The High Costs of Technology Proficiency

It costs a lot to prepare that “IT Geek” to competently support your company in a fast-paced, highly competitive market.

Small to mid-level businesses need to consider more closely how outsourcing their IT management can not only save them money, but allow current IT staff to spend more time focusing on organizational core competencies and key business initiatives rather than shoring up infrastructures.  Making the move to outsourcing IT management can result in lower overhead costs and more revenue.  In an article posted on NetworkWorld online magazine, two experts offered up their differing, but mostly shared opinions on outsourcing IT management.  The most beneficial information gathered from this article is the agreed facts that outsourcing saves money, improves their efficiency and gives companies the ability to focus more on business objectives.  

Much like other professionals (e.g. doctors, lawyers) technology professionals are required to keep their education current in order to keep their certifications.  And with the breakneck speeds that information technology is advancing, training can become a costly and time consuming venture.  A single 5-day technology class can cost $3,000 or more – and usually five or more courses are needed to prepare for exams.  That means your “typical” Microsoft or Cisco certified professional can have upwards of $15,000 invested in that single certification.  This cost does not include travel expenses as these classes are often at centralized locations.  Employers are also looking at one to two classes per year in addition, as “upgrade” classes are required when updating certification.

Aside from “training up” existing employees another option is to hire new employees.  Many small to medium businesses may not be able to afford bringing on new bright and proficient IT staff members.  There is a high premium for full-time staff already trained over the latest updates in data system technology, security features and best practices to achieve optimal server performance.  Either way, it is inevitable; as these employees transition from new to old they will still require additional training to stay current.

As we have seen elsewhere, an alternative to costly training programs or new hires is outsourced IT management.  There are a ton of variables that make this an easy choice whether or not a company currently has its own resources. The most important advantage is that current technology departments will have more time and budget to spend on improving the core business.  It is an IT management company’s job to stay current on the most innovative changes in information technology.  This allows many companies to stop wasting valuable time and money on training programs that see small rewards over the long term.  A bigger impact (i.e. revenues, cost savings, efficiency, etc.) can be achieved on a daily basis by simply employing a dedicated IT management company.