Every business will rely on effective IT to keep their business operating smoothly, no matter what industry they may be in. Whilst some choose to keep this function in-house, others outsource their IT to third-party specialists.
Many don’t have the resources available in-house to dedicate an IT team to, and over the years we have seen businesses struggle without any set IT procedures in place, which can have a tremendous impact on how efficiently a business can run.
If you do not have the support of an IT department (whether in-house or outsourced), it may be time to consider one, but how will you know when the right time is? To help make your decision easier, we have compiled our list of the top five signs to look out for, that show you are ready for managed IT services.
When IT issues go unresolved, they can cause substantial periods of downtime for a business. If this continues for prolonged periods of time, a business runs the risk of losing clients, impacting cash flow and could even put the survival of the company in jeopardy.
Decrease in efficiency
IT will play a huge role in the efficiency of a business. Whether this includes software or hardware, the right IT will improve efficiencies for your team by making it easier to access documents, improving and streamlining processes and much more. Ineffective IT will, over time, lead to a decrease in how efficiently you are able to carry out work.Knowing your business’ cyber risk and taking all necessary precautions to keep this to a minimum is crucial. The threat of cyber-attack will affect businesses of all sizes, across all locations and industries, therefore you must ensure that you have the expert knowledge at hand to bring your IT up to the standard it needs to be to be adequately protected.
You don’t have a disaster recovery plan
The statistics with regards to disaster recovery are sobering. According to data, 97% of businesses without a plan in place, that suffer a data disaster will fail within a year. 96% of companies with a plan, that experience a similar disaster, are able to survive. If your business does not have a disaster recovery plan, it is vital that you partner with an experienced IT specialist to produce, implement and test the ideal plan.
Your IT does not have the capacity for your staff
Growing businesses will of course require more staff, and therefore your IT must be able to handle this additional capacity. Scaling your IT up or down in line with your business is something that every IT professional with be able to support you with, particularly if you are seeking the most cost-effective way to do so.
Is your business ready for managed IT services? Contact the team at MWL Systems today to discuss your requirements and find out why we would be the ideal IT partner.