Are you in need of Managed IT support, or should you stick with your internal IT staff? Read on to discover 5 key reasons why you should hire a Managed IT Provider.

Many businesses start out by handling various aspects of their operations in-house, including accounting, marketing, human resources, and IT. However, once you’ve grown to a certain size, you’re likely to start thinking about outsourcing at least a few of these operations.

Why? It’s all about value. When you’re hiring in-house, it’s often less expensive in the beginning. As time goes on, you start to notice the many costs that come along with hiring someone who doesn’t come with a range of skill-sets and in-depth experience.

Making any big change in your business can be a difficult step; but before you decide to stick with what you have, answer this one question – what happens when your in-house IT support person was out sick or on vacation, and you couldn’t get something fixed when you needed it?

Do you wait until he gets back to figure out what’s going on? If you do…

  • You can’t work,
  • You miss deadlines,
  • Your customers are angry and may go to the competition, and
  • You’re bleeding revenue by the minute.

That’s why it can be so valuable to have outsourced IT support on standby for support requests, proactively monitoring your systems, and assisting with projects when they come up.

What’s more, there are other ways your internal IT staff costs you:

  • Employee Expenses: An in-house IT technician can cost $50k annually or more. To be effective, IT service and support requires up-to-date skills and expertise. The bottom line is that a worthwhile IT technician will be expensive to hire.
  • Benefits, Sick Leave, Vacation Costs: There are additional expenses on top of a salary to consider. For example, holidays, and coverage while your IT technician is away. When you consider all of this, just one IT technician can cost you even more.
  • Management Expenses: While your business may be profitable, management probably doesn’t want to devote their time to overseeing IT. Do you even know if your IT staff are doing their jobs adequately? How can you unless you stay up to date with today’s technology needs?

5 Reasons To Hire A Managed IT Provider

While it’s clear that managing an in-house IT staff can be challenging, what’s so much better about working with a Managed IT Provider?

  1. Reduced IT Costs: Businesses that choose to outsource can convert unplanned IT expenses to fixed, predictable ones. This frees up capital for other aspects of your business.
  2. Hiring A Company, Not A Person: An in-house staff is subject to business hours, requires full salaries, benefits, and vacation pay, and will undoubtedly call in sick from time to time. By outsourcing your IT department, you leave the managing, training, payment, and other variables that come with actual employees to someone else.
  3. Confident Security: Security is one of the most important aspects of technology. While technology evolves and data expands, the number of ways your IT network can be compromised increases. Your Managed IT Provider can advise you on the credentials of vendors, and conduct ongoing risk assessments to identify network vulnerabilities.
  4. Regulatory Requirements: Many businesses require secure technology so they can meet compliance and regulatory standards. Your Managed IT Provider will know how to mitigate data risks and breaches, secure your confidential data, and use cost-effective technologies to do this so you comply with regulations.
  5. Scalability and Adaptability: As your business grows, your IT needs grow as well. Keep in mind that new service offerings often come with significant upgrades or new software programs. Your Managed IT Provider can provide the flexibility you need to change your products/services or add new ones when required.

Make Blue Star Your Managed IT Provider

Blue Star offers a comprehensive suite of enterprise-level Managed IT Services to meet the specific needs of your business. Our team is dedicated to ensuring you’re always leveraging the power of the most effective tools for your success.

Our team of will proactively monitor your IT system to ensure it runs at peak performance and will detect issues before they become major problems. We will monitor and maintain your system silently in the background as you work, both day and night, so your business stays up and running no matter what.

With Blue Star as your Managed IT Provider, you will always pay the same fixed monthly fee – no more surprise IT expenses. If you do need additional solutions beyond the monthly service, we will sit down with you and help you plan for them in a way that meets your budget, both short and long-term.

Make the switch today – Blue Star will be your dependable Managed IT Provider. For more information about our services, contact us right away at (574) 975-0767 or info@bluestarpro.com.

Published on 9th June 2018 by Jon Morningstar

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