Typically when the term outsourcing comes up in conversation, members of IT departments all over the world quietly clench their fists and raise their eyebrows – they likely associate outsourcing IT needs with the fear that their jobs will be going the way of the Dodo (as Peter Cartier would say).
This fear, however, is not backed by facts, and, in reality, the opposite is true. Outsourcing certain IT responsibilities can actually help (not hurt) your internal IT team.
And while your skepticism may be common, I offer you five clear reasons why your IT department will actually love coming to work post-outsourcing.
How Outsourcing IT Needs Actually Empowers Your IT Team:
1. More time for fun projects
No one wants to spend each and every day completing mundane tasks. People would rather achieve that sense of fulfillment in the workplace that comes from using your skills to the fullest and to the benefit of the company. When your IT department isn’t spending all their time focused on tasks that aren’t within their particular skill-set, they are able to work on bigger projects that can have large positive impacts on the company.
2. Save on expenses
Outsourcing typically lowers operational expenses and can remove the IT burden of maintenance, support and upkeep. Outsourcing technologies, for instance, will save your business a lot of time and equipment costs. Those labor costs are built into the outsourcing rate and tend to have a big impact on your bottom line.
3. Opportunity to develop skills
This goes along with the last bullet, outsourcing certain tasks or technologies frees up time for employees to further develop their skills which can, in turn, increase productivity at the company. In addition, investing in the development of current employee’s skills costs less for a company than the hiring and training process for a new employee. Investing in employees keeps them happy and increases the likelihood that they will stay at the company.
4. Keeps your company competitive
We all know that to stay competitive, in any market, it is important to stay at the forefront of your industry – and this includes using the latest technology. By outsourcing these time consuming projects, the IT department and the whole company will be able to reap the benefits of the new technology more quickly than if the in-house team put aside all other projects to implement it.
5. Won’t let a disaster keep you down
By outsourcing your disaster recovery planning and implementation, you and your employees can focus on your work rather than worrying about keeping the required day-to-day business processes running properly. In the even of a disaster, you want your employees to focus on staying safe without the fear or worry of losing their job due to systems being down.
Outsourcing is a great opportunity for IT departments in a lot of different ways, but as always, it requires a good amount of research to find the right outsourcing solution for your business. When you can leverage the benefits and cost savings of outsourcing and further your IT’s ability to innovate, you can expect to see great things for your business in the near future.