If you’re like most business owners, then you consider your business to be like a child that requires your unending love, attention, and care. The mere thought of sharing this deeply personal responsibility with others can be a source of anxiety.
Sometimes, however, facing your greatest worries head-on is exactly what you need to do so that both you and your business can grow.
Let’s take a look at the top signs that can reliably reaffirm what you might have been feeling for a long time: it’s time to outsource your IT to a managed services provider (MSP).
The fact that many employees in small businesses often have several unrelated responsibilities isn’t a bug—it’s a feature and something many employees enjoy because it makes workdays less monotonous.
However, even the best features can stop serving their intended purpose. When employees have to wear too many hats (especially those that don’t fit them well), their ability to keep customers happy and complete essential business objectives can drop greatly.
This issue is especially common in non-IT businesses where one or more “techies” are tasked with keeping everything running smoothly, which isn’t an easy task even for seasoned IT professionals.
When engineers design a car engine, they have two basic ways to make the engine more powerful: they can make it larger, or they can make it more efficient. The first approach gave us the gas guzzlers of the 70s, while the second approach gave us today’s incredibly efficient turbocharged petrol engines.
As a business owner, you have the same two options when it comes to adding additional bandwidth to grow your business. If you decide to grow in size, you will soon find yourself competing with other larger businesses. But if you decide to optimize your processes to accomplish more with what you already have, you can easily become a leader in your market segment.
By outsourcing your IT to an MSP, you gain access to seasoned experts who can help you replace some of the cogs that keep your business turning with modern, more efficient alternatives.
The numerous benefits of using managed IT services don’t make the reasons for growing an in-house IT department any less valid. For example, in-house IT employees know the business they work for inside and out, which makes it easier for them to quickly come up with solutions that fit like a glove.
The problem is that finding the right talent has become a major problem due to the ongoing IT talent shortage, which was recently reported to be at a 10-year high. With limited talent to choose from, outsourcing to an MSP is sometimes not just the best option—it’s the only option.
Cybersecurity is a thorny issue that concerns all organizations today regardless of their size, especially those that are subject to regulatory requirements like CMMC, HIPAA, or Arizona’s breach notification law.
If you’ve recently experienced a cybersecurity incident that reminded you of the gaps in your defenses, then you shouldn’t wait before patching them up because it’s only a matter of time before other cybercriminals notice them as well.
But just because you have yet to experience a cybersecurity incident doesn’t mean you can afford to ignore cybersecurity. That’s because 43 percent of all data breaches involve small and medium-sized businesses, so it’s only a matter of time before someone sets their sights on your business. A capable MSP can help you survive the encounter so that you can fight another battle.
It’s not unheard of for computers, servers, printers, and other essential components of most organizations’ IT infrastructures to function for years and sometimes even decades. While it’s great when technology works reliably just as intended, the lifespan of IT assets shouldn’t be limited just by their ability to turn on.
Many of the legacy systems so many businesses still depend on every single day pale in comparison with their modern alternatives in terms of capabilities, security, and overall value.
Instead of clinging to dusty, old hardware, maybe the time has come to let go of it and partner with an MSP that can help you come up with a comprehensive digital transformation strategy so that you can successfully achieve all business goals.
Are any of the signs described in this article familiar to you? If so, don’t wait and contact us at Aligned Technology Solutions and let us become your managed service provider.
We see IT services and solutions as enablers of business success and love watching our customers benefit from them. Regardless of if you want to improve your cybersecurity, take advantage of the cloud, or achieve compliance with a specific regulation, Aligned Technology Solutions is here to help you.