When you’re considering outsourced IT, it can be tricky to know when it’s time to make the transition. You may have a big project nearing a deadline, and staff augmentation makes perfect sense. Or you may simply drift towards the impression that your company could be doing more at a lower cost if you were to outsource.
For those more nuanced IT situations, here are some signs that it’s time to consider outsourced IT:
- Your systems are often down, causing productivity to slow.
- Your in-house IT costs have spiraled.
- You’re falling behind in technology trends.
- You’ve noticed your competitors are more tech-forward.
- Your business is growing rapidly.
Any one of these reasons is a good catalyst for outsourcing, but if you find that you’ve got two or more circumstances listed above, you should start evaluating the benefits of staff augmentation with outsourced IT. A few benefits you can anticipate include:
When you are pursuing a major project deadline, staff augmentation can be more cost-effective than hiring in-house. You will only pay for the skills and work you need, and you’ll avoid paying for a full salary and benefits for an employee.
You also save in terms of the time you could spend hiring someone and vetting all of their certifications. The provider will have already screened its employees, and you’ll appreciate the ability to get right to work.
Flexibility and Scalability
Maybe you need to extend fiber cable to additional buildings on your campus or you’re considering a network upgrade. Every year comes with unique technology projects, so your needs are going to change. Outsourced IT allows you to procure the skills and expertise you need for this year’s project and select different talent next year when it’s time to do something else.
Whether you’re outsourcing your entire IT department or simply bringing in an additional member of your team for a project, working with a provider that specializes in outsourced IT will improve your security. You could potentially have better access to monitoring and threat mitigation tools, as well as the benefit of insights from a provider that has worked with similar companies.
You have the opportunity to upskill your existing employees and have them rapidly learn the ins and outs of implementing software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN). Or, you could bring in a virtual networking specialist to handle the implementation and allow your employees to focus on their areas of expertise. It’s better for everyone.
Outsourced IT is the right move in a variety of situations, but you may have questions about the specific benefits your company could experience. Contact us at Proper Connections to learn more about the opportunities outsourcing could offer your team.