Even though many businesses have already set their budgets for the 2016 calendar year, a lot of them still have a lot of wiggle room in the first month or so. For IT budgets, most companies will have allocated funding for equipment, software upgrades, and operating services. However the standard model of IT support and servicing through an in-house IT team is a major drain on company resources. Moving over to a managed IT services model is a great way to optimize annual budgets.
Here are a few reasons how the managed IT services model helps businesses optimize their budgets and can bring in some major cost savings in 2016.
Budget for a Monthly Service Fee
With the managed IT services model, businesses receive fully managed IT service and support. The service provider will handle most items an internal IT department is responsible for. These tasks include server and desktop management, software management, help desk support, and IT vendor management. Unlike an in-house IT department which requires budgeting for employee salaries, employee benefits, retirement plans, and taxes and insurance – a managed IT service provider is paid a set-monthly fee.
With an in-house team, costs for operation can vary month-to-month. Whereas with a managed IT services provider, the monthly rate can be set in advanced and budgeted for over the course of the year.
Expert Recommendations for IT Infrastructure Upgrades
Does your company need an IT overhaul? Are you looking to switch email providers? Are you running older servers that eat a lot of energy (electricity) and require a significant investment in cooling costs? A managed IT services provider can assist with expert recommendations for making improvements to your company’s IT environments. Your IT provider can help you find hardware, software, and services that best meet your business’s unique needs that are also cost effective. With the right recommendations, your company could end up saving money each month while optimizing its IT operations (which in turn help to streamline business operations).
Assistance with Cloud Migrations
In addition to providing recommendations for making improvements to your in-house IT infrastructure, a managed IT services provider can help you make the transition to the cloud. Whether you move completely to the cloud through a cloud provider such as Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services, virtualize servers in-house for a public cloud, or move portions off-site through a hybrid deployment – your IT services provider can help with the transition. Why make the move to the cloud? The cloud is incredibly cost effective, provides enterprise level computing power for a fraction of the cost, and is scalable; so you only pay for what you need, when you need it.
A managed IT services provider can help you find the right cloud configuration (public, private, or hybrid) for your company. Additionally they can help you create a plan of action to make the migration to the cloud with minimal impact on your day-to-day operations. As your IT provider is a “managed” IT provider – they are then responsible for monitoring and maintaining your cloud -+and/or in-house systems to make sure they are operating smoothly and efficiently.