreliable and a bit of a gamble. Through outsourcing via managed services, you can employ experienced and qualified staff just for the times you need them.
When you start a new project, you would normally have to have months of training, preparing, buying new software and so forth, but, when you’re dealing with an experienced company, all this has been taken care of, which means that you can launch your new project straight away and with the right support.
Also, when you start any new project or investment, you are always assuming a certain amount of risk with changing markets, regulations, new technologies and so forth. Outsourcing providers assume this risk for you, they already have the knowledge and experience and can guide your project in the right direction and through the various minefields, thus reducing the risk you take at every step of the way.
This also means that, in those or any other times, you can focus and concentrate all your efforts on other projects, meaning that your time is utilized in the right way and that your mind is not clogged up with complex IT decisions.
The biggest benefit of outsourcing through managed services is the fact that you’re adopting the stance and advantages of a big company without having the resources, and running costs, those big companies have, purely by going through a third party which gives you access to the right technologies at a fraction of the cost since you have no in-house infrastructure to support, leading to much better economies of scale, matching the big boys step-by-step.
Finally, when it comes to payment methods, credit card, debit card and internet transactions, wire transfers and so forth, there are a certain amount of risks that are assumed, and a whole load of due diligence that has to be undertaken. It can be a complicated and arduous process, but not when you outsource through managed services, who minimize those risks and assume that due diligence for you, making sure your firewall is up to date, audit your servers, implement PCI security standards, and any other detail which you may have not even thought about.
Outsourcing IT work through managed services gives you a better service, less risk, more experience, for fewer costs, and with less hassle, allowing you to concentrate on running your company. It makes sense.