Three Signs it’s Time to Outsource Your IT
by Tom Lenderman
Suddenly, You Have a New Job Description
We presume you didn’t start your business to untangle IT messes every day or create a technology strategy that requires you to learn all the latest and greatest products. If working on IT is taking you away from spending time on what you do best, it’s time to consider outsourcing your IT. Outsourcing technology means your business stays focused on practicing what you do best while an external team focuses on what they do best. It’s a win-win.
Your Current IT Is Slowing You Down
Email down again? Website crashing? Not equipped to work remotely? Properly functioning IT is easy to take for granted. It’s not until it starts slowing you down and working against you that it becomes evident how critical it is to your business. If you’re finding yourself fighting hardware, software or security threats so often that it’s disrupting your ability to complete day-to-day operations, it’s time to consider outsourcing your IT. After all – technology is supposed to help us become more efficient and make us more productive. Is yours working for or against you?
Your IT Employees are Overloaded
Having an internal employee or small team dedicated to IT is valuable to your business in so many ways. However, it’s not always reasonable to expect one or two people to carry the burden of an entire IT infrastructure, both managing the day-to-day needs and proactively looking toward the future.
If your in-house IT team is at full capacity, consider the option of augmenting your IT team before adding additional IT employees. When you outsource some of your IT, you’ll benefit from the perspective, skills and knowledge of multiple IT professionals. Not only does this offer additional capacity to your team, but it also provides a depth of experience that your internal team may not have (and relieve them of having to learn it from scratch). Lastly, you’ll no longer have to rely on one employee with all the knowledge to make sure your IT needs are met, minimizing risk for your business.
Outsourcing your IT doesn’t necessarily mean you need to part ways with your in-house IT team. In fact, keeping your existing IT team in place can be a great benefit when paired with the extra horsepower of outsourcing. A great outsourcing provider will work collaboratively alongside you – whether that means you want to keep your existing IT team members or commit to a more comprehensive outsourcing solution.
Our Approach to Outsourced IT
Our Technology Support team uses our own proven approach and best practices to offer practical IT solutions for your business. We want to not only provide secure and reliable technology, but also to create more time for what you do best — run your business. Whether you’re looking for a full-scope provider or experienced advisors to support your existing in-house technology team, we have a customized solution to meet your need.
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Chief Technology Officer
Tom Lenderman joined Larson Gross in 2004 and has more than 30 years of experience working in IT. He leads the firm’s Outsourced Technology Services, providing clients with onsite and remote technology solutions.