Why Outsource IT Services?
This is the single most asked question. Unfortunately, there are
no simple answers. Every business has its own needs when it
comes to computer networks. There ARE a few questions that you
can ask about your organization. Your answers to these questions
will lead you to a decision:
Does my network ever
have problems that my staff cannot fix?
Is my network
necessary to the profitability of my business?
When a problem
occurs does my company lose money until it is resolved?
Can I afford to hire
a full time IT person to maintain my network?
Would it be worth my
time and money to invest in preventative maintenance?
Could your company survive if you lost all your network data
Like most technology, computer networks
are a complicated tool, to work at their peak efficiency they
need to be maintained. Many companies adopt the "if it isn't
broke, why fix it?" philosophy. For those companies, after
the installation, their computer network is never touched again,
until it stops functioning properly. Unfortunately, sometimes
that's just too late. Computer IT companies regularly get calls
from panicked business owners whose networks have just crashed.
After diagnosing the problem, sometimes the data is
unrecoverable. Unrecoverable data is just that, UNRECOVERABLE.
Regardless of how much money business owners are willing to pay
they are never going to get their financial, customer, or
inventory information back, ever. Starting from scratch is a
today's technical marketplace, trained IT professionals are out
of reach for most small to mid size companies. These companies
are flying without a net. Can you afford this gamble?
The choices available to these
companies are simple:
Let the employee
that "knows about computers" do the work.
Hire a full time IT
Professional to maintain your system.
Call for emergency
service when your system is down to schedule a repair.
Don't do anything
and maybe the problem will go away by itself.
Contract with an
established service provider to BE your IT professionals
contracting with a service provider, you are essentially hiring
a team of fully certified IS Professionals to maintain your
network. Similar to a full time employee, your service provider
will become a proactive part of your network system. PROACTIVE
is the key. 99% of fatal network errors could be easily avoided
if caught and treated early. Calling a company to fix your
problem may get you back up and running today, but what about
tomorrow? Be sure that your company of choice staffs a team of
multiple, certified engineers and technicians. Hiring a company
that sends a high school senior who "Knows about computers" is a
tremendous waste of your company's money. Choose a company who
is certified with the Developer of your network software and
workstation operating system. Don't settle for anything less
than an MCSE or CNE certified engineer.
Your company's data is a valuable commodity that should be
protected. Professional advanced system planning is the key to a
smoothly running system with plenty of room for growth.
None of these suggestions and/or product names where endorsed by
the manufacturer listed above. The opinion expressed here is an
independent suggestion to handling the above mentioned question.