The Benefits of Outsourcing Your Business IT
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It should go without saying that most businesses in the UK rely on IT to manage their day-to-day work at some level. These days, it’s almost impossible to pay bills and staff, order supplies, access customer details and many other essential tasks without some kind of IT system.
If you don’t have time to manage your own IT, or perhaps it just isn’t your strong point, you have two options: take someone on to do it for you or outsource it to a specialist.
Of course, outsourcing doesn’t mean you have to turn every single aspect of your IT over to an outside company. You can still maintain IT staff who know and understand your business, but by outsourcing certain aspects, you can take advantage of a company that’s likely to have experts in all areas of IT that you’ll be able to call on at any time.
Those areas can include things like application development and support, security, data storage, web and email hosting and a whole lot more.
Taking the decision to outsource your IT to another business is a big step, because you’re trusting an outside organisation with what is an essential part of your business. So you’d hope that there would be significant advantages to doing it – and we’re delighted to tell you that there are many! Here are just a few:
Staying on top of any company’s IT activity and requirements, such as security, troubleshooting, application support, managing data and so on can take a lot of time. Not many companies have the resources to maintain the sort of size department that’s needed to not only do all that on a day-to-day basis, but also be able to develop its IT requirements for the future. IT specialists like Pickl have all that expertise on tap, which means that you can use it and pay for it when you need it.
Immediate access to technology trends
It’s easy to become complacent when you’re managing your own IT – after all, if something’s working, why would you need to change it? But the world of IT, as we know, moves very quickly, and if you don’t keep track of everything from the latest security threats to the suitability of your hardware and software, you can quickly find that what you’re running is no longer fit for purpose. IT outsourcing allows you access to experts who will already be on top of what’s changing and be able to make informed recommendations about when you need to upgrade or switch your IT provision.
Less downtime when things go wrong
When you outsource your IT, you should have instant access to expert support and advice when things go wrong. So, if your own IT expert is on holiday, ill or just not available, you won’t be left to deal with the potentially disastrous effects of a major problem. At Pickl, we offer rapid help when you need it, with guaranteed response times during office hours and fast assistance available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year!
With outsourced IT, your business is more agile to respond to changes in your business. You’ll never have to wait while you employ new staff to deal with an increased workload or carry out extensive research to find an IT solution to a developing issue. A quick call and you’re likely to be able to upgrade your level of support to suit your new circumstances pretty much instantly.
Top level security
Cybersecurity is one of the biggest issues we face, both at work and at home. With an outsourced IT partner, you are able to leverage strategic partnerships with tried and trusted cybersecurity firms. This takes the guesswork out of the decision making process and allows you to leverage specialised skills that you would otherwise not have had access to or which costs too much to employ internally.
Here at Pickl, we take the time to get to know your business so that we can provide the most effective IT support possible. With no long-term commitment, just a rolling monthly contract to give you full flexibility, and a team of focused and dedicated professionals committed to giving you the IT support you need, we can take the IT burden off your shoulders and allow you to focus more closely on running your business.