In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, it’s never been more important to ensure your IT system can support your business at it grows and develops. One of the most important performance factors you need from your IT department is to provide a reliable data back up and disaster recovery system. There are several benefits of outsourcing your IT support to an expert team of IT professionals. Below we’ve listed some of the key benefits your business stands to gain from an outsourced IT department.
Outsourcing your IT services means you can establish a set cost for your monthly, quarterly, and annual IT activity which will allow you to budget. Your IT partner can advise on system upgrades and security software updates in advance of you paying for them so you won’t be hit by unexpected costs throughout the year. Working on a retained basis with an outsourced IT department will give you the peace of mind that both your IT performance and security is accounted for month on month.
If you hire someone responsible for your IT management in house, you will be totally reliant on their skills and experiences, whatever situation you’re facing. By outsourcing your IT requirements, you will be able to draw on the skills and experiences of a whole team of IT professionals. No matter how qualified someone is, when it comes to experience, you can’t interview for every eventuality. By partnering with an external IT support team you’re more likely to find someone who has dealt with the challenge you’re facing before and can offer expert advice on how best to handle it.
Another benefit of outsourcing your IT department is that new system or security implementations can take place with ease. Your outsourced partner will be working closely with your business and your team so will understand the periods your business absolutely can’t afford to have down time. Implementing new technologies also becomes far more cost efficient with an outsourced IT department, as the people required to fulfil the implementation are already available. This will save you time and money hiring external companies who have the expertise you need to bring these new systems and technologies in house.
Staying on top of developments within IT security is a costly, time-consuming exercise. If you store confidential data or take payments online, you’ll want to ensure you’re protecting your customers’ data and that all your sensitive information is kept safe. Your outsourced IT department can stay on top of threats within the industry and advise on best practice when it comes to software updates. Plus, by using an external IT team, you can store data on their servers, keeping it backed up outside of your business, which adds an extra level of security in the unfortunate event of a break in or fire.
If you’re looking to outsource your IT department, contact CARA today to see how we can help you achieve your business goals.