No matter what sector you are in, IT is an engine of business today – most businesses quite simply can’t do without IT to be competitive. But the unavoidable focus on revenue and profit means IT always needs to demonstrate quick ROI, and – with the cost-burden of keeping the lights on – doesn’t have the luxury of time and money for discovery and innovation.
Today’s economic climate is especially challenging for SMBs facing a “triple whammy” of an increasingly difficult regulatory environment, exponentially accelerating technology advances, and a shortage of trained and talented IT staff. This means more look to managed services to enable them to focus staff time and efforts on their core business, using external providers to deliver their IT cost-effectively and securely.
Above all, the twin drivers of cost and efficiency are driving business operations. One area of cost savings is access to more advanced technology than would be available otherwise. The costs associated with deploying your own systems can be significant, so most businesses choose not to self-deploy.