Key Questions for Determining Managed IT Services Readiness

Managed IT infrastructure services are growing in importance, but how do you know if they are right for your business? This blog post provides four key questions for determining your readiness for this type of engagement.

  • How would you describe your current infrastructure? Businesses are encouraged to think about the adequacy of their current IT infrastructure. Do they have the appropriate hardware, applications, and storage capacity to handle current projects? Do they have the right mix of staff to maintain IT operations?

If you answered “no” to these questions, you may be a good candidate for managed IT infrastructure services.

  • How volatile is your business? It’s also important to consider how much your business changes. Do you see a big discrepancy in the amount of projects depending on the time of year? Can one project require a significantly higher amount of IT capacity and expertise?

If your company’s IT infrastructure requirements are fairly unpredictable, you may be an even better candidate for managed IT infrastructure services.

  • What would it cost to upgrade your current infrastructure? This could mean purchasing newer computer equipment and applications, hiring help desk personnel, or investing in other required or desired resources.

If this investment seems too costly, you may be an even better candidate for managed IT infrastructure services.

  • What would it cost to outsource the procurement of these resources? Have a conversation with your technology vendors about the potential cost of outsourcing elements of your IT infrastructure. Find out how easily you could upgrade, downgrade, or end an agreement.

If the cost and flexibility of a managed deployment seems attractive, you are an even better candidate for managed IT infrastructure services.

These are four key questions that can help you decide whether to seek out managed IT services. For those who aren’t completely sure if a managed IT deployment is right for them, they can ask to speak to current customers about their experience. They could also start with a small engagement, potentially expanding to a larger deployment as time goes on.