Every business leader wants to be able to focus on the things that are important to him or her, whether that’s developing a neglected product line, growing the business through investments, or expanding the business with additional focus in marketing and sales. Whatever your goal, it requires energy and time to be successful.

How much energy is your IT department using?

Business growth typically requires the growth of your business infrastructure. The capabilities of your IT systems and your IT department, if you have one, are integral to the success of your business’s transition.

Many business owners think about managed services for the first time when it is time to grow the business. One of the reasons for this is that managed services can adapt very quickly to your changing needs. It’s very easy to scale your required services up and down. This means that you can save money by not paying for services that you don’t need.

Even businesses that already have an IT department or IT professionals in place, invest in managed IT services at a time of transition.

If have an IT department and you’d like to know whether they are performing as well as they could, consider the following scenarios.

* If you discover that your business has an IT issue on Friday and there is still a problem on Monday morning, you should consider getting some help. Just because many businesses run 9-5, Monday to Friday, doesn’t mean that your IT can afford to go offline too. Go with someone who can repair, monitor, and maintain the integrity of your system 24/7/365.

* Likewise, if an IT problem causes your business to go offline for several days, you want to seriously consider upgrading the skills of your team. A lost day of sales can amount to hundreds or thousands in lost revenue. It’s also bad for morale and brand image.

In either of these scenarios, if you had to call your IT department, you want to consider getting help. With a good managed IT services firm, many issues are resolved before you even notice any effects. In the event that it was not possible to prevent an issue pro-actively or to repair an issue immediately, your IT experts will get in touch with you with all the information you need to keep running your business.

If you think that your IT or your IT department could do with an overhaul, talk with a trusted IT consultant for an honest assessment based on your needs and goals. If you’re considering growing your business, managed IT services can provide you with the support to succeed.