What is the Advantage of IT Outsourcing for a Small Business?
As a business owner you are always focused on the key activities of growing your company, but you also need to deal with your non-core business functions efficiently, such as your IT operations. IT outsourcing is a tried-and-tested approach and is recognized as a long-term competitive strategy for business success. IT outsourcing helps you get your focus back on your core business and control your IT CAPEX and OPEX costs at the same time.
If you find yourself asking the following questions then IT outsourcing might be for you:
- Are my Information Technology systems set up correctly?
- Are my employees as efficient and as productive as possible?
- Is my IT infrastructure ready to support new business and new employees?
- Is my company data as secure as possible?
- Is my reactive approach to IT service and repair cost effective?
- In the event of a fire or flood are my data backups capable of restoring my business systems quickly?
Key Reasons to outsource your IT; consider the following top reasons cited by companies that have successfully outsourced their IT operations:
Control Your IT costs: ANP’s clients report IT outsourcing can save them as much as 43% over their traditional reactive Time & Materials approach to IT service. Typical PCs can be supported for $50 a month and Servers cost $150 per month. By converting to a outsourced IT fixed fee all you can consume model, the business owner can realistically set an IT budget and be assured it will not fluctuate during the year.
Lower Your Infrastructure Investments: By outsourcing your IT you can avoid the need to purchase PC and server management toolsets. You no longer need to renew annual antivirus subscription contracts. You no longer have to rely upon slow to dispatch T&M service; which can blow your monthly IT budget.
Focus on Your Business: Focus on your core business. Redirect your organization’s internal resources toward mission-critical activities. By outsourcing your IT functions you and your employees never have to worry again about a windows patch, a virus quarantine, or a damaged disk drive.
Accelerate Migration to New IT Technologies: Migrate to new IT technologies with minimum downtime and increased productivity and quality by outsourcing IT projects o an IT outsourcer to jump start your company advancements.
Get Access to Best-Practices Capabilities and Improve your IT Availability and Performance: Imagine the peace of mind you would have knowing that every Microsoft best-practice is set up and being maintained in your own company’s IT infrastructure? Compliance to Microsoft best-practices insure that your company’s IT will be more reliable and secure.
Enjoy Deep IT Experience & Knowledge: An IT outsourcer will typically have a staff of IT expertise that is aligned by technologies and very deep in experience. At ANP we have Firewall, Router, Server Virtualization, and VoIP IT engineers. Each engineer’s salary is shared across thousands of devices so a small company has access to a level of IT engineering talent that would not otherwise have access to.
No more IT Sick Days: Once your outsource your company’s IT to a fixed fee Managed IT Service Provider, you will never worry about another IT hiring, sick day, vacation day or training request. You will never have to hire another IT employee.
Enhanced Business Continuity: Get protection from natural calamities, accidents, fires, or technical crises. Disaster recovery and data back ups and detailed back up plans provided by the Managed IT Service Providers will help you to respond rapidly and get operations back on track quickly.
IT Outsourcing as a business model:
Though there have been a lot of controversies regarding outsourcing, the overwhelming advantages of IT outsourcing speak for themselves. More companies are drawing up plans to outsource their IT work to Managed IT Service Providers such as ANP. Many companies now base their entire IT business plan around the delegation of functions to external IT service providers; for example many company’s now don’t see the value in owning an operating an email server. According to some experts outsourcing is not simply a way of cutting costs; it is now a successful and valid business model.