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Benefits of Managed SD-WAN

In an era where businesses are experiencing rapid levels of growth, combined with increased dependency on technology and IT infrastructure, it is imperative that both large and small companies stay ahead of the curve. Failure to do so may result in some businesses falling behind the pack. While large businesses have the capacity to adopt and develop in-house teams that can effectively manage their information technology needs, many small businesses do not have the same capacity and capital needed to maintain the same and rely on managed IT services.

Fortunately for such companies, third-party service providers, like Spooster are readily available to provide managed IT services that meet their business’ needs. Outsourcing IT services to expert providers comes with many benefits and in this blog piece, we provide you with four key benefits that we have identified. Let’s dive in.

Implement the latest technology faster

As we highlighted earlier, in-housing IT services means making hefty upfront investments that you would ideally not want to make again for a while – especially if you are a small business. However, the reality is that technology is exponentially evolving every single day and what you implemented a few months ago, may not meet the standards of your larger competitor’s IT infrastructure today. Having already made a significant investment, adjusting accordingly can be very difficult.

By outsourcing to the right IT service provider, your business would have access to start new projects and implementations immediately – keep in mind that many of these providers regularly update your infrastructure as a part of their service. If you were to attempt to do the same thing in-house, you would need to invest in more equipment, hire new staff, train them, and provide other expensive support and solutions that would result in a further delay of implementation and higher costs. For most implementations, the right managed IT services provider will come equipped with skilled staff and years of experience in the field.

Be competitive

The beauty of the modern business world is that both big and small businesses can compete on the same field – although the smaller entities would have to make the right adjustments to remain competitive. If you are a small business, matching your larger competitor’s IT infrastructure investments with an in-house team will not take you very far. For every dollar that you spend, they could spend a thousand more. Therefore, staying lean, agile, and moving forward with the right outsourced expertise is the way to go.

Outsourcing empowers small businesses to act “big” by giving them access to the similar technology, and expertise those large companies have access to. The right IT service provider can give even the smallest of companies a competitive advantage – if implemented correctly.

A good example of a managed IT service that is currently being implemented by businesses around the world are software-defined wide area networks (SD-WAN). These networks allow businesses access to a network that is faster than ordinary internet connections, yet far more affordable than other corporate solutions like Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS). One of the fundamental benefits behind SD-WAN is that it substitutes WAN hardware like routers, which can reduce overall WAN costs by up to 90%.

Simplify IT Staff

Hiring and training your IT staff can be a very expensive and arduous process. Given the level of skill required, combined with the constantly evolving field, finding the right people that can effectively meet your business’ needs can be very tough. Retention is also a point of concern given that small organisations with in-house IT teams depend on a handful of people and when one or more leave the business, the impact on IT infrastructure can be crippling. Outsourcing your IT services to a provider will take this burden off you and let your HR team focus on hiring people where they are really needed.

Additionally, finding the right person for an IT-related job is a lot more complex than hiring any other employee. While technical qualifications on paper are a decent indicator of competency, experience is also key. If you are not an expert in IT, how would you be able to determine the skill-level and fit of a prospective employee? Outsourcing this would alleviate your problem.

Reduce IT Costs

Any business’ core objectives are to provide their customers with the best service possible, while maintaining a strong bottom line by reducing costs and increasing revenue. IT infrastructure can be one of the most expensive investments that a company would have to make, given that these costs include a hardware, software, and personnel investment – both one-time and recurring costs. This equipment and software does not come cheap and with the pace at which technology is being updated, the overall value of this tech will depreciate rapidly.

Outsourcing IT services to a supplier would instantly transform what would be a fixed IT cost into variable costs that allow you to allocate money in a way that you only pay for precisely what you need, when you need it – nothing more, nothing less. Contact us>