Usually, companies are not very interested in IT and technology, unless it’s their way of making money. So what are they interested in? They’re interested in using and expanding their core competencies, making money in the process. As long as IT helps them sell their products and services, they don’t care about the ins and outs of IT.
Allow us to elaborate on that. Nowadays IT is obviously very important to every company. Where would a company (or any individual in the western world, for that matter) be without email or Google? The thing is: people don’t care about IT as long as it does the job it is supposed to do, which is to offer permanent functionality.
What if it doesn’t? In that case, companies would lose money. They would need to make calls to help desks, providers and hosters, hire IT staff or tweak their infrastructures themselves. Needless to say, this is time and money that they cannot afford to invest in their core business. So what do we see? We see a boom of companies that put one and one together – IT and permanent functionality – and that offer their expertise to companies that need IT ‘as a commodity’.
The result of this is that a lot of business functionality is offered as a service. These services include Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and so on. On top of this you also have your hosting and datacenter specialists, who are able to provide their ‘as-a-service-providers’ as well as their clients with the best possible service. This is not only because of the economy of scale, but also because of their expertise.
Hosting providers and the datacenters like EvoSwitch behind them typically have specialists on every subject – if they know what they are doing! In that case their clients can be sure that by outsourcing their IT they can profit from optimal uptime, maximum security and up-to-date expertise from certified staff. They can be sure that they have enough space for their servers (colocation), always have the most recent and extensive software packages (suites, daily patches and updates), have access to the cloud (redundant setup, scalability) and work energy-efficiently (low PUE, green computing).
As a result of all of this, outsourcing is booming. This is because it assures functionality and saves money; it’s as simple as that. Recently, Gartner stated that by 2013 over 70% of all organizations will no longer own IT-assets. Indeed, IT is increasingly considered to be a means to an end. In our opinion the conclusions are pretty straight forward: unless your core business is IT, you should not own IT.
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