Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Managed Services and Cloud Computing

Why Growing Companies Need Managed Services and Cloud Computing

By Chris Slocumb

There aren't many organizations, regardless of their size or the industry they're in, that can't benefit from using smarter outsourced IT in the form of managed services agreements and cloud computing. For growing businesses, however, they are especially important. Why? Because even more than cost savings and productivity gains, they give something even more valuable: flexibility.

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Using cloud computing and outsourced IT partner, your company's technology becomes scalable. That means that no matter how fast your sales grow - or even if you need to scale operations back for a while - you can do so without incurring big costs, while still being able to take advantage of new opportunities as they arise.

Consider any of these four situations:

1. Your sales grow quickly and you need new IT investments. With traditional technology arrangements, too much business can actually turn into a big problem. Here's why: Investing tens of thousands of dollars in new servers, software licenses, and communications upgrades is a bigger risk when you don't know the long-term viability of the new accounts. With managed services and cloud computing, however, you have the flexibility to ramp up operations for as long as you need, without breaking the bank.

2. You need to save on IT expenses. Of course, things go the other way sometimes, too. It could be that a competitive landscape, lost customers, or investments in other parts of the company are forcing you to cut back on technology. With a scalable managed services and cloud computing platform, you can make this decision easily - and without the costs associated with letting full-time employees go.

3. Your company has a sudden need for new technology. It isn't just that your business can get bigger or smaller with managed services and cloud computing, either. Sometimes, what's needed is something completely different. Particularly with cloud computing, you can explore new applications, software ideas, and collaborative platforms for a low monthly fee, rather than having to invest big money in them while you're unsure whether they'll be a great fit or not.

4. You aren't sure what the future will bring. This is probably the most common situation where managed services and cloud computing come into play, and the most important. Because few of us can accurately predict what the challenges will be in the next 12 to 24 months, having the option to switch up the size, configuration, or capabilities of your technology setup can be a huge advantage. Change is the only constant in today's world, and you need to be prepared for whatever is around the corner.

To find out more about the many ways that managed services and cloud computing can bring flexibility and scalability to your organization, contact one of our account managers for a free consultation.

Chris Slocumb is the VP Marketing for Vision Computer Solutions - one of the leading Michigan IT service companies based in Northville. Founded in 1995, Vision Computer Solutions offers managed business IT consulting and information technology services in Michigan. Headquartered in Northville, Michigan, Vision Computer Solutions is a Microsoft Certified Partner and Microsoft Small Business Specialist. They can be reached at 248-349-6115.

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