Outsourcing the IT function isn’t a new concept for business. However, as digital and cloud-based technologies are revolutionizing corporate operations strategies, more companies are choosing to leverage outsourced IT solutions as a way to strategically position their internal IT personnel and other resources.
IT Functions Companies are Outsourcing
In addition to outsourcing managed services, businesses of all sizes are also turning to outsourced IT solutions to support internal staff when there is a gap in the workforce, to drive new application architecture initiatives, support legacy applications and more. One of the biggest strategic moves is leveraging cloud-based resources and SaaS solutions.
Businesses also have more options when it comes to making outsourcing decisions today. Companies who want to extend their IT departments without adding additional rank and file employees or who need short-term solutions to fill in during staffing shortages can leverage IT service providers’ skilled, trained personnel and effectively extend their ranks.
While nobody knows for sure what the future will bring, outsourcing technology solutions seems to be anything but a passing trend. Forecasts estimate that global IT outsourcing will reach $299 billion by the end of 2017. If the current outsourcing trend continues, the global outsourcing market could reach a staggering $363 million by 2020.
A Hybrid Approach Can Bridge the Gap Between a Completely Internal or Completely Outsourced IT Department
There are businesses that choose an “all or nothing” approach, outsourcing their entire IT function. However, because this approach doesn’t work for every business, it’s much more common for companies to make strategic outsourcing decisions that combine internal and external IT resources.
In many businesses, it’s unrealistic to think that all of various systems and applications used could be entirely cloud-based. However, it also likely doesn’t make sense to host everything on-site. So, a company might choose to utilize several applications hosted on-premises, outsource managed IT services, and leverage cloud-based software and storage solutions for other functions.
Your Business’ IT Solutions – Whether Internal, Outsourced or Both – Need to Meet Your Company’s Needs
As with most things in business, there is not any single one “right” way to structure your company’s IT resources. The right IT solutions for your company will depend on a number of factors.
At Norwell Technology Group, we provide a full array of technology consulting, managed services, cloud services, procurement and carrier services designed to meet the individual needs of each of our clients. With a unique balance of business acumen, industry knowledge and IT skills and resources, we believe we can provide unmatched expertise to address our clients’ challenges.