March 5, 2015
How Your Business Can Save Thousands With Managed Services
Deciding whether or not to outsource any element of your business nearly
always, in the end, boils down to a question of costs. Whether that’s the cost of
your time, resources, staff or hard cash, the question is essentially the same –
will my business feel the benefits if I outsource a segment of its workload?
In an attempt to answer this with regards to managed services, there are many
things to bear in mind – so let’s take a look at what they are, and then we’ll delve
a little deeper into each item.
Where Can Savings Be Made With Managed Services?
1. Time: Outsourcing some or all of your IT work will inevitably free up
your time and your staff’s time to focus on more pressing business
matters – such as serving customers.
2. Resources: You can immediately cut down on the volume of in‐house
hardware that you will have to run, maintain, update and upscale as your
3. Money: Instead of employing a full time IT person or team, if you
outsource this can prove to be a vital money‐saver, especially for SMEs
running on tight margins. You will also negate the need at the outset to set
yourself up with lots of expensive hardware.
4. Downtime: If your network goes down or your computers start to
operate slowly, then you’re losing money every second. With the
expertise of managed services, your hired help will be able to spot any
potential hiccups in advance and prevent any problems before they occur.
Ok, so those are the 4 main areas where you can make significant savings with
managed services. But, let’s delve a little deeper into each point so you know
exactly where your savings are coming from.
Saving Money With Managed Services
It’s the way of the world today that, even if you’re a dedicated hardware store,
technology will be the backbone of your company. It’s where you will be keeping
all your customer files, your receipts, your order forms, invoices, payroll and all
the rest. Put simply, there is a lot of valuable information that you will have
stored on your computer system, and that system will need to be maintained.
As your business grows, so does the IT job in hand. All business owners are
budget conscious – they have to be; we all know how tough it is out there. And
so, for many SMEs, it simply isn’t possible for you or for your staff to be
constantly ‘out the back’ working on computer maintenance when you all should
be doing your utmost to promote and protect your business and bring on new
clients. But, if you offload this time‐consuming work to expert professionals, not
only can you rest assured that everything will be handled a lot more securely and
routinely than perhaps you have the qualifications for yourself (you’re a
business person, not a computer hacker, right?), then you will save yourself
ample time to do the most important thing of all – grow your business.
By getting into managed services what you will probably be doing is getting into
cloud computing as well. If you’re just starting up your business, then you will
need a lot of hardware just to get off the ground – phone systems, a datacenter,
computers possibly by the dozen with software for the lot of them.
Stop right there. That bill is getting far too high already. Instead of storing all of
these things in‐house, then you can turn to managed services who can utilize
cloud technology at an affordable rate to take care of all of this for you. From
VoIP systems to cloud storage and software – managed services can find your
business the right solution that will be cost effective and scalable, as well as
managing all of the risk and overseeing all of the maintenance for you. It’s a
smart move for a smart SME.
If you want to hire your own in‐house IT team, then the chances are that,
although they might very well be reasonably versed in some aspects of
technology, it will be nothing compared to the expertise that you will be able to
access by going with the dedicated IT and tech aficionados that make up a
managed services team.
Managed service providers live for technology. They are always up to date with
all the latest malware threats and take pride in staying ahead of them. Managed
services can either supplement your in‐house IT team, or serve as the whole
team themselves if that better suits your budget.
Every time your business goes offline, you’re leaking money, and that is
unacceptable. You won’t necessarily have the time or even the expertise to
preempt a problem or a malware strike before it actually occurs – but your
managed services team will.
They will routinely scan your network and all of your computers to ensure that
they are completely free from viruses, malware, spyware, and are always
operating at their full capacity. This means that your business will always be
fully functioning, up to date and up to speed for all of your clients.
Are you thinking about managed services? Get in touch with us here at V&C
Solutions, and we’ll find the right the right package for you.