If IT is in the same category as gas and electric in your operations budget, you might be overlooking the many ways IT can actually add value to your bottom line.
1. Reduced costs.
Preventive maintenance is one of the biggest returns on investment with managed IT. Expert engineers monitor your systems to make sure everything is running smoothly, and because they keep a close eye on things, they can swiftly fix a problem, and do so before the issue develops into a disaster.
Now, you may be thinking, “I’ll just pay for technology services when I need them, a/k/a something goes wrong.” This is a rational line of thinking, but candidly speaking, it’s foolish.
Think about it like a car. If you change the oil regularly, you’re dramatically less likely to end up stranded on the roadside with a dead engine.
And like a dead engine is to regular oil changes, a down IT system is way more costly than an IT services contract. Being MIA, even for an hour or less, can cost a pretty penny. According to a study by CCB Technology, a Wisconsin-based technology company, the average U.S. business loses a staggering $12,500 for every hour it’s down.
In case you missed it the first time: $12,500…gone….every hour!
On top of this, the same study found that a malware infection (e.g. a virus, spyware, ransomware, etc.), costs on average, $38,000 to cure.
These amounts aren’t chump change, folks, even for larger business. So, it behooves all companies to shift from a break-fix mentality to a preventive strategy mindset regarding IT services
2. Boosted productivity.
Properly managing information technology systems is time-consuming and complicated, especially if you’re not an engineer or computer expert. Letting a reputable company manage your IT lessens the administrative tasks on your plate, and frees you up to do the things that matter most. Instead of say, checking for malware, you could be polishing a business proposal, signing a new client or cleaning out your inbox (the latter sounds only slightly less tedious than scanning for malware, to be fair, but nevertheless, more important to your career).
3. It makes you stand out from the competition.
One of the few things that sets competing businesses apart is exceptional customer service. You might not realize it, but technology systems have a direct impact on the quality of service you provide. An efficient IT system allows you to be more productive and more responsive to customers.
4. It manages projects for you.
As your business grows, you inevitably take on more projects. More work is great, but it also means you need more hands on deck to get everything done. Adding more staff means installing more computers and the exhausting configuring of cables, syncing networks and more. It sounds overwhelming, but IT companies do this everyday. We’ll take care of the setup and let you focus on the meat-and-potatoes work of hiring and training new employees.
5.You’ll get better deals on hardware.
IT companies have friends in the biz and know where to look for the best hardware and equipment. They’ll know if a piece of hardware is good, bad, or ugly, and they’ll have a better chance at successfully negotiating prices without compromising on quality.
Want to know more?
To discover more ways IT services could enhance your business specifically, contact ECS today.