Technology is an integral part of every business, and construction companies are no exception. IT makes up a significant part of your budget in time and money. Your information technology needs extend from digital marketing, website development, technology management of apps and programs to the nitty-gritty of data protection, cybersecurity and servicing routers and servers. More and more businesses are moving to outsource these services–and are happy doing so!
If you’re in the construction industry, you may be wondering if it’s time to outsource your IT needs to a third-party business. The answer to this question should be clear-cut and obvious—yes, because you’ll save time and make more money! But maybe it’s not so obvious for you, and you need to consider the facts. Maybe you’re thinking to yourself: “I can probably do just as good a job at managing my IT operations as any outsourced service provider, and I certainly don’t want to spend money on something I could do myself without paying someone else to do it”.
While that’s a valid concern, there are many solid reasons why, as a construction company, outsourcing your IT needs makes a lot of sense.
Construction firms can save money
Construction companies can save money through outsourcing software development. It’s an increasingly popular option, with some firms reporting savings of up to 25 percent. That’s because developers who are located remotely are often able to deliver services at a lower cost than local firms do. By outsourcing to a third party of talented engineers and software developers, including remote workers, you also have access to a larger talent pool. There are many experienced, expert individuals in the field that may not be in your physical region but are ready and willing to put their talents to work for you at a much lower cost. You may also need help periodically, or part-time; finding an in-house expert who can adapt to your changing needs can be challenging. Outsourcing gives you access to a larger team that can adapt their services to your business objectives and IT requirements as you scale without skipping a beat.
One key benefit of remote workers is that they can focus on specific tasks—building one part of a website, for example—without needing technical knowledge about other parts of a project. This makes them faster and more efficient than in-house employees, who must have knowledge about every part of a website or app’s development.
One of the first things Managed Services Group does, before you even sign a contract, is a thorough FREE analysis of your IT spend. Our goal is to more than make up for whatever our contract will cost you in savings. In short, you can take IT off your plate, focus more on your business, and save money all at the same time!
They need better expertise than they have
The average construction business owner isn’t keeping up with the latest network security. When do you have time to stay up-to-date on IT trends and updates when you’re busy running a successful construction company? The bigger picture is that most business owners in industries such as construction have only a working knowledge of IT and have neither time nor interest in learning more about it. Thus, they need a strong partner to ensure that their IT systems are running at full speed around-the-clock because no business can afford to shut down due to inadequate information technology.
A business like Managed Services Group has the time and a vested interest in staying current on IT practices and resources, so you know that your system is taken care of to the highest industry standards. There is nothing more frustrating for a busy business owner than having to juggle your company while also troubleshooting IT issues and dealing with the fallout of servers going down or apps not working when you need them to.
Even if you’re not interested in outsourcing all of your infrastructures, it might be worth looking into third-party management as an option for specific pieces of equipment such as servers and routers.
They can focus on other tasks
Managing an IT department is a lot of work. It involves planning, budgeting, data security and protection, training employees to use new programs or apps, monitoring computer use patterns – not to mention dealing with any issues that pop up. Troubleshooting issues in real-time and keeping systems updated is time-consuming and requires eyes on IT at all times. Handing off these non-critical software activities to a software provider just makes sense.
These responsibilities take time away from your business’s primary focus: developing projects, meeting clients’ needs and making money. Outsourcing your IT department allows you to focus on what matters most for your company and its bottom line. Construction firms can avoid spending time handling these tasks and instead spend more time making money.
Looking to hand off some or all of your IT activities to the pros? Managed Services Group manages your IT so you can manage your business. Give us a shout to discuss your needs and how we can get to work for you.