It can be difficult to keep up in the world of technology. Consumer technology moves on at an alarming rate of knots, and those developments are constantly reinventing the technological systems and processes that businesses need to keep their customers satisfied. It can be difficult to keep up in the world of technology. Consumer technology moves on at an alarming rate of knots, and those developments are constantly reinventing the technological systems and processes that businesses need to keep their customers satisfied.
If you’re a follower of technology, these are exciting times indeed. But if you work in IT, there’s just one small problem with this rate of development: Most businesses can’t afford to reinvent their IT systems every year. Perhaps this is why managed services have become so popular among IT leaders in the Middle East. The draw is easy to see. Instead of implementing new systems and technologies, and hiring IT professionals to manage them, organizations can instead simply outsource these new parts of the infrastructure to a managed services provider. The provider makes these systems available to its client organization for a fixed monthly cost, without the client needing to make massive capital expenditures on the new technology.
If you’re looking to simply dip into a new piece of technology, or evaluate its effectiveness for your business, it’s difficult to imagine why you’d opt for anything other than a managed service provider – at least initially.
But the benefits of managed services go far beyond new technologies. These days, managed services are available for just about every part of IT – from printing to security. And on all counts, businesses are finding that outsourcing parts of their IT department to managed services providers are saving them a lot of time, heartache, and money.
Take security as a prime example. As we detail here, it’s incredibly difficult to guarantee absolutely infallible security for your organization. But by moving your security operations to a dedicated provider (which is incentivized by its business model to provide top-of-the-line security) on a subscription-based Opex model, you can reap the benefits of heightened security as well as forgo the pain and expense of implementing your own security systems. Do the math over the total cost of ownership, and you may find that it’s less expensive to opt for a managed services provider.
It’s the same when it comes to data centers. You may not be convinced that cloud computing is the way forward for your business, but it’s difficult to argue that hosting your data with a local managed services provider isn’t in some way attractive. Unless it’s absolutely essential from a compliance standpoint that your data remains on-premise, simply outsourcing a data center from a managed services provider could be the answer. You’ll still retain full control over the infrastructure; just you won’t have to invest in building the physical infrastructure out, and you won’t need a team to manage it. The services provider takes care of all of this for you.
Indeed, businesses in the Middle East are increasingly finding that there are plenty of parts of IT that can be outsourced, and they’re finding that this leaves aside budget for strategic objectives. After all, a subscription-based pricing model for any sort of service makes for a pretty enticing prospect.