Is it Time to Outsource Your IT Department?

There are many things to consider when running a sizable business. Maybe you started yours from the ground up and have grown it to 50 employees or so. Maybe you purchased the business and have spent the past few years fine tuning profit margins and product lines. Whatever the case, you have probably never considered doing anything different with your IT system. Perhaps you should. Managing your information network can be a cumbersome task. Routers, switches, relays, and ISP services all have to work together to get the information where it needs to go. In addition, there are security concerns that must be addressed.  In order to handle of these things properly you are going to need experienced people and equipment that will need to be maintained and updated.

Those things cost money. They can cost a lot of money when you put all of the pieces together. Bottom line, it is not cheap. Maybe it is time to outsource your IT needs. If it makes good business sense you should consider it. Here are some things to consider when making your decision. First, think about the money you could save from a staffing standpoint. No doubt you are spending thousands of dollars per year (possibly per month) for your information management team. Software development Romania could free up some of those dollars, contributing to cash flow and the like. Second, you are the warranty as it stands right now. If a piece of equipment fails you have to purchase a new item. Outsourcing helps with that by offering leases on certain types of equipment. Something to consider. 

Finally, you have help. Most outsourcing companies provide 24 hour call in lines for tech help and troubleshooting. This is a nice arrow to have in your quiver if there is a weekend blackout. The last thing you want to be dealing with on a Saturday night is making a 2 am phone call to your IT supervisor, and wait for him to arrive on site to remedy the problem.  It could take hours. There many more advantages to outsourcing that will be specific to your situation. The only way to know for sure if it makes sense is to run the numbers. Pull your company reports and assess what your IT needs are actually costing you. Then, get an estimate from a few companies who outsource. In the long run, you will be glad you did.