• Should I Outsource My IT?

Are you waking up in a cold sweat thinking about technology budgets? Do you have anxiety dreams about keeping your email server up and running? Then you might be a candidate for IT outsourcing. Small businesses often face the same technology headaches that larger ones do, such as daily firefighting, cybersecurity risks, and end-user & IT support costs. The problem is that they don't have the same resources. Handing off some of the more difficult jobs to a third-party managed services provider can help relieve the headaches and free you up to focus on your tech strategy.

Is technology outsourcing the right approach for you? Here are some questions to ask yourself, to help you decide.

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Outsourcing isn't right for everyone—you have to know why you're doing it and what you expect from the relationship, and you have to weigh the cost of a managed services relationship against your projected internal costs. Think also about your business goals, and the strategic importance of IT to your company, before making the jump. But in many cases, an outsourcing partnership can be a valuable way to focus IT's role within the company and unlock new capabilities.

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[2] Spiceworks 2019 It Trends Survey - https://www.spiceworks.com/marketing/state-of-it/report/

[3] KPMG/Harvey Nash 2018 CIO Survey - https://assets.kpmg/content/dam/kpmg/xx/pdf/2018/06/harvey-nash-kpmg-cio-survey-2018.pdf

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[5] KPMG/Harvey Nash 2018 CIO Survey - https://assets.kpmg/content/dam/kpmg/xx/pdf/2018/06/harvey-nash-kpmg-cio-survey-2018.pdf

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[7] KPMG/Harvey Nash 2018 CIO Survey - https://assets.kpmg/content/dam/kpmg/xx/pdf/2018/06/harvey-nash-kpmg-cio-survey-2018.pdf

[8] Spiceworks 2019 It Trends Survey - https://www.spiceworks.com/marketing/state-of-it/report/

[9] Computer Weekly IT Priorities survey 2019 - https://www.computerweekly.com/ehandbook/UK-IT-Priorities-2019

[10] Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, 2019 Cybersecurity Breaches Survey - https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/813599/Cyber_Security_Breaches_Survey_2019_-_Main_Report.pdf



 

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