When used properly, technology is a vehicle for business growth and innovation. But when companies don’t have the resources to be proactive about IT, it becomes a hindrance to growth that halts productivity, increases risk, and causes a lot of stress.
Outsourcing IT to a skilled managed services provider (MSP) has solved this problem for many businesses across a wide variety of industries. In this post, we’ll go over 6 of the biggest benefits of outsourcing IT. As a quick summary, working with an MSP can help you:
- Reduce labor costs and overhead
- Create a roadmap for growth
- Make your business more competitive
- Take on less risk
- Humanize your technology
- Spend your time where it benefits your business the most
1. Reduce labor costs and overhead
Hiring and training an in-house IT staff is expensive, and unless you are a technology expert yourself, it can be almost impossible to know if someone is truly skilled and qualified enough to handle your company’s IT needs.
Outsourcing IT instantly reduces labor costs, and you only pay for what you need. Plus, experienced managed services providers have already done the necessary research and development on their end. They have the resources to continue to innovate and keep up with IT industry developments as time goes by and invest that knowledge in your business.
If you already have an in-house IT expert you like and trust, an MSP can work alongside them to make your business more efficient and competitive.
2. Create a roadmap for growth
Growing businesses have growing IT needs. But continuing to expand your in-house IT department hinders your growth and eventually makes it impossible to keep up with security, software, and hardware upgrades. Your IT strategy becomes reactive instead of proactive.
Strategic planning and roadmapping is crucial to what we do at Upward Technology. In our view, technology isn’t just a necessary business expense; our processes and systems are designed to provide insight into your business. Investing in technology is an opportunity to:
- Streamline your business operations
- Increase productivity
- Improve communications
- Drive growth
3. Make your business more competitive
A managed services provider allows your technology to scale with your business. Even when your growth is unpredictable or when an unexpected IT problem emerges, your MSP can work with you to handle it efficiently without holding your business back.
Once freed from the burden of inefficient IT systems, we’ve seen many of our clients instantly increase productivity, save hundreds of staff hours, and start competing with much larger industry players.
4. Take on less risk
A managed services provider can help you manage many of the risks that come with running a business, especially when it comes to security and compliance requirements.
For example, we offer cybersecurity, data backup, and risk management services to protect your business from unexpected threats and mishaps.
The benefits of outsourcing IT extend beyond just security, though. Sophisticated, well-designed IT systems also reduce opportunities for human error.
5. Humanize your technology
We put in the work on our end to distill complex technologies into simplified tools that everyone at your business can understand and use.
Your MSP should be providing customer service in addition to technology. A good IT services provider should:
- Be available and responsive when you need them
- Set clear expectations and prioritize communication
- Take time to understand your business so they can align their services to help you reach your goals
6. Spend your time where it benefits your business the most
Do you feel like you don’t have enough time to focus on strategy because you’re often bogged down in unimportant details, completing laborious tasks, or putting out IT fires?
Your time is valuable. Outsourcing IT to a managed services provider allows you to focus on meaningful tasks that utilize your most important skills.
At Upward Technology, our approach is customized to your specific needs and our focus is on your current and long-term success. We would love to talk to you about how our managed IT services can help get your business where you want to be. Contact us today if you’re interested in learning more about how we can help!