Ten advantages of IT outsourcing

  1. Cost control
    Outsourcing can convert IT costs into variable costs, enabling you to budget efficiently. In other words, you just pay for what you use when you need it.
  2. Reduce labour costs
    It can be very expensive to employ and train IT staff, and temporary employees do not always meet your expectations. Outsourcing allow you to focus your resources where you need them most.
  3. Access to expertise
    It is difficult to keep up all of the necessary IT competence inhouse. Make sure to supplement yourself with the expertise that your outsourcing partners have.
  4. Update your inhouse skills
    There are benefits to having regular new blood in an organisation for a second opinion on problems and challenges. Although your employees may be quite competent, there is a risk of eventually becoming blind to some of the problems in your own environment. It is stimulating for staff to have new influences from external parties.
  5. Increase efficiency and competitiveness
    Organisations that try to develop all of their IT services themselves often have higher development costs and a longer implementation time than an organisation that outsources certain parts.
  6. Quickly implement new technology
    An outsourced IT department often has the resources to start new projects immediately. It may take weeks or months to employ the right programmers, train them and give them the support they need when dealing with the same projects internally.
  7. Focus on your core business
    Companies have limited resources and each manager has limited time and attention. Outsourcing may help your company to stay focussed on your core business and not get distracted by complex IT decisions.
  8. Reduce risks
    There is a certain risk associated with any investment. Markets, competition, official provisions, financial conditions and technology change very quickly. Outsourcing providers assume and manage a lot of this risk for you, with specific industry knowledge, particularly as regards security and compliance. They are generally much better at deciding how to avoid risks in their areas of competence.
  9. Get a better gearing on your IT budget
    Most small companies cannot afford to match the internal support services maintained by larger companies. Outsourcing can help small companies to act ‘big’ by giving them access to similar technology and expertise as a large company.
  10. Security
    Have you checked whether your firewall has been updated? Do you have a DMZ installed? Do you audit your workstations and servers? Has your company implemented PCI security standards and worked to maintain these standards? The right partner can help you keep track of things of which you do not have full internal control.