Once your business earns annual revenue of $250,000, your data starts growing at a rate that might surprise you – and because of that growth, you may want to consider outsourced IT. According to a recent study from Devolutions, 52% of SMBs experienced a cyberattack in the past year, and many businesses were attacked more than once.
You can try to protect your company from cyberattacks on your own – or you can work with experts who have highly specialized knowledge of how to build the best cyber defense. Outsourced IT can help protect your business from cyberattacks, but it can also do much more.
What is Outsourced IT?
In 2019, the global market for outsourced IT services reached $85.6 billion. Many companies are choosing to outsource their IT – but what exactly does that mean?
Just like outsourced accounting, outsourced IT is the use of professional external providers to supply key services. Infrastructure, daily operations and security are covered under the umbrella of outsourced IT.
Infrastructure involves IT planning, design and procurement. Support services include behind-the-scenes work such as storage, back-up, data recovery, data security and network monitoring. Your internal team and your outsourced IT team will work together to develop a plan for the expected infrastructure lifespan. They’ll also design a plan for the replacement needs of all technology on the network over a period of time.
Managed IT services is another way to describe outsourced IT. At VersaTrust, we provide managed IT services that are proactive in their focus. Managed IT service providers supply a team of certified IT experts who ensure the performance of all your technology.
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Who is Outsourced IT Not Right For?
Some business leaders hesitate to outsource their IT – but not many. Take a look at who outsourced IT isn’t right for.
1. Businesses that want to invest time, money, and personnel into building an internal IT team.
Ninety-four percent of senior managers in technology said that finding skilled technology professionals is challenging. But if you have plenty of time, and your business has the budget to invest in hiring qualified IT professionals and retaining them, then you may not want to invest in outsourced IT.
The reality is, few businesses are in this position. In 2022, hiring managers are facing a shortage of talented professionals – so, even if you wanted to build your own IT team, you may not be able to.
An IT professional that an SMB hires may not be as experienced, competent or efficient as a current employee of an IT company. IT companies dedicate their resources to attracting and hiring the best talent.
When you outsource your IT to a managed IT services provider, you’ll have access to multiple IT professionals. Your projects and your problems will be handled more efficiently and with less disruption when you enlist the support of IT professionals with a wide range of expertise.
2. Businesses that want to invest in equipment/hardware/software
Sixty-four percent of SMB leaders surveyed by CompTIA said that technology (including both hardware and software) is a key factor in reaching their business goals. Making the right decisions about what equipment and what cloud services to invest in is just the beginning. Setting up and monitoring these systems takes time and expertise.
Business leaders who want to get their hands dirty in the nitty-gritty of technology, and who enjoy the process of researching cloud options, software, and setting up new machines, probably don’t want to outsource their IT.
But if you’re interested in spending your time and energy in other areas where your talents lie, then outsourcing your IT is the better option. Managed IT service providers give recommendations based on your specific business needs. You don’t have to spend your time or money doing it yourself – your managed IT services team will do It for you.
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3. Businesses that are always up to date with the latest cybersecurity threats
A University of Maryland study found that there is one hack attempt every 39 seconds on average, resulting in a total of 2,244 attacks a day. Can your SMB defend against this high rate of attack?
Constantly monitoring your network to ensure that your data is safe is one key best practice to prevent a successful cyberattack, whether it’s phishing, malware or ransomware. If you have the time to stay on top of the latest threats – and then to adjust your infrastructure to respond to them – then you may not want to outsource your IT.
On the other hand, an outsourced IT team can stay current on the latest tactics used by hackers while monitoring your network. You won’t need to wonder if your business is secured against threats, or if one of your IT systems will go down all of a sudden because of hackers. A managed service provider will bring peace of mind by taking these worries off your plate.
Most MSPs will work to make sure your business is secure, and an expert MSP will take a proactive approach to resolve any potential security issues before they affect your business.
4. Businesses that view IT as just an expense that needs to be cut
Some business leaders think of IT as just another expense – and one they want to cut down as much as possible. Leaders who do not value IT as a pathway to growth will not benefit from outsourced IT services.
Three key advantages of outsourcing IT are the proactive planning, hands-on support and prowess of the expert IT team. Business leaders who don’t see how IT can help them grow long-term won’t benefit from a relationship with a managed IT services provider. However, many business leaders see how tech tools can help their business adapt and grow in new ways, focusing on the long-term.
Defend Your Business Against the Cyberthreats of 2022 with the Help of the Experts at VersaTrust
Outsourced IT can help your business by providing highly skilled talent, the right hardware and software, expert cybersecurity and long-term strategies to leverage IT for your growth. When you partner with the experts to manage your IT, you’ll gain peace of mind knowing that you have everything covered. It’s almost impossible to do everything on your own. Outsourced IT can help.