When a solution has multiple moving parts, as they often do, it can be challenging to know what to expect next--let alone what to research. For this reason, we're breaking down one such solution--managed IT services--and focusing on individual elements of its implementation. Today, we'll look specifically at costs and what managed IT means for your company's budget.
Managed IT Services and Your Tech Budget
The ruling concept behind managed IT services is to simplify your on-site processes by outsourcing IT troubleshooting, monitoring, and more. However, simplification doesn't always lead to cost savings, so it makes sense to carefully research this particular element.
Here's a look at how managed IT services influence and interacts with your company's budget:
- The cost of on-site staff
On-site staff, while often a benefit to your IT environment, also come with certain costs--like salaries and benefits. Reducing or even completely eliminating the need for on-site IT experts can help make your budget easier to manage.
- Reliable prices
One valuable element of managed IT services is its reliable cost. Once you've negotiated a price, you'll be able to subtract that price from your budget for complete transparency, rather than having to guess at charges related to repairs, maintenance, installation, and more.
- Service complexity
Managed IT services can take many forms. It's up to you to customize this service and choose the options best suited for your needs; however, the more services you choose, the more influences there will be on your budget overall. (Note that more services don't always equate to higher costs, as some are focused specifically on saving money.)
- IT environment
Different IT environments have different needs; thus, each company should expect slightly different results when it comes to costs and savings. A managed IT provider should analyze your IT environment and take multiple things into consideration--including the amount of data, number of devices and servers, number of users, and more--when providing a quote.
There's plenty to consider when it comes to managed IT services--so much that it's often helpful to break the process into smaller pieces. Budget considerations are, of course, a significant area of focus; when researching, remember to take all elements into account--both the cost of managed IT services and the ways in which it saves money.
Contact us today to learn more about what to expect from managed IT services.