Small and medium-sized businesses often struggle in making good use of IT and other technological advances. Additionally, just trying to keep up with what is happening can be just as difficult as making use of new ideas. Furthermore, when it is possible to keep up, making the right decision could prove costly; but how can this be prevented?
Creating a dedicated IT department is probably the traditional way of doing things but these days, especially with the advent of cloud and cloud computing, keeping everything internal may not be the best option.
Another option is to outsource or request advice and assistance from an IT consultancy firm such as iCorps Technologies. In fact there many benefits to doing so, five of which are briefly discussed below.
1. More Time for Business
Perhaps the biggest benefit is that using an outside agency gives business owners and staff more time to focus on the core functions of the business. This could be thinking about new revenue-generating ideas or just improving efficiency.
2. Technological Resources
Outside consultants come to a business with a different technological perspective. This means that the business itself could tap into resources not readily accessible. In other words, IT consultants have expert knowledge about what works and more importantly, what does not work.
Interestingly, outsourcing can, and often does, cut costs. Now that might seem strange, but research has found SMBs spend between 25% and 50% percent less than employing an individual to do the same job.
4. Expert Knowledge
Using an outside agency makes use of highly specialized talent. Doing it internally could be costly and inefficient.
5. Better Change Management
Finally, outsourcing can help manage change more effectively.