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.

 

 

 

Making Sure Your Computers Are Secure Over The Summer Holiday

We can bet students and teachers are looking forward to a well-deserved break over the summer, but even when no one is in the offices and classrooms you will need to protect your school’s computers from hacking and viruses.

So how can you make sure your school’s computers are secure over the six weeks?

Introduce a Computer Defence System

Malware is a type of software that is designed to damage your computer or gain unauthorised access to your personal information. This can include viruses, worms, Trojan horses and spyware. Most malware can be distributed across the internet and can be bundled into other software.

While it may sound obvious, just like your home computers, your school’s PCs need to be protected by security software too using antivirus, anti-spyware and anti-malware.

Our IT support in Essex suggests installing antivirus software such as Bitdefender, Norton or Kaspersky to protect against viruses. This software will help prevent malware getting into your computer and remove it if already present.

Back-up your Computer

As a school, it Is expected that you will be in possession of personal information belonging to parents and students so is important that this data is protected.

While it may be possible to repair your computer, when data is lost your files may be lost forever resulting in a stressful few weeks back after the holidays and major inconveniences for staff and students if the school is unable to run efficiently. You can prevent this happening when you back up your files on an external hard drive or by using an online backup service.

Run Disk Cleanups

Windows has an internal disk cleanup program in the Control Panel to get rid of any temporary files and other files stored on your computer. It quickly scans your computer for these files before giving you the option to delete them to free up space on your hard drive.

At 39 Degress Solutions, we like to take a more holistic approach to IT support, aiming to be a one-stop shop for all aspects of business IT support.

We currently provide IT services in Essex for businesses, but could be a valuable asset to your school’s computer security; providing cloud services, IT support and holiday cover for your IT department.

To find how we can help your school’s security, call 01708 390370 or email sales@ghostservices.co.uk