The IT Talent Crisis and What It Means for Your IT Department

Posted by Doing Better Business on Mar 15, 2022 8:00:00 AM

The concept — and deployment — of digital transformation strategies across industries has taken the modern workplace by storm. With high-priority tech initiatives on every boardroom table, more companies than ever are looking for competent IT talent that can help them transform the way they do business. The problem, however, is that 69% of leaders at the forefront of digital change can’t hire the talent they need, keeping them from staying abreast of technology.

For small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), this problem is even more of an issue. Skilled IT talent are looking for high salaries, exceptional benefits packages, and long-term career opportunities — things that most SMBs just can’t offer their in-house IT staff. Couple this fact with the ongoing IT talent crisis and you have a serious roadblock to technological progression for many smaller enterprises.

The lack of tech talent plus competition for hiring the talent that does exist causes IT-related costs to increase — unless companies find a navigable work-around to the problem. Believe it or not, there is one, and the solution is nearer — and easier — than you may think.

The Simple Way to Overcome the IT Talent Crisis

Having an in-house IT department was once a luxury that only large enterprises could afford. An IT department would typically be managed by a Chief Technology Officer (CTO), reporting to the company’s owner or CEO. Structurally, the department should include task-specific roles such as a help desk for troubleshooting issues, network admin personnel to keep your IT infrastructure running smoothly, and even cybersecurity specialists to focus on preventing and/or managing potential cyberattacks and data breaches. In all, an in-house IT department would be expected to:

  • Implement and manage IT infrastructure
  • Provide comprehensive technical support across technologies
  • Develop strategies that focus on technological investments
  • Create and implement IT-specific projects
  • Maintain IT security and compliance

Of course, for most smaller companies, such a structure would be difficult — and sometimes impossible — to both staff, fund, and maintain. However, most companies would benefit from having access to some or all of these functions, either on a full-time or part-time basis.

Whether you are having difficulty hiring the right IT talent or you can’t afford to staff an in-house IT department at all, the solution is a simple one: Partnering with a Managed Services Provider (MSP) for Managed IT services.

How Partnering with a Managed IT Services Provider Can Save the Day

The talent crisis is predicted to get worse over the next five years, but if you partner with an MSP, you can circumvent this issue and gain access to the knowledge offered by highly skilled tech professionals. That’s because MSPs are specifically focused on providing tech services, so they have the budget and the ability to attract the kind of talent their clients (you) need to stay abreast of tech changes — and the competition. Here’s what they can offer:

Challenge: Keeping abreast of changes in technology

Solution: Partnering with an MSP brings the talent you need with the agility you require to meet fluctuating business needs and budget goals.

Challenge: Maintaining quality with limited resources

Solution: An MSP brings a talented workforce to your side to take day-to-day tasks of your plate so you and your team can focus on mission-critical functions.

Challenge: Creating a secure infrastructure and maintaining compliance

Solution: An MSP provides cutting-edge cybersecurity and compliance knowledge that can keep your infrastructure up to date with the latest security patches and technologies and abreast of current threats.

Partnering with a competent Managed IT services provider is a cost-effective way to add value, function, and security to your tech environment, regardless of the size of your organization.

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Your IT infrastructure is at the core of your business operations — and your success. Time-consuming manual processes and frequent equipment downtime can put a serious damper on productivity and contribute to staff — and customer — frustration. And yet, finding the right talent for an in-house IT operation may be difficult, or even impossible, given today’s looming tech talent shortage.

At Doing Better Business, we offer a comprehensive Managed IT services program that can substitute for — or supplement — in-house IT staff, providing the exceptional knowledge and skills you need to keep you infrastructure agile, secure, and ready to meet your changing needs and goals.

Get the tech talent you need the easy way. Contact a representative from Doing Better Business and explore how our Managed IT team can help transform your business.

Topics: Managed Print Services, Managed IT, SMB

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