February 16th, 2016
Business leaders are often reluctant to outsource IT work for a variety of reasons. Whether this leads to hiring someone to manage IT operations or expanding an existing employee’s workload, internally managing the online infrastructure required to operate a successful business requires a costly investment of time for, and often salary, payroll tax, and benefits.
The complexity of infrastructure configurations continues to increase, meaning that time spent by employees learning how to build horizontal architectures and develop and/or maintain the necessary software is time that cannot be used to innovate or focus exclusively on work that generates revenue. A managed service provider like LSG can provide those services more efficiently and affordably, allowing employees to channel their energy more profitably.
The learning curve for new technology is steep. Why spend company time and money for employees to stay on top of each progression when a managed service provider already keeps up with the latest advances?
Internal employees may have little incentive to learn a new software as quickly as possible, but people who love their professional services job will likely go home and read about the technology on their own time. A technician who has been studying a new system by reading and practicing on their own computer will be excited for the chance to implement that system in a real-world setting, benefiting an actual company. This also ensures that internal employees don’t lose valuable time they could spend on their existing projects learning technology that will become obsolete in the future.
While LSG may not be familiar with the operations of a new client’s business, we offer extensive experience in managing IT systems. When a company’s internal employees bring their knowledge of the everyday operations of their business and combine it with our proven track record of providing technological solutions to business problems, we efficiently help businesses achieve results.
For a longer discussion on the increasing complexity of technological solutions, check out this article from Forbes.
February 2nd, 2016
As a managed service provider, LSG works with businesses in a variety of industries to creatively solve problems by drawing upon years of technological expertise. Having IT assistance reliably available, especially for a small business, can mean the difference between a productive week and a week of inoperable systems and unhappy customers.
Not everyone is comfortable outsourcing their IT solutions, though. Here are some fears that keep people from partnering with a managed service provider:
- Will our technician be available when needed?
- Are service fees and surcharges going to wreck our budget?
- Will internal employees feel threatened or unappreciated?
- Do I want to admit that I need help in this area of my business?
- If the IT people make money when our system is down, do they have our best interests at heart?
While we at LSG can’t speak for every professional services company out there, we know that our job is to keep you going-to make sure that your systems are operational so that you can do the work you need to grow your business. How will you have time to be an innovator if your time is eaten away by keeping up with the constant progression of technology?
We are in the business of enabling companies to achieve and sustain their annual and long-term growth goals, and we do that in a variety of ways. Our flat-rate pricing ensures that our clients can effectively budget for our services.
We can assist with everything from the simple things that create the dreaded backlog (like collecting data or adding fields to existing forms) to large-scale management of servers and networks (including moving databases to new servers or creating an infrastructure for your business’s software needs).
We wrote a blog post last year explaining how DBA services help business owners. By partnering with us to provide IT solutions, business leaders can choose to hire staff that will increase their bottom line and still rest assured that their online programs will run smoothly.