This offers further evidence that many businesses are now willing to take a more ‘hands off’ approach in order to take advantage of the latest technologies. While undoubtedly a tough decision to make, outsourcing often provides SMEs with access to solutions that they would not otherwise be able to afford, giving them greater flexibility and helping them to make efficiency savings by utilising technologies such as cloud computing and virtualisation.
Value of IT estate
Some may see this hands off approach as a sign that a company is not recognising the value of its IT estate, but quite the opposite is true – by taking critical business systems off-premise, business leaders are recognising an opportunity to strengthen their network and place the company ahead of the competition.
No business sets out to waste money but larger organisations can afford to take a bit of a chance on the latest IT solutions, safe in the knowledge that they can bring in alternatives if things don’t go to plan. This risk is just too great for the majority of SMEs, where a wrong decision may limit the opportunities for further expansion and even threaten future operations.
The pace of change within the IT sector means that new technologies and industry buzzwords arrive on the scene on an almost weekly basis, separating the hype from those with the potential to make a sustained impact over the coming years can be highly stressful for IT managers. Outsourcing eliminates a huge portion of the risk, not only offering flexibility and access to business boosting solutions but also freeing up in-house personnel to get on with other projects.
An estimated 18,600 UK SMEs have learnt to let go by taking the decision to outsource, don’t be surprised if that figure continues to rise over the coming years.