Higher IT budgets do not necessarily translate into better IT departments. Businesses may think more funding for technologies such as virtualization, cloud computing and mobile applications may solve many of their operational needs; however, without the proper knowledge to maximize their investment, their new tech may quickly turn into a costly mistake. With the right partner who understands how to properly utilize different technologies to maximize ROI, businesses are able to offload their IT infrastructures so they can focus solely on core-business processes.
Offloading IT is especially beneficial for small and medium-sized businesses. SMBs lack the budgets and staff of large enterprises, so they cannot afford any missteps with their IT procurements. The worst outcome possible for a company is to invest in an IT solution only to find it was not the right fit or was too difficult to properly maintain.
IT strategies are crucial in 2014 and beyond
A Spiceworks survey of SMBs and enterprises discovered organizations are expected to spend an average of $253,000 on IT services and products in 2014. In 2015, 42 percent anticipate spending even more. With businesses upping their tech budgets to stay ahead of the curve, the need to have a strong IT environment is now more prevalent than ever before.
Kathryn Pribish, IT program manager at Spiceworks, explained that bring-your-own-device programs and cloud computing are big contributors to the increasing budgets. the BYOD trend places greater emphasis on how firms manage more complex infrastructures to ensure staff members remain productive while data remains secure.
"We're finding that while companies are investing in technology solutions, they're not committing to an equal investment in hiring the IT professionals who make sure technologies function properly and help employees get their jobs done," Pribish remarked.
Overall, 74 percent have adopted virtualization services, 68 percent have launched BYOD initiatives and 61 percent of respondents are currently using cloud computing.
These technologies hold immense potential; however, without proper manpower to implement and maintain such technologies can adversely affect businesses by slowing productivity, putting sensitive data at risk and reducing overall return on investment.
SMBs can benefit from trusted partners
SMBs struggling to keep pace in their respective markets should turn to Managed IT Services to finally rid themselves of managing their IT infrastructure. By partnering with an IT Services provider, businesses are better able to achieve operational flexibility and scalability.
Pinnacle, an Advanced Imaging Solutions company, assists SMBs with all of their technology needs. The managed IT services provider collaborates with clients to identify their core business processes, operational requirements and end-user preferences to create and maintain a secure IT environment with minimal, if any, interruption to day-to-day functions.
What makes Pinnacle different from other vendors in the market is the service provider's continued support of its clients after solutions are adopted. Pinnacle delivers quarterly business reviews of performance benchmarks to ensure clients are receiving a clear return on investment for all of their IT expenditures.
Investing in IT is a smart decision for any forward-thinking business leader. The trick, however, is not only selecting the right technologies, but also the right partner to ensure they align with your business strategies. Click here to learn more how Pinnacle can help your SMB get on the right track today.