Demystifying the True Cost of IT - Part Three: What It All Comes Down To.
In our previous entries, we touched on the reasons IT can seem like a cost center. Whether that be predatory sales tactics or licensing and hardware considerations you didn't know you needed, it comes back to IT being a big line item in the list of the expenses it takes to run your business.
So let's talk about those expenses. There's payroll, the overhead for the tools you use to service your clients, marketing, insurance, and so on. Each of these items goes more or less without question because it's accepted these are the costs of running a company. So why is IT such a pain point? Because if done right, it's intangible.
We know, that's a rough one to wrap the mind around, but hear us out. Each of those expenses we mentioned in some way or another all operate on IT. Your business tools? IT. Process payroll? IT. Marketing? IT.
The very tools that enable your organization to operate are entirely dependent on IT. Whether or not it's visible to you or tucked away in a server room, somewhere there's a complex backbone of servers, storage, networking and computing power that those tools call home, and how healthy that backbone is has a direct impact on how well those tools and more directly, your staff, can operate.
We mentioned insurance as another expense. Not only is it required by law in order to operate almost any business, it's just common sense to protect the company in the event that something happens which threatens it's financial well-being.
So if we look at IT the same way, things suddenly become much clearer. You invest in IT because it's the foundation upon which your company is built. Downtime and system issues cost money, and you can bet that's tangible. How much downtime can your company afford, and what does it cost when you can't work? Measure that against the cost of IT and your perspective might shift.
Made it this far? Get ready for the light at the end of the tunnel.
There was a time when starting a business took an enormous capital expenditure. There was a time when running a business was a race to break even because of the operational expense, chief among them, IT. If you're working without a service provider or with one who isn't respecting the responsibility of that role, then that time is still now.
If you choose to work with Helios Cloud Solutions, then that time is over.
The answer to what determines the True Cost of IT is who you choose to be your trusted technology adviser and partner. There is no shortage of companies out there who will gladly take every dollar of your money with the intention of making that into an annual sales goal to beat, so here's the deal:
New business? You can get your company up and running with everything you need to have a professional online presence including e-mail, phones, file storage and more, all for less than $50/month.
Existing Business or Nonprofit? The money you could be saving on your current services and support will astound you. Let us show you how.
Thanks for coming with us on this last entry of our three part blog series. We hope that if nothing else, you'll come away from it armed with the knowledge of when to look out for your business, when to seek the help of professionals, and where to turn when you want to take your business to the next level.
-Helios Cloud Solutions