The benefits of IT outsourcing can be immensely positive for some businesses, you’ve likely this heard time and time again but perhaps not taken it into consideration as a viable option.
Entrusting an external company with a task you likely don’t need to keep in house could lead to increasing efficiencies and savings on costs.
Businesses are focused on growth and with that comes the need to be savvy about savings and having a vested interest in reducing overheads. This can include the annual IT expenditure where savings of between 25% – 50% can be achieved by outsourcing IT services, something of interest to most business managers and owners.
Dave Taylor, managing director of Stockport based Amshire IT Solutions, explains that being reliant on one dedicated team member could be harmful to business if that person was absent or on leave. He highlights that the fast pace of today’s technology can be hard to keep up with. This could result in a lack of expertise and added pressure for a team member who is responsible for the IT in a company, in addition to their main role.
“Not long ago small firms may have had a dedicated IT person, or someone who looked after IT issues alongside their main job. Whilst an in-house IT person can bring benefits – it does have its downsides too.”
Dave goes on to mention the benefits of IT outsourcing that could be reaped from using outsourced IT solutions. This includes the ability to use professional services as and when they’re required, reducing overheads by not employing someone directly.
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“Because of the extraordinary speed at which technology develops today, this means that the dedicated IT person may not have enough expertise in all the aspects of technology which your business is using. There is of course also the practical consideration of what happens when the IT person is on holiday or off sick? If they are off sunning themselves when a problem arises it could hit your business operations and effectiveness, something that businesses can ill afford these days.”
Why else might you outsource?
– Professional IT services as you need them
– Ensure that you are kept up to date with IT Developments
– Opportunity to centralize and consolidate your Company’s main functions, thus increasing your Company’s efficiency and productivity.
– Reduce the need to hire an internal IT Specialist
– Increase your revenues and reduce your expenses
Whilst Amshire highlights the benefits of IT outsourcing, this could easily be applied to various aspects of your business, from your accounts to marketing.