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Why Mid-Market Clients Need to Consider Outsourcing Their IT

The previous article outlined the basics of what clients need to know about outsourcing IT for the mid-market. This article however is focussed on why mid-market clients are benefitting more from outsourced IT strategies than their larger counterparts. Mid-market clients are an increasingly important market for companies such as Acora, where they provide a unique challenge to the UK IT outsource provider.

Different Needs

Large companies, although the first kind to take advantage of IT outsourcing, have seen a decline in the effectiveness of taking their IT problems off site in comparison to mid-market businesses. One major factor in this is that the size of the company determines the needs of its IT departments, and many larger companies further compartmentalise the departments as part of their outsourcing strategy. Mid-market companies however, have a tendency to just overhaul the entire IT infrastructure in one go.

Splitting up their IT needs into the help desk, applications and then hardware, increases the cost of handing over control to IT outsourcing in the long run, although in the first instance it might seem cheaper. At each stage technicians from the outsourcing provider will have to come in, make an assessment and then action the new strategy rather than just create an all-encompassing one from the start.

A State of Transition

Another factor that has resulted in mid-market companies seeing an increase in cost effectiveness for outsourced IT is that they tend to be in a transitional state. Growth, acquisitions or even IPOs can result in excess strain on a company’s IT system. This leaves mid-market companies with the options to either pay for an upgrade and redesign the in house IT department, or use an outsourcing provider instead. Usually the latter option is the cheapest, and will be advantageous for the future.

What can an outsourcing provider like Acora offer mid-market companies? Check back soon to find out.

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Welcome to Acora’s Wordpress page, where you will find news and posts based on the company. Acora is an IT services provider, with expertise in advisory services, IT outsourcing and business applications. It has been operating since 1986, and has grown year on year, now employing around 17560 IT professionals across three sites. This company has achieved three ISO standards, relating to delivering managed services, best practice for an information security management system and quality management systems. It has also achieved a British Standard for business continuity management. Acora’s IT advisory services encompass IT strategy, IT governance and application transformation. IT strategy consultancy involves ascertaining the client’s business objectives and then ensuring that they have the necessary IT functions in place to support their plans. As the rate of change within the IT industry is ever accelerating, Acora recognises that all IT strategies need to be agile and flexible so that they can quickly be updated in line with new developments. The unique Triple-A agile approach has been developed to get results more quickly, so that clients can immediately have confidence that the strategy is paying off. Effort is concentrated on areas which can provide maximum value. In the area of IT governance, Acora helps clients to establish sound IT practices which improve service levels and ensures that its IT assets are used to best advantage. It uses a practical IT governance framework, which leads to effective and sustainable IT governance. Application transformation is the art of transitioning from an old IT application to a new one - Acora provides expert guidance in this, applying its extensive experience to help organisations that wish to renew or replace mission critical business applications. It works with clients so that changes of application become strategic and proactive rather than tactical and reactive. The company also takes its corporate responsibilities seriously, and regularly organises fund raising days to support a diverse range of charities. Good causes which they have supported include Children in Need, Alzheimer’s’ research and the British Heart Foundation. Events arranged for 2015 include a tea party arranged in support of Marie Curie, and a team from Acora is taking on the Three Peaks Challenge.

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