There’s a vast spectrum of IT services available to the modern business client – which is just as well, considering the equally huge vista of things that can go wrong with modern IT. The more power and the more flexibility we enjoy; the more access our business as to technologies we don’t fully understand – or simple technologies whose importance at the heart of our businesses means their breakdown would be catastrophic – the more we feel the need to rely on managed services.
Not that this is a bad thing of course. Managed computer services allow our businesses to take advantage of extremely high end capabilitieswithout paying for them in full. If, for example, you invested in the kind of power the average IT service is able to command from its own offices, you’d be exceeding your available annual IT spend by un unforgivable amount of money. By hiring that power (and of course its associated expertise) only when you actually need it, you can take advantage of its capabilities without having to pay for its installation.
This model, effectively a pay as you go IT service with a retainer, is used by businesses of all sizes and stripes. The ability to tailor make your service to your needs is a key part of it. By starting out with what you need, and upgrading to what you have to have every time your business requirements change, you can grow organically rather than investing in huge plateau jumps that may temporarily stretch your company finances beyond a comfortable level.
The benefits of outsourced It management are almost unending. Software licensing, for example, in the outsourced model, can radically alter the amount of capital your company has to spend every year on simply legally accessing the programs it needs to do its job.
In the best model of this business arrangement, a software licensing consultant will help you navigate the different modes of licensing until you find the one that works best for you. In some cases this may involve cloud usage. Here software licensing can be a thing of the past. In cloud workspaces, you don’t buy or own the software tools you need – you hire them as you use them from a central cloud owner. The cloud owner is there to make sure the software version you use is always the most up to date one, and to take care of all licensing issues – so you never have to pay for another software upgrade or relicensing agreement again.
That said, cloud work may not always represent the best overall deal for your specific company needs: which is why using a licensing consultant as part of your managed IT package can come in very handy during IT budgeting meetings. Getting the best deal every year for everything your technology odes, ensures that your technology continues to do what it is, at heart, supposed to do best. That’s driving your business forward, keeping you abreast of the times and finding you new ways to make money more efficiently.