While managed service providers have many benefits, perhaps the primary reason organizations outsource their IT is to reduce the cost of technology. IT is such a vital component of modern workplaces that every decision has to take technology and data security into account. And the more prevalent technology is, the more expensive it becomes when a business tries to do it all itself.
This blog will take a look at the advantages of managed services and how they all work together to accomplish the main goal: cost reduction.
To reduce cost and avoid hiring more staff, smaller companies may spread IT functions out among employees. However, as they grow, this situation gets more and more unsustainable, and a decision needs to be made to internalize technology with a C-level position or to outsource technology management.
Turn an Investment Into an Expense
Technology used to be sourced much differently than it is today. In the past, when a company needed new computers or a firewall or server upgrades, they would treat it like any other capital purchase and depreciate it over time as it aged. The issue with this system is timing. For a business to have the technology it needs, when it needs it, the only way to do this properly is to accurately predict the future. Too soon means spending money on technology before it can be fully used. Too late means new employees may have to wait for computers. Both situations add up to lost costs. A better way is to have a dedicated technology partner that can anticipate needs and provide equipment all for a monthly fee. This turns technology and its management into an expense that can be budgeted for and accurately forecast year to year.
Businesses Run Smoother When They Are More Efficient
Nobody wants to deal with technology issues. Old, obsolete equipment is a constant frustration for employees. So are applications that were meant to be temporary but, through necessity or expense, have become permanent. A poorly planned and executed IT strategy causes more problems than it solves.
Gain World-Class Security
In today’s world of cybercrime and data loss, security is key. Data security is one of the most important parts of any modern business, which means organizations need to dedicate resources only to security. Outsourcing IT means businesses gain a dedicated team that focuses on data security. This reduces cost in two ways: first through reduced staffing needs, and second by protecting the business from the risks involved with data loss.
Scale Your IT as You Grow
It’s hard to predict technology needs under normal circumstances, and the real test comes when an organization grows from a startup to an empire. Every stop on the way poses new challenges, and the answer to those challenges almost always lies in new technology. A dedicated technology partner helps businesses anticipate these changes with a strategic roadmap that is closely aligned to business goals. The alternative is to purchase equipment and software without researching needs or evaluating options. This can be a costly mistake to a business that doesn’t understand technology or how to procure it.
Focus on Your Core Business, Not Your IT
The overriding advantage we can see from all of the above factors is that outsourcing IT creates more of a business focus. Employees that are bogged down with IT tasks have less time to do their own jobs. Business owners that are elbows deep in the minutiae of buying and planning IT have less time to guide the business. Managed services make the day so much easier by handling all the help desk and monitoring, allowing internal IT staff the time to handle more strategic tasks and projects.
SBT Provides the Perfect Technology Partnership
We have refined our managed services to truly align with our clients’ goals. Instead of the obsolete break-fix model, our services are scalable to our clients’ immediate and future needs. This is how our managed services plans truly save money by making things easier through proven procedures and unmatched cybersecurity. This is how a modern workplace functions.
For more information about how SBT helps businesses take control of their technology costs, reach out to us.