Any large enterprise organization has a wide variety of infrastructure requirements. CFOs must carefully balance IT budgets with the resources and requirements of the company, while ensuring that sufficient IT infrastructure is available to service the company’s greater objectives.
CFOs are — in partnership with CTOs — responsible for ensuring that their company gets the maximum ROI for its IT investment. Keeping that investment in-house, with all the complexity and expense of procuring and managing extensive infrastructure deployments, is often not the best choice in that regard.
Outsourcing that investment to a managed infrastructure provider capable of providing a wide range of infrastructure and management services reduces capital expenses and complexity, and leverages synergies that can contribute to more efficient IT spending.
I’m sure you already understand the key benefits of outsourcing business processes that aren’t strategically relevant to an organization’s core lines of business. IT infrastructure is, of course, a vital component of any modern business, but the purchase and management of that infrastructure is not.
Choosing to outsource infrastructure management to a provider that can offer a one-to-one match for existing IT functions, enhance the value of those functions, and consolidate costs is an unalloyed gain to the organization.
Unless your business is in the business of IT infrastructure management, outsourcing those capabilities to an experienced third-party provider is a clear strategic win.
It’s possible to look at IT infrastructure as a collection of individual components: networks, servers, security services, backup services, and so on. But in reality all of these components function together as a cohesive system, or at least, they should function as a cohesive system.
A failure to achieve the necessary level of cohesion between services imposes a technical deficit — if the various components don’t work together smoothly, you’ll experience degraded performance and a mismatch between goals and outcomes — but also a financial impact: a chunk of the IT budget will be spent mitigating those technical issues.
Choosing a managed infrastructure provider whose services encompass a substantial proportion of the infrastructure and services required, a provider of solutions and not just tools, will help your organization avoid the inevitable complexity of tying together services from many different vendors.
No infrastructure provider can — or wants to be — all things to all organizations. There may be services your business needs that we don’t provide. Throughout our years of providing infrastructure services, we’ve made strong partnerships with numerous business that offer the same level of dedication and expertise that we do.
Together with our partners, we can provide solutions that cover a comprehensive range of business IT needs. For example, we don’t provide in-house backup solutions, but we have partnerships with a number of experienced vendors who can provide that service.
Choosing Steadfast as your managed infrastructure provider will help your company fulfill its strategic goals while allowing it to focus on its core lines of business and rationalize IT spending.