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6 Advantages of Using I.T. Support for Your Business


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Date: Sun, 9 Oct 2011 Time: 12:38 AM

Consumers today are using more technology for convenience, such as automated phone and internet support, shopping online and quick quotes. Business owners need to keep up with the pace, but not everyone is an I.T guru and most companies would have either thought about outsourcing I.T or would already have an I.T support company. A lot of businesses do not even realise that these professional services exist and that they are companies who specialise in I.T support. I.T companies can help to not only increase convenience for you and your customers, but also help with the efficiency and running costs of your business. Below are 6 major advantages of using an I.T support company.

 

1.       The first advantage is specialisation. Your business may already have a computer system in place for all your transactions and customer enquiries; however this should not stop you from utilising the benefits of the best technology available. This can be a complex process and the level of knowledge an I.T company has can easily be used to implement this technology.

 

2.       The second advantage is the costs and savings involved. The cost of running a support system for customers is minimal compared to laying out costs for extra office space and a new group of employees to handle the issues, on top of training them within your current system. In addition, if they are any further extensions of the system that need to be made the I.T company can do this for less and give your employees more convenience.

 

3.       The third advantage is focus. In a lot of cases the staff are juggling multiple roles in additional to being support staff. The implementation of an I.T system reduces the amount of tasks and allows the staff to focus on their core competencies. I.T systems reduce time for system duties and customer support, which increases time for productivity and reduces the need for additional support staff.

 

4.       The fourth advantage is business resources. I.T systems establish a network of practices, which can be constantly updated or expanded, which detours the resources needed for I.T. Business resources are limited and by having more on hand, you are then able to allocate these resources to improving and making the business run efficiently.

 

5.       The fifth advantage relates to outsourcing and returns. When you outsource work you are sub contracting an external organisation to complete certain tasks for your business. These companies do not work for you and the amount payable is agreed upon before commencing work. This means that you are able to measure the costs, the services they will provide and any other guarantees, which are all put into writing. Taking on the job yourself is harder to predict and in a lot of cases you end up over spending the budget.

 

6.       The final advantage is the customers, as a business cannot survive without them. Customers want convenience and ease of access. A lot of people are busy and do not always have the time to go into a store as they too are working, which is why there has been an increased in deliveries of products and services or the last five years. Customer satisfaction levels will be higher due to convenience and also because your employees are now able to focus more on servicing your customers, which raises the quality of that service.

 

In conclusion there needs to be a balance of external and internal sources, as too much outsourced support can severe relations between the two companies. There are a lot of new business models that you may not be aware of, which can be implemented your business. I.T groups work outside of hours to provide a quicker maintenance service and can help to pool in potential customers to your business.

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