4 ways outsourced IT support can help grow your business
Businesses are heavily dependent on technology so outsourcing your IT support makes good sense. We discuss why.
Many small to medium sized businesses look to do everything themselves. Whilst this is feasible in the early stages of growth, most businesses will soon find this holds them back.
IT support is one of these key areas. Businesses are so heavily dependent on their technology that outsourcing their IT support makes good sense. Effective and proactive IT support can fuel growth, whilst ineffective IT leads to inefficiencies and downtime.
Admittedly, finding the right IT company is not always easy. However, partnering with a reputable provider can save you money, improve the reliability of your systems and drive growth.
We outline 4 key ways in which outsourced IT support can help grow your business.
How Outsourced IT Support can help your business
1. Saves you money
Generally, outsourced IT support is more cost-effective because you do not have to employ an in-house team on a full-time basis. The average salary of an in-house IT Manager is circa £40k per annum. In addition, you need to factor in recruitment costs, training costs and other employee benefits.
Employing an IT support company eliminates these costs and replaces them with a predictable monthly fee. You are also more able to scale your IT support in line with business growth, without enduring a lengthy recruitment process.
2. Allows you to focus on running your business
Outsourcing allows you to keep your current internal staff focused on achieving your business goals and doing what they do best. When you employ an IT company to manage your technology, you will no longer have to worry about fixing PCs, installing updates, managing licenses and running backups. It therefore gives you the reassurance that your systems are well looked after, whilst freeing up your time and allowing you to focus on running your business.
3. Gives you access to specialist IT skills
The skills required to manage today’s technology are diverse. Finding these skills in one individual can be difficult and expensive. In fact, most businesses don’t need a full-time IT department to successfully manage their technology. Outsourcing provides you with a team of accredited and trained engineers, 24x7x365. Moreover, you don't have to worry about covering sick days or holidays. You also have access to a wider pool of skill sets, such as networking, cloud or IT security, so there will always be someone on hand to help.
4. Improves the reliability and performance of your systems
IT companies should provide clearly defined SLAs to guarantee the service levels delivered. In addition, most IT companies now offer an added value Managed IT Service approach, rather than the historical break-fix model. This means they proactively monitor and manage your systems. With powerful tools that monitor your systems 24/7, they can detect and resolve issues before they impact your business. This results in less downtime and more reliable systems.
In summary, effective outsourced IT support provides the following advantages:
- Less downtime
- More secure systems
- Faster response times
- Greater efficiency
- Increased profits
Key to you reaping these benefits is finding a reputable IT company. Any concerns over data privacy and sharing control of your systems are quickly mitigated by doing your due diligence and ensuring you have comprehensive Service Level Agreements in place.
If you are considering outsourcing your IT and would like to discuss your requirements, please get in touch.