4 signs you’ve outgrown your IT support provider
Does your IT support provider still meet your company’s needs? In this post, we explore 5 signs you may need more than they provide.
Time: 4 minute read
As your business has grown through the years, chances are that your needs from your IT support provider have grown in all areas as well, from finance and human resources, to sales, operations and technology.
In the area of computers and technology, you may have started with the help of a freelance expert, buying help as needed. Sometimes it’s the proverbial nephew or brother-in-law who is “good with computers.” Other times it’s a local one- or two-employee IT vendor who knew how to do what you needed, ie., set up an email server or back up files.
No matter how you got where you are, now you find that your business technology needs have grown. That old model isn’t working anymore. Yesterday’s IT support may have worked before smartphones, cloud computing, and remote workers but today you find yourself thinking you might need a much wider range of support expertise.
Here are five signs to help you determine if you have outgrown your existing IT provider.
Sign #3: You’re running out-of-date hardware or software
If your desktop or server software is old, approaching end-of-life, or getting support for any of it is hard, your IT vendor should be guiding you toward updated or even new software.
We often behave as if ‘no news is good news’ when it comes to computers. If things seem to be running well, then everybody’s happy. But the complexity and interconnectivity requirements of today’s computer software and systems demands regular attention to maintain secured operations.
With the prevalence of hacking attacks on small and medium-sized businesses, you can’t afford to have your systems go for any period of time without patches and software and security updates.
If your software typically remains until end-of-life or software and security updates do not happen regularly, that’s another sign.
Sign #4: Your old hardware is nearing obsolescence OR your vendor resists using cloud solutions
It might seem like these two should be unique signs. In reality, they are connected.
Not too long ago, it made sense to be cautious about using the cloud as a business technology. Today, those issues are solved.
In the case of security, for example, a reputable cloud vendor will likely have better security than most in-house or small IT vendor solutions.
Bandwidth is no longer a problem either. Many cloud applications run better than on-premise server-based applications. Plus, cloud applications require less hardware and employee time to manage and support.
Cloud hosted solutions today only need an internet connection. This makes them another ideal way to support remote and mobile workers, breaking down the traditional barrier of geography, making it possible for you to bring in top talent from anywhere in the world.
If your IT vendor is not actively moving some of your applications to the cloud, it’s a sign.
What to look for in a new IT provider
First, look at your goals. Consider these benefits of outsourcing your information technology:
Improve day-to-day and ongoing operations
Increase data protection and IT security
Improve business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities
Improve customer service
Enable your team to focus on business, not tech issues
Next, evaluate their services. Look at:
Can they scale with you as you grow?
Do they have planned updates to keep your technology up to date?
What does their support plan look like?
We’ve been helping businesses scale their technology and grow for decades. Have questions? Contact us and let’s see how we can help.
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