2015 Budgeting Season is upon us, which forces many businesses to look at areas where they can cut costs and improve efficiencies. Many small and medium-sized businesses (SMB’s) often overlook their IT expenditures as an area that can solve for both. Do you know how much you are spending on a monthly basis for IT support? Or how much time you, your office manager, or any other employee spends on IT-related issues? How much time has your business spent in downtime because of technology? What are your technology needs for the next year? Do you have the resources to make the right decisions in purchasing new equipment?
Managed IT Services allows small and medium-sized businesses to plan and budget technology costs while improving business efficiencies. How? Here’s a few examples:
Technology – Technology is a large investment, and a very necessary one at that. Managed Service Providers (MSP’s) are in your corner to make sure you are making the right decisions as far as the equipment you need and help you choose the best vendor to support your business needs. MSP’s also make sure that the equipment is set up correctly and is up and running so you can serve your customers.
Technical Resources – Larger corporations have the budget necessary to support an internal IT department. Small businesses don’t. An MSP like Dobson is essentially a big-business IT department that scales across many small and medium-sized businesses at a fraction of the cost. You get the benefit of what larger corporations have access to without the large investment.
Fixed Costs – When you partner with an MSP like Dobson, you agree to a contract which covers specific services at a fixed monthly rate. This allows you to see upfront what you are paying for and how it will work within your budget. Some of the services include: computer and server support, data backup and disaster recovery, network security, remote network monitoring and technology evaluation and planning. These services can be customized to meet your specific business needs and make it possible to reduce costs in certain areas. Often times, managed IT services are viewed as an unnecessary cost simply because business owners are used to fixing their IT problems after something has happened. This is where business owners quickly discover the amount of money spent to “fix” a problem or recover from a disaster is much more expensive than planning for it in the first place. Having a budgeted, proactive approach to your IT is just good business sense, and saves money in the long-run.
How to get started: The best way to get started is to schedule an appointment with one of our IT Solutions Sales Consultants. They can help you evaluate your current IT situation and determine if outsourcing makes sense for your business. They will help you evaluate your current IT expenditures, how much downtime your business currently has when your technology isn’t working, and what your future IT needs are. If IT outsourcing makes sense, you can easily budget your 2015 IT support and equipment needs because your IT management expenditures now become a fixed cost. The solution that Dobson provides is a flat-rate, monthly fee so you know exactly what you are spending your technology dollars on. If you need to modernize or add any equipment, you can easily budget for that as well. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, call us at (405) 242-1000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. **Resources: SPC International