Computing technology and high-speed Internet have spread so fast, it’s hard to imagine how we ever functioned without them. In fact, virtually every company in the U.S. now relies on some kind of computer network, even if their industry has nothing to do with digital technology. So why are more companies than ever choosing to outsource their computing and software needs to managed IT services? It’s all about the money.
Between 2009 and 2014, even during the Great Recession, America’s IT consulting industry grew 4.1% every year; moreover, it’s generated $363 billion in revenue. That’s because the recession forced companies to tighten their belts, and managed IT services allowed small and large business alike to cut costs.
While Silicon Valley corporations like Facebook and Google can easily handle all their IT and computing needs in-house, most corporations lack the expertise to manage those services internally. To many people, IT means tech support, AKA your company’s computer guy. But in 2015, managed IT services can provide an array of services, like digital marketing, SEO for small businesses, and creative web design packages. And because digital technologies change by the minute, outsourcing these needs to a managed IT service provider ensures you’re always ready to adapt.
Some U.S. companies continue to try and manage their web development and tech support on their own, often to disastrous effect. It’s not enough to have a serviceable website anymore. About 75% of U.S. Internet users say they judge your company’s credibility by the quality of your website. And because 82.6% of those users rely on search engines to find companies (performing 100 billion searches every month!), without strong SEO for local businesses, your website will be totally invisible. And chances are, your company doesn’t have the time to do anything about it.
The best managed IT services provide web design packages, hosting, and custom software solutions for all your digital needs, including needs you don’t even know about yet. Try and develop these skills in-house, and not only will you waste your valuable time, but as soon as you finish hiring and training, the technology will have already changed.
So for companies that want to improve efficiency, save time, and save money, managed IT services provide a one-stop-shop solution. And unlike other forms of outsourcing, you can find managed IT services based right here in the U.S.A.