The IT Secret of Successful SMEs
One person or a small team undertaking all aspects of the business – sales, marketing, finance, HR, IT…
Soon, the business grows – new customers, more staff - yet in many instances, the “founding members” continue to take a hands-on approach to these business-critical functions.
As the business progresses, one of three things may happen:
1 – Certain business functions do not receive the attention they deserve to benefit the business as a whole. This could be due to a lack of time, a lack of skill or a lack of experience. Either way, the business can suffer if the situation is not resolved.
2 – Business functions become more and more time consuming as the business gets bigger. What once was a relatively quick job is now taking much longer to complete properly resulting in long hours and overall inefficiency.
3 – You realise that trying to do everything in-house is not only a waste of time and resource, but it may also actually be damaging. Being “in the business” does not give you time to be “on the business” and thinking strategically.
Many SME’s find themselves plodding along for months sometimes years before the realisation sets in that they need to change. The proactive SMEs however, are the ones who realise early on when they need help to manage and maintain certain day to day operations and decide to outsource.
While outsourcing can sometimes be seen as expensive, in reality, the truth is often the opposite, and you have access to experts at a relatively small cost when compared to trying to recruit people yourself.
Take IT for example; the needs of a start-up business employing three people are certainly different to the needs of an SME employing thirty people, yet many businesses will still try to manage the IT function “in-house”.
This works well for relatively quick operations such as changing printer ink, updating simple software or setting up new users but what happens if there is a time-consuming problem such as a server malfunction, a backup failure or a security breach?
An IT problem that cannot be easily fixed may lead to hours or days of disruption and depending on the issue, could cost you a significant amount of money.
If, however, you have aligned yourself with an IT Support company, issues such as these are rectified by simply contacting them. Many issues can be completely avoided, particularly if a proactive approach is taken and your computer systems are monitored. Problems can then be addressed before they become issues and very often downtime can be completely prevented without you even realising there was a problem in the first instance.
At Pisys.net for example, we fix 97% of IT problems through our remote helpdesk.
Many common problems that may take a business hours to solve themselves are fixed in minutes. We also have a team of field-based engineers who will visit your business to resolve the issue in person if our helpdesk can’t. We also provide temporary hardware replacements, so if a PC, laptop or another piece of equipment needs to be taken away to be repaired, you will still be able to work.
Companies of all industries and sizes are quickly discovering the benefits of outsourcing IT services to third-party providers. And here’s the simple reason – by removing the in-house responsibility for IT services, business owners and staff can enjoy having more time and resources for other projects while leaving the tech issues to experienced experts.
IT management can also improve efficiency by making the delivery of services faster and more succinct. Think about how your business could instantly benefit from increased computer speed, access to the latest developments in technology and so much more.
And of course, we can’t forget that IT management is even more important today, as companies turn to cloud-based applications and solutions, connecting all departments with integrated technology.
The bottom line?
Managing IT can be a major headache and rob you of time spent working on your business rather than in it, however, the successful secret SMEs know is to outsource the IT function.