Why in-house IT teams need support too

Senior Support Analyst

Fav thing about the office

Cheesecake Wednesdays

As a child I wanted to be a ... when I grew up

Solicitor

Guilty Pleasure(s)

Gu Puds

Favourite Holiday

2 weeks in Florida

If I had a superpower it would be...

Definitely flying

Describe yourself in three words or less

Lots of Energy

An interesting fact about me

I was once the South Ribble Chess Champion.

Likes

Exercise, Muay Thai, Singin' in the rain

Favourite Band

Its not about the artist its about the style

Karaoke Jam

Vengabus- Vengaboys

What I do at Q2Q:

I head up the IT support team.

On a daily basis I work on resolving IT issues for our clients. My skill set tends to adapt according to the current needs of our customers, from solving basic matters like fixing a printer through to more complex server infrastructure deployment. I am also often out on site visiting customers that are in need of an IT saviour.

Within the team, I work on the proposals for new and existing customers, and ensure we all work together to implement the solutions we propose.

I enjoy overseeing new projects so that, when clients evolve, we can ensure their growth, office move and/or induction of a new team member, is as seamless as possible from an IT perspective.

I also drive the rest of the team insane with my singing!

Background and Achievements

I joined the Q2Q team when they were part of the I.T. department for the Tulchan Group 14+ years ago. This was my first full-time role straight of out A-levels. I have enjoyed being part of the company and watching it grow from 3 members of staff to a blossoming 10.

I find it hard to pin point specific achievements as one of my values personally is to always exceed your own expectations. My wife would say being a great Dad to my two boys.

A great achievement for me is getting 76 miles to the gallon on the motorway and being able to finally grow stubble.

Hobbies and Interests

I aim to train in Muay Thai twice a week and religiously go to the gym every day I can.

I can juggle and have always wanted to learn knife throwing.

In-house or outsourced? That’s the question facing a lot of SMEs. Not just in IT, but across a multitude of areas.

 

For larger companies, it makes sense to have in-house IT support, while smaller firms with less resources are frequently looking to outsource their needs. For those businesses in the middle though, the answer is often somewhere in between.

We recently looked at in-house vs. outsourced IT support, but the question is whether your own tech solutions need to be so black and white. Could adding a third-party IT ‘bolt-on’ provide the ideal balance?

A cost-effective way to expand your current resource

As your SME grows, your IT department will inevitably need to grow too. It may be that you’ve recently identified the need for additional support but are reluctant to commit the extra time and money required to recruit, train and pay for a new member of staff.

Third-party IT companies work hard to find and retain the brightest and best in their field, and in turn service users have access to such experts without the hefty price-tag. In short, an outsourced IT partner can provide a convenient and affordable way to bolster your existing IT resource.

Free up internal resources

There’s no denying that your internal IT specialist will find themselves called upon for all manner of day-to-day tech queries from their colleagues. Whether it’s fixing printer paper jams or looking into a faulty WiFi connection, if your own employees find themselves caught up in the minutiae of office IT, they can sometimes struggle to make time for their actual job.  

Although it’s helpful for businesses to create consistency and a go-to IT support ‘face’ for their staff, by providing that person with a support network of their own, the breadth of your overall resource will flourish. Adding external IT support to your current solution means you have a multitude of experts – with a larger knowledge base – at your disposal.

This wealth of expertise can provide SMEs with specialised skillsets in numerous fields, rather than having a jack-of-all-trades left to manage all things IT.  

Worry-free holiday and sickness leave

If you have a relatively small internal support team to begin with, it can be a real headache to organise cover around planned leave, never mind unexpected time off. Third-party IT support – in whatever guise you choose – has the added benefit of providing a safety net 24/7, no matter how big or small the issue.

As a contingency plan, SMEs are increasingly turning to preventative maintenance services which are designed to support existing IT departments. Working in the background, Q2Q’s proactive monitoring solution, for example, ensures system issues are identified and resolved, before they can cause problems. This approach creates a second or third line of support, resulting in a robust uptime strategy that keeps SMEs running, come rain or shine.

Many hands make light work

One or two in-house support staff often means longer response times when it comes to problem-solving. If it’s not a quick fix, SMEs can soon find their employees – or entire business – out of action. If your workforce finds their IT support M.I.A, it can lead to frustration and disengagement.

While your own employees can remain on the front line to reassure colleagues that the problem is in-hand, remote support ensures you’re getting ‘all hands to the pump’ in terms of problem-solving. Often meaning you’re back up-and-running much quicker.

The best of both worlds

It goes without saying that no one knows your company better than the people who live and breathe it day-to-day. In-house IT teams have a deeper understanding of your network, systems and setup. In addition, they know how to deal with common problems quickly and are well-versed when it comes to the intricacies of company politics.

At the same time, an outsourced solution can bring a vast array of knowledge and expertise – ensuring a far more varied and specialised skillset when it comes to tackling more complex tasks, without the hassle of recruitment.

The solution? By adding third-party support to your existing team, you’ll be getting the best of both worlds without doubling the cost.

If you’re looking to explore managed IT support, give us a call on 01524 581690 to chat through your needs.

Why in-house IT teams need support too