Change is unavoidable in business. How do you build IT that can continually adapt to your needs? The key, in most cases, is to truly understand your IT environment and your business goals, aligning the two to each other in a roadmap that allows you to plan for the future while maintaining the agility needed to deal with the present. Here are a few ways a managed IT provider can help you to navigate change, in comparison to a non-managed strategy.

 

Planning Your Technology for Tomorrow

The business landscape is complex, fast-paced, and forever evolving. You need IT to be a strategic component of your business model—supporting growth and agility, while delivering cost-effectiveness. Developing that strategy can be a challenge with the day-to-day needs of the business absorbing the majority of your IT team’s time.
  • Managed IT
Equipped with deep business and technology backgrounds, Managed IT providers can give you the skillset of a CIO at a fraction of the cost of a full-time executive, while working with you to understand your business model, goals, culture and technology. Establishing, documenting and validating this critical business information allows your Virtual CIO (vCIO) to create a business aligned IT Roadmap outlining the people, processes and technology needed within your business to help you meet your goals now and into the future.
  • Non-Managed IT
Without the added benefit of a vCIO, making the right choices for your business can come down to guesswork – or costly staff. Without augmenting your existing IT team with the right support, they’ll be constantly pressured to both keep the lights on and plan for what’s next – without visibility or experience with the newest technology or trends.

 

Delivering an Agile IT Solution

Even with the right plan, things can change in a hurry, and in the age of disruption, sudden shifts in business models, economies and customer needs can create enormous IT challenges. Having an IT model that is built for agility – to ramp up, scale down, shift solutions and do it all quickly – can help your business stay ahead of the next big wave.
  • Managed IT
With a Managed IT solution, the challenge – and the risk – of those technological shifts are shared with your IT provider. With that shared responsibility comes built-in flexibility, allowing your company to make necessary shifts by changing the services provided. This eliminates the need to ramp up and train staff, change existing positions and make large hardware investments.
  • Non-Managed IT
When you’re making big changes in your technology on your own, that risk is yours alone. Results can be uncertain, with up-front costs requiring major investments of both time and money. Often, organizations with traditional IT models can struggle to keep up with the pace of change as they get bogged down with operational processes and project management.