Is your business in need of managed IT services? If you currently do you own IT in-house, you might think managed IT services are a waste of money. Why rent your IT team when you can spend the same money to own it?
We get where you’re coming from, but there are a few situations where you definitely save money, get more bang for your buck, and maybe even make more money when you use managed IT services instead of keeping it in house. Hear us out:
Three Situations Where Managed IT Services are Most Beneficial
- SITUATION ONE: When you need to get out of the trenches and focus on more strategic-oriented business plans.
You might have some really brilliant ideas for growing your business into a household name. These strategies take time and effort though. When you’re stuck with a day that only has 24 hours like the rest of us, there’s only so much you can get done. Not to mention, your brain will function at peak efficiency to pull of such pipe dreams when you get a solid night of sleep, and a balanced diet. Neither of which are really possible when you’re trying to run your business, and learn the IT best practices, and manage an IT team yourself, in a single day.
When you bring in third-party IT support, they take care of all the day-to-day grunt work that you don’t want to be weighed down by, and your mind and time are freed to work on the things that will make your business successful.
- SITUATION TWO: When you want to stay current with your technology, without having to invest your arm and leg.
The big challenge with running your own IT department is staying current with technology. You’ll invest thousands of dollars on training to keep your staff adequately prepared to support your business, only to find that everything changes the next year and all that money you dumped in to training is down the drain. While you might think that keeping the knowledge in-house is the most secure way to operate your business, keeping your staff adequately trained on the technology needed to support your business is a never-ending money pit.
When you use managed IT services instead, staying abreast of current IT best practices is their problem, not yours. The rate that you pay goes to getting the support you need for your current technology, training the managed IT services staff to support that technology comes in the package.
- SITUATION THREE: When you want to choose the IT services you pay for a la carte.
When you keep your own IT team in house, there really isn’t an option for getting an expert in every area of IT. You’d need to hire a network and telephone guy. You’d need a programmer analyst guy. You’d need an IT security guy. You’d need an infrastructure guy. You’d need a desktop support guy. Each of these positions cost a minimum of $70,000 per year, when you factor in benefits and salary. Unless you have a sizable business, this isn’t possible. Even if your business can support a large IT staff to cover all of your needs, that money could be put to better use growing your business elsewhere.
At best, you might be able to find a few employees who can cover more than one function, but this will leave them overstretched, and there’s a good chance you won’t an employee who is an expert at more than one branch of IT.
When you use managed IT services, you have the opportunity to pick and choose which services you need, without having to “buy” an entire employee for each. Maybe you need IT security for 1/4 of an employee. Maybe you need a network guy to set up your network, and for a rare project, but not in between. Maybe you need a desktop support guy when you’re locked out of your computer, but not the other 39 hours per week. When you use managed IT services, you’re able to pay for services you need, when you need them. You don’t have to pay for the rest of the employee the rest of the day.
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