Even with the best intentions, in-house IT managers may have a hard time keeping operations running efficiently. Too often, overstretched resources end up adopting a break/fix mentality, meaning they spend more time fixing existing systems than strategizing on how to make operations run more smoothly.
This works for smaller systems that don’t require immediate changes to scale their IT process for growth. However, to increase your market, you need to get beyond keeping systems up and running to thinking more in terms of the bigger picture.
Outsourcing daily maintenance or hiring experts to guide your strategy can save your in-house team time, energy and money. Keep reading to learn how outsourcing to an IT managed service provider benefits your organization.
1. Control IT Costs
Convert fixed IT expenses into variable costs based on your current needs. This can save you money since you only pay for the skill sets you need until the project is done.
2. Save on Labor Costs
You might need several skills to complete a project without needing those skills full time. Outsourcing to an IT managed service provider helps you realize economies of scale. You only pay for the hours it takes to complete your project, no matter how many people take on tasks in the project plan. Best of all, you don’t have to hire, manage or pay benefits to IT professionals.
3. Qualified, Certified Professionals
A managed service provider gives you access to IT technologists with decades worth of experience. Many consultants have several certifications in cloud-based and traditional software and hardware tools. By hiring an MSP, you maintain your access to this talent base on an as-needed basis.
4. Minimize Downtime
By hiring the most resourceful consultants in the business, you can get an evaluation of your existing IT systems. Working with key stakeholders, we concentrate on key business objectives and help you determine which processes create bottlenecks in your workflow. Then, we suggest tools and upgrades to improve or replace the most problematic systems or processes. We also evaluate which legacy systems have a tendency to crash and interrupt productive work.
5. Increase Efficiency
IT managed service providers spent a lot of time fixing similar issues across many industries. This gives them a pretty good idea of what changes need to be made to fix those issues when they crop up in your system. This could mean getting back up much more quickly.
6. Fast Trach New Technology
Your IT team may spend most of its time keeping the current applications running properly. In that case, they probably don’t have the bandwidth to introduce new technology without putting daily operations at risk. Partnering with consultants who are well-versed in the new technology fast tracks new projects. Solutions go to production within days or weeks instead of months. IT managed service providers are used to providing documentation and training to hand over maintenance to the in-house team.
7. Compliance and Security
Hiring an IT managed service provider gives you access to cybersecurity specialists who can ensure that your firewall effectively rebuffs hackers and malware. Workstation audits, DMZ barrier protection and multifactor authentification are just some of the tools that certified, experienced network consultants can put in place at your organization.
8. Avoid Data Loss and Breaches
Experienced network administrators know how to monitor data breach attempts. They put the right security protocols and alerts in place to detect unauthorized access to sensitive, private data. A network consultant from an MSP can also provide actionable advice on how to handle data breaches and communicate the breach to compromised clients and partners in accordance with state and federal laws.
Outsource to a qualified MSP to ensure that your organization has the most qualified people working on the most critical projects. Contact us to find out more about how our services work or to request an evaluation of your current environment.