When Should You Outsource Your IT?

Information technology (IT) is a critical function for any business, no matter the sector. All leaders must ensure that their technology is up to date, their networks are efficient, their systems are secure and much more. 

Some companies, particularly larger corporations and organizations, have full-time, in-house IT services. Others elect to outsource them to an outside, third-party provider like BairesDev, a software development and information technology company based in Argentina. How do you know when it’s the right decision to outsource your IT services? Here are some signs that you should take the plunge.

 

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IT Is Eating Up Your Time

If IT issues keep cropping up, they will take away the business leader’s time from other company functions. These functions, of course, are different depending on the industry and specific company priorities, but no matter what, the fact remains that IT problems will interfere.

An IT outsourcing partner will take all technology-related tasks off of the company and every department’s place to keep operations running smoothly. They will be responsible for setting up programs and equipment, troubleshooting when issues arise, and more. Using a third-party vendor like BairesDev will ensure that you won’t be bogged down by critical IT tasks that aren’t your area of expertise.

Outsourcing also means you’ll have dedicated experts at your disposal. You can find a partner with a wide array of skills to meet your needs and address any gaps that exist in your organization. Because they’re acting as a third-party provider, you won’t need to manage their day-to-day task — they’ll function independently.

IT Isn’t a Core Business Function

If your company isn’t in the business of producing technology — as in, it’s not an IT, software development, or related business — then hiring IT outsourcing services is often the right call. You’ll be able to receive higher-quality service at a fair price, without having to dedicate staff who may not have the know-how to carry out important technology tasks.

Outsourcing is often considerably cheaper. If you use a nearshore provider like BairesDev, you’ll be able to use the guidance of experts in Latin America, one of the regions in the world with the best technology education and expertise. You’ll also achieve results at lower costs than onshore — and certainly in-house — services.

Your Technologies Are Outdated

Technology changes rapidly every day. Using outdated rolls and equipment will be damaging to your company, putting your security and other facets of your business at risk. But if technology isn’t your area of expertise, then it can be difficult to know whether you’re using the most cutting-edge innovations or if you’re falling behind.

 

When you hire an outside IT partner, they will know the latest trends and which technologies your company should be using. They should have a deep understanding of your industry — provided they have extensive experience working in it — and recognize what you need to keep your business thriving.

 

If your software is full of glitches and employees routinely encounter errors, it’s obvious that you need to replace it. But you could be using outdated technology without even knowing it. An outsourcing provider will know when to update your system before errors occur.

Your Technology Operations Aren’t as Efficient as You’d Like

Efficiency is critical when it comes to doing business. If your operations aren’t running as smoothly as you’d like, it could be a sign that it’s time to look elsewhere. Because they’re in the business of delivering dedicated services to other organizations, an IT team will most likely have their operations down to a science and work quickly to keep their clients happy. 

 

These are experts at what they do, which means they have skills you may not find in-house or even physically close by your office. As a dedicated partner, they’ll prioritize your operations and what’s most important to you — technology-wise. You won’t need to spend time training them or have to be concerned about them getting distracted by other business matters.

You Need to Stay Competitive

Strong IT is critical to keeping your business competitive in a landscape that’s ever-evolving for every industry. Not only will they help to ensure that your operations and equipment are sound and functioning smoothly, but they’ll also be able to use tools that you may not be able to access otherwise.

 

Because outsourcing companies have their own infrastructure, you won’t need to purchase expensive tools yourself. If you’re a startup or a small-sized organization, this will allow you to have the technology that usually only larger companies are able to access. You’ll be able to compete with the giants in your field without having the same budget.

You Need Specific Projects Completed or On-Call Services

Perhaps you don’t need IT services all the time. If there’s a specific project you want to complete, outsourcing is a good option. You’ll contract the provider to work on the project with minimal commitment.

Or you might require occasional IT services when you need your technology updated or in case any issues arise. You can have a provider on hand to work with you on an as-needed basis, again, without a significant amount of commitment.

These arrangements are both far less expensive than having an in-house IT team, which isn’t necessary if you don’t need continuous support.

You Lack the Requisite Skills In House

You might already have an in-house team, but different projects demand different skill sets. If you need certain specializations, outsourcing is a good solution. The provider’s team can integrate with your own to fill in the gaps as needed. 

Another reason why you might want to supplement your own team is if you’re the process of scaling your efforts and need additional support as you expand. An IT provider can provide specialists to enable you to sustain your efforts.

If you fall into any of these categories, it’s probably time to outsource your IT. In search of a provider? BairesDev employs only the top 1% of IT talent, so you know your technology — and business — will be in good hands. Whether you’re in need of a specialized, independent team or augmentation of your in-house efforts, we’re here to help.

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