When To Outsource Your IT Services
The one thing that never changes in technology is that is is always evolving. Businesses hoping to remain relevant are constantly having to evolve and adopt the latest and greatest before the technology becomes irrelevant.
It’s nearly impossible to stay on top of the latest technology without solid IT support. An in house IT team might have been viable in the beginning but knowing when to outsource your IT support can be a challenge. Keep reading to find out why its time to outsource your IT services.
1. It’s not your core business
While some companies are built around their ability to provide IT services (i.e. Amazon, Google, etc) others really don’t have anything to do with it. You have to understand how your business generates value. Having to divide attention between core business functions and IT concerns can really limit your company’s potential. If you aren’t in the business of IT, you really should consider outsourcing it.
2. Your business is growing
It’s never too early to think about outsourcing IT. As your business grows you should always be challenging where your time and money are spent. In some situations, it is much cheaper to go ahead and outsource than to start paying and managing additional full-time employees.
3. You need to reduce labor costs
That leads us right to our next point. Training and maintaining a large in-house IT department is expensive! Even the most junior tech support specialist earns an average of $46k annually. Higher skilled IT professionals can earn $80k or more each year as well. Temporary workers aren’t necessarily a great alternative because they don’t bring the same dedication as a full-time employee. Outsourcing can bring highly skilled workers at much lower than labor-related costs.
4. You don’t have a lot of extra time
Are you under a strict deadline? Are you trying to get your next big idea to market? Is IT a critical pillar of your project? When you factor in the time it takes to onboard a new team and the knowledge gap that might exist, seeking outsourced help might be needed under a shorter timeframe.
5. You need uninterrupted services
Technology continues to become more and more complex. Managing hardware and software is a challenge and to stay on top you have to provide innovative and solutions. Your employees and customers need a continuous flow of the internet, intranet, and extranet. A professional IT service provider can take on this burden so you don’t have to worry about these technicalities.
6. Lowering your risk
In business, there is always an element of risk. With constantly evolving government regulations, competitors, technologies, and economic conditions, why take on additional risk by running your own IT? A professional IT service provider assumes this risk for you the difference is they are trained in industry-specific knowledge. This knowledge can create better countermeasures to mitigate risks as they arise.
7. To increase security for you and your customers
Every week there is a new company in the news regarding a breach of security. To protect yourself against these breaches of data, companies must be up to date on the latest standards. Without a dedicated IT team business owners must ensure their firewall is current and servers are properly maintained. A breach of data can ruin a company’s reputation, outsourcing to professionals can increase the reliability of your information security.
8. Have better disaster recovery
Be it a natural disaster or a cyberattack, do you know what you will do to recover? Most companies are just not prepared to handle a situation where networks, data, or hardware are lost. Business functions can grind to a halt and the ability to recover is paramount. Every second counts. With the help of a professional IT provider, you can rest easy knowing they have the means and the processes to get you running again with minimal downtime.
9. It just strategically makes sense
You wouldn’t act as your own doctor, no you outsource that. IT service providers have knowledgeable staff and internal resources that would take years to develop internally. Simply put, outsourcing IT operations is strategic to your business.
Are you ready?
Outsourcing IT support can free up time and money to allow your company to focus on what’s important. Experts at Yost Networks Solutions are standing by to help you begin outsourcing your IT needs, give us a call today!