If you’re a business owner and you’re constantly struggling with the increasing need for and use of technology and the frustrations that can come with it, then you’re not alone. Technology is a blessing and a curse. It can be the best thing that has ever happened for your business and simultaneously cause catastrophic and financially devastating roadblocks.
For many, choosing an internal IT department is the best choice. Having 24/7 access to an internal team of technological wizards is priceless – except that it’s not. An internal IT department comes at a cost and few businesses can afford to invest such a large portion of their budget in this.
It might surprise you to know that 64% of U.S. businesses work with an outsourced service provider for some or all of their IT needs. This is because outsourcing your IT services is often more cost-effective and gives businesses like yours access to IT expertise without the expenses of staffing an entire team. That said, deciding what is best for your business can be difficult. Each business is different and your needs will vary.
If you’re considering outsourcing some or all of your IT to a managed service provider (MSP), we’ll share some helpful information in this blog to get you started – but you can also download a free ebook to help you gain more clarity!
What Outsourcing Your IT Looks Like
Outsourcing your IT to a Managed Service Provider (MSP) means having an IT service professional who is hired by a business to manage part or all of their IT. You can think of MSPs as the guardians of your IT. They provide ongoing monitoring and management of your applications (email, web site, security, etc.) and IT infrastructure.
Some MSPs also have the ability to monitor your technology remotely, which allows them to take a proactive approach by keeping tabs on the health of your IT systems, make necessary changes and updates, and troubleshooting problems often before your team realizes there is an issue.
The range of IT systems that MSPs manage is vast. Apps, hardware, software, storage management, security software, and more can all be monitored and managed by an MSP. At ABS specifically, backup and disaster recovery services are a cornerstone to how we manage IT for our clients. Every morning, the account managers read backup reports line by line to ensure that everything is running properly.
When businesses choose to outsource IT, they’re ensuring that their IT aligns with and supports their business goals while also ensuring that their IT systems run efficiently. This is all crucial to your business’ productivity, revenue, and reputation.
How to Make the Right Call
It’s never easy to make a decision like this. By considering the benefits, the costs involved, and the potential opportunities involved in the long run, hopefully the decision becomes more clear. Change is never easy, but change for the better is always worth it.
If you still have questions about outsourcing your IT, you can always reach out to us. Trusted ABS advisors are also ready to answer any questions you might have about outsourcing. Don’t let your questions linger, start a conversation today!