Managed Services Help Stabilize Your IT Budget
Let me ask you a question. How much have you spent on IT in the past 12 months?
If your total IT spending over the past year makes you a little uneasy, it might be because of unexpected IT expenses. Maybe your oldest computer finally gave up the ghost and you had to invest in new hardware and software. Maybe a disaster required you to purchase new equipment, new infrastructure, and/or new software. Maybe your company’s strategic goals changed partway through the year and you found yourself investing in new equipment. Maybe your company moved to a new location, hired new staff members, or earned a lot of new business.
Spending money on IT expenses rarely feels good, even if it’s a result of adding staff because of increased business. How do you make sure you have the right amount allocated to IT for unforeseen emergencies or rapid staff growth?
When IT expenses are low, it’s easy to be lulled into thinking that your expenditures will always be manageable. But what happens when one of your workstations goes down? What happens when you’re faced with an unplanned software upgrade? Such IT emergencies can cause expenses to get out of hand quickly. And these problems will affect your company productivity.
Many businesses are in the habit of engaging with an IT company only when something breaks. They operate with older equipment with a varying degree of standardization. They hope they won’t need to change or upgrade anything for a long time. And when something breaks they choose to pay large expenses as they occur. The unevenness of such expenses can feel very much like feast or famine, especially for those businesses that rely heavily on their monthly cash flow. If this has been your approach to IT, you’ve been missing out on the best way to assure your IT operates smoothly: managed services.
Managed Services for the Win
The next time your hand pauses over the signature line of a very large IT expenditure check, remember this: there is a better way to budget for IT.
Managed Service Providers (MSPs) help you to keep your IT infrastructure running smoothly each month while allowing you to establish a consistent budgetary expense. Their guidance and expertise can help you to plan for the expense of necessary upgrades, anticipate issues before they arise, and move you away from the break/fix mentality that can sometimes hamstring your cash flow.
With the services of your MSP, your business will see:
- Increased staff productivity
- Increased infrastructure reliability
- Better security
- Better compliance
- A proactive approach to maintenance
- Improved return on investment
- Consistent expenses
- Fewer surprise expenses
If you already employ IT staff, it may seem redundant to use an MSP for your IT needs. But if your IT staff could move away from help desk responsibilities or ongoing server maintenance, would that make them more productive? Would they be able to work on revenue-generating projects instead?
MSPs and Your Small Business Cash Flow
When it comes to your business budget, IT is more than just a line item expense – it’s the lifeblood of your company. The productivity of your company depends upon the smooth operation of your IT.
Predicting the year in IT sometimes seems like a job for a seer with a crystal ball. You never really know what kinds of issues your business will face. Expenses can be small some months and significant in others. Your MSP can help smooth out the peaks and valleys of IT cash outflow and allow you to plan for events such as upgrades and equipment purchases.
Hiring an MSP for your IT might seem like an additional expense, but I would argue that it’s actually a cost-saving measure in the long run. If you’re ready to balance your company’s IT budget, improve your infrastructure, and increase employee productivity, a Managed Services Provider like Lieberman Technologies can help you do all of this and more.
Let’s have a conversation about your IT needs before your budget takes another hit.