We’ve previously written about how to know if outsourcing IT is right for your business, as well as taken a look at some basic benefits that come along with outsourced Managed Services from a quality local managed services provider. The truth is, business looking for ways to reduce costs overall often end up evaluating the pros and cons of outsourcing their IT department.
Startups, often working with paper-thin margins and a small staff, have been early adopters of outsourced IT services. We have found that Small-to-Medium Businesses (or SMBs) really stand to gain the most in benefits from Managed Services, as outsourced IT helps to give their organizations the opportunity to buy support services that fit their business model.
An article published by the London Telegraph suggests that your business can save up to 30% when it outsources its IT department. How can that kind of cost savings be reached? Let us walk you through the ways that Outsourced IT will help your business cut costs and stay strong in a competitive marketplace.
For the majority of SMBs, email is absolutely essential. If your business is unable to access email, it could impact productivity or even leave you at a standstill, losing profits while waiting for a fix to be able to do business again. Hosting your email on Microsoft Office 365, you can mitigate many of the concerns associated with downtime.
With outsourced administration of your email platform, you can institute the features and functionalities that your business really needs, rather than being saddled with a variety of products or services that just cost money without providing benefits. This could be something as simple as configuring transport rules, enforcing BYOD policies for mobile devices, or setting up and administering a basic spam filter.
In most offices, space is at a premium. Since Office 365 removes the requirement of having infrastructure onsite, that’s less equipment and one less service that your business will need to manage. Office 365 lives in the cloud which means that it can be managed from anywhere. A managed service provider can help you get the most out of your Office 365 subscription.
For example, you can setup Office 365 to work with third party solutions that can meet your organization’s compliance standards. An outsourced IT staff can also configure an email gateway that scans for viruses, malware, ransomware and advanced attacks that might be used to penetrate your network. Removing onsite infrastructure provides your business with the ability to offload managed services to outsourced IT professionals.
Organizations of all sizes are tasked with monitoring their system access logs, their firewall logs and any antivirus alerts that may arise. Some businesses need more than just an IT staff; they need around the clock server uptime monitoring and cyber security analysis. Managed service providers can help your business monitor for cyber attacks, while proactively shoring up any security flaws.
If you are currently understaffed in your IT department, a cyber attack could potentially go unnoticed.
The ramifications of this could be severe. Having a team of trained IT security professionals that audit the security of your network and monitor the logs is a proactive step that will help your company save on the costs associated with recovering from a cyber attack.
Could your business save on IT service management costs buy purchasing services a la carte? Mix and match the IT services your business needs and compare those costs to the costs of an onsite IT hire. The best part of buying IT services a la carte is that you’ll get specific expertise on each service that you buy through your managed service provider.
For example, if you were to subscribe to Disaster Recovery services, you will work with a team that has performed DR for several other businesses in your area. This expertise is crucial, because when you hire an IT staff, most of this expertise is gained by trial and error at your company’s expense.
Day to day tech problems have become a fact of life in most small businesses. When employees are helping other employees solve tech problems, the company isn’t making any money. Therefore it’s helpful to have someone to call when you need to:
Outsourced IT services can help you solve each of these issues whenever they arise in your office. In fact, you can delegate all of your IT tasks to an outsourced IT consulting company if you wish.
Most small businesses purchase managed services because they can save money and increase efficiency within their business. Outsourcing your IT department solves several problems. It’s less staff to manage, less space you’ll need to store IT hardware and it’s the easiest way to get trusted solutions for your businesses IT operations. Consider the inherent benefits of outsourcing the IT operations of your business to a team of trusted IT professionals.
At BACS, we specialize in providing high-tech IT solutions for high-tech businesses out of our home base here in the San Francisco Bay Area. We work with everything from small startups just getting off the ground to large enterprises with specialized industry requirements.Whether you’re interested in total Managed IT, need Security Services to keep your essential data safe, are looking into data backup in case of sustained power loss or natural disasters, business technology like VOIP or CCTV, or you’re a local company looking for quality network cabling, BACS is here to help. Reach us by phone at (650) 887-4601 or contact us online at any time to schedule your IT Assessment or Security Audit today!
Published on 3rd January 2017 by James Berger.