female employees working together in office
Ensuring female representation in the finance industry
28 April 2023
football field park at night
Apogee invests in state-of-the-art 3G sports pitch for local community
9 May 2023
female employees working together in office
Ensuring female representation in the finance industry
28 April 2023
football field park at night
Apogee invests in state-of-the-art 3G sports pitch for local community
9 May 2023

What are the benefits/ disadvantages of outsourcing for businesses?

Widespread remote and hybrid working practices have piled pressure on IT teams.

Today, IT teams are responsible for ensuring that geographically separated employees have the tools in place to complete their daily tasks. At the same time, security of devices both in and outside the office environment has become paramount to protect against emerging threats such as ransomware.

However, as IT professionals are expected to do more to support their organisation, the technology skills shortage is adding to daily workloads as demand outstrips supply. A shortfall of top IT talent is allowing the most skilled to jump ship to any number of job offers on the table. With retention a clear issue, over two-thirds of UK IT decision-makers (67%) view shortages of tech talent as one of the main threats to their business. It’s time to look externally to address the challenge, support stretched workers and make the most of strained budgets.

Smarter ways of working

Smart outsourcing is the key to smarter ways of working. A managed IT service can take care of time-consuming tasks such as the set up and imaging of new laptops for in-office and remote workers, without the need for skilled in-house teams to take on the job. Staff can access the latest technology, resulting in user downtime being significantly reduced as outdated equipment becomes a thing of the past. A managed service is also highly resilient and more cost-effective as large CAPEX outlays are no longer required. Experts can provide support for substantial roll-outs, both on-site as well as remotely, enabling flexibility.

IT staff are all too aware of the need to secure data stored in work systems. However, skills shortages and overstretched resources can pose a risk to security coverage of IoT devices, including printers. In addition, when it comes to managing these environments, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Teams of experts can complete pro-active monitoring and pre-emptive servicing to ensure uptime and apply the latest patches, updates, and encryption technologies to protect against cyberthreats. Under-pressure staff are able to focus on other business priorities as a result.

Supporting under-fire teams

The IT skills gap not only opens up inefficient ways of working and potential security vulnerabilities, but is placing strain on individuals in the business. Employers can start to free up their workloads and allow them to prioritise other objectives. With smart outsourced services and access to external expertise, organisations can repurpose their existing in-house capabilities, help to fuel business growth, and ensure that strained budgets are spent wisely in times of economic tension.

- Aurelio Maruggi, CEO, Apogee Corporation

Latest insights

21 February 2024

How to reduce employee attrition in the hybrid working world

With a fifth of UK workers at high risk of leaving their jobs in 2024, and a further 12% expecting to leave before 2026, it’s increasingly clear that staff retention strategies require a rethink. Flexible working will be crucial for reducing turnover – providing, of course, that it is implemented effectively.
12 February 2024

Want stronger data security? Invest in smoother hybrid working

Though high employee satisfaction is a benefit associated with hybrid working, many CIOs are still hesitant to invest in tools for easing digital collaboration – despite the fact that this tech would also enable them to tackle persistent issues concerning data security.

Keep up to date with all the latest in Managed Print Services.