6 Signs it’s time to outsource your IT to an MSP

6 Signs it’s time to outsource your IT to an MSP

Given their limited resources, some small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) hesitate to hire a managed IT services provider (MSP) and instead try to manage their own IT infrastructures. However, doing so leads to the problems listed below, all of which are sure signs that it’s time to partner with an MSP.

1. You're struggling to recruit IT staff

The global IT talent shortage has been a problem for quite a while now. In the United States, specifically, 69% of employers had difficulty filling IT positions in 2020, up from 14% in 2010. This means employers have to compete for the very limited IT talent available, and SMBs are likely to lose out to larger enterprises that can provide more enticing job offers. Given this, outsourcing to an MSP may not only be the best option — it may be the only option available to you.

2. You’re having difficulty managing IT costs

IT costs can quickly go beyond budget or fluctuate wildly. An MSP can help you control your IT budget by suggesting cost-saving measures, such as optimizing existing hardware or moving some operations to the cloud.

An MSP can also provide you with flat-rate pricing models that are more predictable and cost-effective than break/fix contracts wherein clients are charged for each service call or system repair.

3. Your existing IT systems are inadequate or obsolete

Business growth is great, but it’s not without its challenges. If your business IT requirements are growing more quickly than your existing IT infrastructure can handle, then your inadequate IT resources may hold you back. Your employees may start complaining about their IT tools, which may leave them frustrated and negatively impact their productivity.

Given how rapidly technology evolves, IT systems can also easily become obsolete. Obsolete IT usually costs more to repair and maintain, is more susceptible to cyberattacks, and may be incompatible with newer tech.

Fortunately, an MSP has the expertise, staff, and resources needed to develop robust IT systems that meet all of your current needs, plus any future needs.

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4. You don’t have access to the latest technology

To keep up with your competitors, it’s important to invest in the latest tech solutions. But not all SMBs can afford to purchase cutting-edge tech outright. An MSP can provide you with access to the latest technologies without the upfront cost of buying it yourself, so you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank.

5. You don't have a comprehensive cybersecurity plan in place

It can often be difficult for SMBs to build the necessary cybersecurity processes and systems to effectively protect their data. An MSP can provide you with expert advice on how to build a robust cyber defense as well as perform regular checks to ensure that your business remains safe and secure.

Plus, with an MSP’s help, you can implement the latest security solutions, such as two-factor authentication, encryption, and advanced threat protection systems.

6. You don't have a disaster recovery plan

No matter how careful you may be, disasters can still strike and cause significant damage to your business. Without a disaster recovery plan in place, you’re at risk of losing data and experiencing operational disruptions.

An MSP can help you mitigate such risks by developing a comprehensive plan that will ensure your data and systems are backed up regularly and easily accessible in the event of a disaster.

If you’re experiencing any of the above signs, partner with an MSP like Founders Technology Group. With our help, you can ensure that your business is equipped with the latest technology and security solutions while staying within budget. Get in touch with us today.