Outsourcing is all the rage, fueled by the popularity of books like The 4-Hour Work Week and the increasing need for business to become more “nimble” and efficient. You may have already instituted some form of outsourcing, perhaps for your HR or building management needs. But don’t forget about the very real benefits of outsourcing your current and/or future IT operations as well. These benefits include:
Professional expertise. Keeping a company’s IT systems and services running smoothly and securely is a full-time job in itself, and not an easy one. Today’s business world demands rock-solid networks, servers, security, connectivity, software and hardware performance. The level of consistency required can make internal IT a devilish sapper of time, effort and productivity. By handing those tasks over to a third party who specializes in them, you ensure top-quality attention to detail, regular updates and maintenance, and quick response to any challenges that may come up. You also slash the risk of security threats when you let us take the reigns on your network firewalls, proxies and protocols.
Controllable costs. Is IT outsourcing automatically “cheaper” than in-house IT? Not necessarily — but it can give you much greater value for your technology dollar. For one thing, our experts can advise you on systems planning and component purchasing, thus making sure you get the products and services most likely to earn their keep in terms of efficiency and reliability. Also, an in-house IT budget may have to contend with multiple subcontractors and providers, which means that actual costs may bob up and down wildly. When you do everything through CEC, you get the services you’re contracted for at the price you expect — and at the same time, you keep your internal IT payroll from mushrooming out of control.
“Approximately 15 years ago our school was experiencing some major computer complications, so we found CEC… they promptly came out and took care of our issues. Over the years, we had some other minor work done by different companies which seemed to create more problems than they solved. So when we have some severe problems earlier this year, we called CEC again and once again were very impressed with how quickly they rescued us. Their technician was very knowledgeable and handled the job from start to finish so we didn’t have to. We highly recommend CEC for any computer service needs, and will not lose their business card this time!”
– Lynne C. Lewin, Principal, Rainbow of Knowledge School, Los Gatos, Calif.