The average annual salary of a network engineer in Springfield, MO is $93,453, while the highest paid engineer gets as much as $165K a year. That’s not exactly pocket change for most small-medium-sized businesses. Do you have that much extra change sitting around in your personnel budget?
You know that I.T. has become fundamental to every aspect of operations. But how do you afford the type of technology and expertise that will actually make a positive impact on your efforts to grow your business?
Building a strong, reliable I.T. “department” is the first step, but rather than recruiting and hiring a single employee to install and maintain all your technology, you can save money by outsourcing your I.T. needs.
The Main Problem: Cost … Or Is It?
At the beginning of this article, we mentioned how much approximately a network engineer would cost you annually. Now, a single network engineer might not be able to cover all the work you need to have done, so you might need a couple. You’ll also need someone to troubleshoot and run the I.T. help desk, so that’s another ±$70K out of your pocket. Oh, and don’t forget the hardware! Only the best for your employees, right?
You get the idea: building an I.T. team and keeping up with technology changes and demands internally is expensive. Too expensive for many small businesses.
Thirty years ago—heck, even twenty years ago—many companies could get by without I.T., or with “off-the-rack” hardware and an “I.T. guy” who might not have been an expert but was just good enough not to mess anything up. Not today, though. In the modern world, any company not taking full advantage of technology is in danger of dying, or at the very least falling dangerously behind the competition.
Thirty years ago, Madonna sang, “We are living in a material world…” Well, the 2019 version of that song would go, “We are living in a technological world,” and we are all technological girls!
On the bright side, however, is that today, companies have the choice of outsourcing their networking needs by hiring a managed service provider (MSP). A managed service provider is a company that remotely manages a customer’s I.T. infrastructure and/or end-user systems, typically on a proactive basis and under a subscription model.
Or, in less fancy terms, MSPs take care of your I.T. while you go about taking care of your business.
The reason why outsourced I.T. providers are more affordable than in-house specialists is simple: economies of scale. MSPs are able to “employ” their network engineers and administrators at several companies at the same time (i.e., all of their clients), effectively reducing their costs manyfold.
You might be thinking: but how do they build and monitor my network from a remote location? How are they able to respond quickly if there is trouble with my I.T.—or even if there is just a small problem, like an employee needs to reset a password, or a new employee needs to be onboarded.
Well, whether your network is managed by someone in your office, elsewhere in Springfield, or on the other side of the country, the working principle remains the same: to begin a couple of I.T. people will come to your company and install hardware based on your unique challenges and requirements.
After that, employees of your MSP will monitor your network on an ongoing basis, catching problems and fixing them right as they occur, rather than waiting to react after an issue affects performance.
In addition, you’ll be assigned an account representative at your MSP, who will take charge of making sure that your I.T. needs are being met and will work with you to anticipate future needs (such as onboarding new employees as you grow) and make plans to keep your technology in tip-top shape.
Where’s the catch, then?
Well, quite frankly, there isn’t one. Outsourced C-level management services are becoming increasingly popular—probably simply due to the fact that people are slowly realizing such services are possible.
Tell a C-level executive of a major corporation 50 years ago that their CIO services could be outsourced, and you’d look crazy, but many MSPs even provide virtual CIO services.
It’s a new model for some, but the reward of having the worries of I.T. entirely off your plate is that it opens up more time for your business to focus on the everyday work you do that actually brings in revenue, helps you grow, and sets you on the path to achieve all your goals.
If you want to learn more about how managed I.T. services can save you money (and help you in many other ways as well), don’t be hesitant to reach out to us. We understand that only so much can be said in an article, and some of your questions might not have been answered here.