Outsourcing IT Means More Profit for Dealers27 Aug, 2009 By: Editorial Staff imageSource
Outsourcing IT Means More Profit for Dealers
Large and small businesses alike,
as well as government agencies and other institutions, have been outsourcing a
portion or all of their information technology (IT) work for some time. If there
is a service you can provide get the word out. More and more, companies want to
concentrate on their core business and streamline efforts towards purely
profitable endeavors. That leaves us, as dealers to pick up the slack. Services
that are typically outsourced include anything requiring technology to access or
move information, from maintaining computer equipment to managing the
integration between radically different systems.
Businesses outsource some or all of their IT work when they need a technology
group with the resources to keep their systems functioning at peak levels. The
cost for small businesses to maintain a full-time in-house IT staff is usually
prohibitive. Normally there just isn’t enough work on a day-to-day basis to
justify the cost. And while mid- to large-size companies typically have their
own in-house IT group, they often find it advisable to outsource IT work that
requires a specialized skill set which is only needed periodically or when the
in-house group may be temporarily overloaded.
The need to protect information
has never been greater. Security is a critical area of concern for all
businesses regardless of size. Make sure that your company offers the
professional expertise needed to prevent unauthorized access to its
information, and to guard against catastrophic or accidental loss of
information. The loss of personal data for thousands of members of the U.S.
military by the Veteran’s Administration is a glaring case in point.
Small companies typically outsource IT work because of the rapid growth of
information technology in critical areas such as accounting. Marketing
activities, especially those that require inside-outside access and Internet and
email connectivity are also areas where outsourcing expertise is frequently
Large companies frequently outsource IT work when making enhancements to
infrastructure and moving data. For example, businesses project and plan for
their IT outsourcing needs when opening a new branch, upgrading interoffice or
inter-branch communications or implementing a new system. These types of
projects temporarily increase a company’s IT needs until in-house staff can
handle everything on their own. Specialty support may be needed when something
arises that is outside the skill set of a company’s in-house IT group. This can
include hardware, software or communication issues. Make sure to leave a
detailed menu of services as well as conveying your ability to tailor solutions
specifically for individual businesses.