Digital transformation is sweeping across the business world, breathing fresh life into the way organizations conduct their operations. In 2019, digital transformation has done more than gone mainstream: some 40 percent of technology spending this year will go towards efforts to modernize the office. However, the dizzying array of new and exciting tools now readily accessible to businesses can easily lead to overwhelmed, frustrated employees.
To combat this challenge, many organizations are turning towards managed IT services to help guide infrastructure and technology deployment. Digital transformation represents a major undertaking for even technologically savvy businesses. A managed IT service delivers a host of benefits which help ensure the success of this process.
The Benefits of Managed IT Services During Digital Transformation
A managed IT service provider is a third-party provider which assists in the development, deployment, and maintenance of an IT infrastructure. During digital transformation – when a significant amount of new infrastructure appears in a company – outsourcing IT services can help keep the process frustration-free and effective by:
- Making It Easier to Scale
Investing in infrastructure is costly and can preclude additional upgrades or modifications as the business needs change. Likewise, once purchased, it can prove tempting to make do with technology rather than burden the budget with yet another purchase.
In contrast, managed IT services help companies sidestep the problem of investing in a rigid infrastructure. Rather, they introduce the degree of scalability that a company needs to successfully undergo digital transformation.
Managed IT services—such as those offered by CDS—accomplish this through two main ways. First, they introduce lightweight solutions such as cloud storage to deliver services and value on an inherently scalable platform. Second, managed IT tends to introduce only the infrastructure that is needed. Many services are modular, meaning that different components can be switched out or changed as necessary. The result is that it’s easier to scale up or down rapidly according to operational needs.
- Assisting with IT Optimization
Digital transformation is all about finding innovative ways to address traditional business challenges with modern technology. In other words, digital transformation attempts to refocus the business processes not simply on revenue generation, but on better ways to deliver value to customers through the thoughtful implementation of technology. At its core, digital transformation optimizes a business to better serve its customers.
However, having the latest and best technology doesn’t mean that an office will effectively apply it. Users still need to learn how to best use this new technology, and things like IT networks need to be properly configured. A managed IT service can help with both of these things, first by introducing effective, intuitive tools and then by making sure they’re properly configured to function in the best possible way alongside an office’s other processes.
- Keeping Critical Processes Running
Introducing new technology into core business functions creates plenty of opportunities for things to break – managed IT services make sure they don’t. With managed services, a team of professionals can help guide a business through digital transformation by supporting technology implementation with the right tools, installation, and methods to ensure that the new processes don’t create chaos within a company.
- Maintaining Pace with Technological Evolution
Digital transformation is not the end-all of technological upgrades for a business. If anything, digital transformation is a commitment to keep pace with technological evolution. For instance, many digital transformation strategies commonly include the use of cloud-based services because they are lightweight, powerful, and flexible. However, these services change, update, and roll out new abilities regularly. This can leave staff struggling to keep up with learning new functionalities, let alone applying them consistently.
Managed IT services assist with this by making sure that businesses stay up to date with all of their technological tools. Rather than focusing on constantly applying every patch which comes out for a particular software, employees can focus on delivering success.
Make the Most of Digital Transformation with Managed IT Services
Many companies are undergoing digital transformation and eventually, all of them will. However, the mainstream status of digital transformation doesn’t make it any less daunting of a task. From developing a vision for the company to selecting the best technology to support critical business processes, companies already have a lot on their plates. A managed IT service can be an invaluable resource during this time, stepping in to provide support to ease the burden of transformation.
CDS is thrilled to partner with companies in their quest towards digital transformation by providing support through managed technology services. Start a conversation with us today about your vision for digital transformation, and how we can help.