Outsourcing Your IT – Why it’s SUCH a good idea for SMEs

Outsourcing Your IT  – Why it’s SUCH a good idea for SMEs

In the small to medium-sized enterprise market, the last few years have seen the once-ubiquitous IT department gradually losing popularity as more and more businesses decide to outsource their IT support and rely on off-site providers for security, storage and networking solutions. According to datacenterjournal.com, IT outsourcing is at his highest percentage for 5 years – and although it seems that the number of functions that are being outsourced is not increasing, the volume of work sent to outside service providers is.

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There are many reasons why IT outsourcing can give you an advantage over having an on-site IT department although probably the most important one is financial. Hiring IT professionals as full-time staff can be very costly, especially if your infrastructure is large and you require several people to keep it running. Contracting out means that you can end up paying far less for the same level of expertise over time, as well as saving money on equipment.

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And expertise is what it’s all about. Assuming you are not yourself an IT company, chances are that you are far better at running and organising your own business than you are at maintaining its IT infrastructure, and unless you already have someone with that skillset on board, you’re going to have to either hire in or train existing staff, both of which can be costly and time-consuming. Outsourcing allows you to access that same level of expertise without having to increase headcount or retrain large amounts of your own staff.

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Basically, unless you already have it covered, IT support is a distraction. You will be far too busy dealing with the actual business end of your enterprise to give it the attention it deserves. If you can rely on a trained professional to be on hand to ensure that the nuts and bolts of the operation are all in functional order, then you can dedicate yourself and your team to ensuring that your business is a success.

Professional racing drivers don’t tend to get under the hoods of their vehicles themselves- their talent is in driving the car, not calibrating the engine. And applying similar logic to your IT needs can similarly allow you to reach the finish line just that little bit faster.

Call us today to discuss your business IT requirements, and we’ll take the tech strain and let you get back to worrying about your bottom line. Call 01279 800039, or fill in our online contact form by visiting our IT support services page here.

 

 

 

What’s your IT department doing about new cybersecurity legislation?

What's your IT department going to do about it?

What’s your IT department going to do about it?

Companies and organisations of all sizes and in all locations have been attacked by hackers. Cybersecurity is still a vitally important consideration as well as a hot topic. Hackers use constantly-evolving automated techniques and tools to raid and misuse data, causing damage to the reputation and livelihood of the companies they target.

Some things such as firewalls and IPS can deflect this damage, and more sophisticated tools can take on more highly-evolved weapons. And there are processes that can stop hackers – defence against cybercrime is an ongoing war for businesses, which is where we can help you.

Changes in EU law demand that you now comply with the Network and Information Security (NIS) and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation, which impose new, incident reporting requirements on a wide range of businesses.

The NIS comes into force this year and the GDPR will be phased in over 2015 and 2016, becoming mandatory from 2017: non-compliance could mean fines, plus the misuse of personal data and the loss of reputation and revenue that follows an attack.

Click here for the information you need to know now on what a good cybersecurity solution can do for your business: