We’re living in strange times, making it difficult to predict with any certainty what any given business environment looks like. Companies are delaying plans to have their employees return to the office. Employees are still working remotely. And, everyone is extremely reliant on IT services to conduct business. With external forces outside of any business owner’s control having such a huge effect on operations, there are certain IT outsourcing trends they can count on as they finish out 2021 and plan for 2022.
Remote Workforces are Increasing the Need for Outsourced IT Services Through 2021
IT security. Companies are taking proactive measures to ensure their data is safe from external threats, especially with employees remotely accessing networks. IT security experts who can help ensure the security of a company’s infrastructure, software and data (both on-premises and on the cloud) are in high demand.
Invision’s outsourced IT security services run the gamut of implementing or reviewing security policies and conducting security audits to ensure our clients are in compliance with their industry’s laws and regulations, as well as minimizing vulnerabilities across all elements of IT systems.
Moving to the cloud. More and more organizations are migrating to the cloud, so outsourcing this IT service makes sense for those who need expert help for a smooth transition. Invision’s IT experts have deep knowledge of cloud services and get to know the architectural principles of our clients’ businesses, as well managing and scaling cloud applications.
Database administration. A company’s data is a key asset. Therefore, administrators are essential for ensuring data is accessible to all stakeholders and the software that manages databases runs smoothly. Invision’s IT administrators can implement solutions that improve data access, storage, backup and security, plus monitor servers and optimize their performance.
Network administration. A company’s infrastructure links all access points into a single system and it is a serious concern for business owners. Outsourcing network administration services means Invision’s IT experts manage software, hardware and LAN/WAN protocols and ensure they work together efficiently to minimize downtime and glitches in workflows.
IT Outsourcing Trends to Watch For in 2022
Cybersecurity. Working remotely calls for a zero-trust policy that companies should implement now, if they haven’t done so already. As employees continue working from home, some for good, the old ways of protecting your company’s network, applications and data are no longer enough. With more employees using SaaS to store and retrieve data, more sensitive data is hosted outside a company’s firewall. Work with an outsourced IT company experienced in identity and access management. For example, Invision can implement authentication solutions that are key to zero trust. HP panelists suggest that high-level authentication solutions using biometrics are a technology of the future.
Expert opinions. 2022 is an opportunity for small businesses to take advantage of rapidly advancing technology. However, they may have limited resources, including time considerations. Outsourcing IT services and support will give SMBs the expert opinions needed on choosing a particular technology based on its positive impact on operations.
Flexibility rules. The pandemic has underscored the need to quickly adjust to the changing conditions. The flexibility to upscale or downscale an IT project and having IT experts on hand who can step in at a moment’s notice will provide a huge benefit. With a wider range of IT skills, outsourced IT services give businesses greater flexibility compared to hiring or relying on internal staff who may or may not have real-world experience in managing your IT needs and emergencies.
To learn more about how Invision can help you prepare for an increase in cyber threats, contact us for an evaluation.