How Managed IT Services Support Business Growth

How Managed It Services Support Business Growth

Your organisation’s IT infrastructure is vital to its success in the modern world. After all, the world we live in is a digital one. Business growth directly relies on how well you can leverage technology to have an impact, and the companies that triumph are the ones that can use technology in the most innovative ways.

Yet, the cost of maintaining a robust IT infrastructure is a significant challenge for many businesses. The ongoing skills shortage and the escalating cost of living have made it increasingly difficult for businesses to allocate the necessary funds for IT. This raises a crucial question: How can organisations maintain a high-quality IT infrastructure without incurring exorbitant costs? 

The solution lies in partnering with a managed IT service provider. These providers offer the same level of efficiency, practicality, security, and expertise as an in-house IT team, but at a fraction of the cost. In this blog, we will delve into the reasons why you should consider this option and the multitude of benefits it can bring to your business.

The Impact of Managed IT Services on Business Efficiency

Efficiency is the lifeblood of any business striving to stay competitive in today’s fast-paced world. Without it, your business will lag behind, struggling to cope with the demands of modern business operations and the challenges they entail.

Without an extensive (and costly) IT department, staying efficient can be difficult. A single IT technician or a tiny team of personnel won’t be able to meet all your needs. They’ll be limited to helping one or two people at a time, slowing down your processes and potentially leading to increased operational downtime. Time is money, after all.

A managed IT service eliminates this problem for a fraction of the cost, as you will have access to an entire team on demand without hiring and training your own IT staff. There will always be someone to meet your needs and ensure that all operations run smoothly.

Cost Savings and Budget Predictability

The IT skills shortage means that hiring IT personnel nowadays is simply expensive. The surge in the cost of living over the past year has also driven up wage costs. Both of these factors can lead to fluctuating wage costs, hurting your ability to predict your IT budget. 

Moreover, hiring staff means accommodating their physical needs. This means considering office space, equipment, and anything else they may require to work, which can end up being costly when added together.

Building an in-house IT team is also a question of capacity. It’s difficult to size your team right, and getting this decision wrong is costly. Hire too many, and you’ll have extra capacity you don’t need, hurting budget efficiency. Conversely, having too few technicians will lead to operational downtime and reduced cyber security as your staff will have ‘too many fires to fight’.

With a managed IT service, you have to pay the pre-agreed service charge per term, and you have access to a team of experts and round-the-clock support. It frees up resources so you can spend more on growing your business. 

Leverage Expertise for a Competitive Advantage

Access to IT expertise gives your business an edge over your competitors. Firstly, managed IT services have access to and knowledge of bleeding-edge technologies. They can act as advisers for driving organisational change, helping you make the most of technologies such as AI and business process automation (BPA). 

Moreover, a team of experts at a managed IT provider may offer higher-quality support than an underfunded in-house team. This means you’ll always get the best support and can get issues solved more promptly, reducing operational downtime. 

As aforementioned, working with a managed service provider frees up operational resources (both time and funds) to focus on high-growth potential investments. That is, the less time and money you dedicate to maintaining your IT infrastructure, the more resources you have available to embark on lucrative projects, expand into new markets and grow your business. 

A managed IT service also means you’ll have access to this expertise around the clock, all year round. There’s no need to train new staff; support and guidance are available from Day One.

Enhancing Security and Compliance

Much like physical security helps protect your organisation from anyone who wants to breach it physically, your IT security is just as essential to ensure that nobody gains access to your organisation’s most crucial information and causes harm to your business. 

However, being able to protect your business around the clock can be tricky. Even with hiring an IT expert to handle your organisation’s security, they will eventually have to go home and won’t be there to handle things if a situation arises overnight. On top of this, managed IT staff may have specialised cyber security and compliance experts who will keep up-to-date with the latest threats and compliance regulations.

 A managed service provider will be able to protect and take care of your organisation around the clock and will be able to ensure that your business stays secure all of the time. They can also ensure that new security patches and updates are applied as soon as they become available and that your business is never left vulnerable.

In addition, managed IT service providers can help you understand compliance regulations and ensure that you never breach them, avoiding noncompliance (which can include litigation, at worst) and ending up in hot water.

How We Can Help

IT for your organisation can be costly and lead to many headaches when trying to find suitable personnel. A managed IT service removes this stress and gives you access to a team of experts who can help whenever needed.

If you like the sound of these benefits, contact us now! We’ll work with you to ensure that your organisation has everything it needs to prosper and take care of anything else that you may require. 

Get in touch with us now and see how we can help.