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Outsourcing Your IT – Why it’s SUCH a good idea for SMEs
In the small to medium-sized enterprise market, the last few years have seen the once-ubiquitous IT department gradually losing popularity as more and more businesses decide to outsource their IT support and rely on off-site providers for security, storage and networking solutions. According to datacenterjournal.com, IT outsourcing is at his highest percentage for 5 years – and although it seems that the number of functions that are being outsourced is not increasing, the volume of work sent to outside service providers is.
There are many reasons why IT outsourcing can give you an advantage over having an on-site IT department although probably the most important one is financial. Hiring IT professionals as full-time staff can be very costly, especially if your infrastructure is large and you require several people to keep it running. Contracting out means that you can end up paying far less for the same level of expertise over time, as well as saving money on equipment.
And expertise is what it’s all about. Assuming you are not yourself an IT company, chances are that you are far better at running and organising your own business than you are at maintaining its IT infrastructure, and unless you already have someone with that skillset on board, you’re going to have to either hire in or train existing staff, both of which can be costly and time-consuming. Outsourcing allows you to access that same level of expertise without having to increase headcount or retrain large amounts of your own staff.
Basically, unless you already have it covered, IT support is a distraction. You will be far too busy dealing with the actual business end of your enterprise to give it the attention it deserves. If you can rely on a trained professional to be on hand to ensure that the nuts and bolts of the operation are all in functional order, then you can dedicate yourself and your team to ensuring that your business is a success.
Professional racing drivers don’t tend to get under the hoods of their vehicles themselves- their talent is in driving the car, not calibrating the engine. And applying similar logic to your IT needs can similarly allow you to reach the finish line just that little bit faster.
Call us today to discuss your business IT requirements, and we’ll take the tech strain and let you get back to worrying about your bottom line. Call 01279 800039, or fill in our online contact form by visiting our IT support services page here.
GDPR – ICO Takes Action Against Organisations That Have Failed To Pay New Data Protection Fee
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) only came into force 5 months ago, on 25th May 2018, and already the ICO have begun taking action against organisations.
Last month, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced that it is taking formal action against 34 organisations under the GDPR, for failing to pay the new data protection fee for 2018. These organisations, that include financial services, recruitment companies and NHS bodies, could face a fine of up to £4,000 should they fail to pay the fee.
A data protection fee is the annual cost that companies must pay to the ICO, and this fee varies between £40 and £2,900 per year. This was also the case under the Data Protection Act 1998. Where organisations that collect and handle personal data had to pay an annual registration fee to the ICO.
Under the General Data Protection Regulation, the yearly fee you pay depends on the size of your organisation. Micro-organisations will pay an annual fee of £40, SMEs (small and medium-sized organisations) will pay a £60 fee, while large organisations will pay £2,900 for the year.
The notices of intent to the 34 organisations were sent last month, and these organisations had 21 days to respond with payment. If they pay the fee, action from the ICO will stop. Failure to pay the fee will result in a fine, which will range between £400 and £4,000, and again, this will depend on the size of your business.
How Ghost Can Help?
If you’re worried about how GDPR will affect your business, you can get in contact with Ghost. Ghost are experienced GDPR experts, and have partnered with our friends at IT Governance to provide GDPR Consultancy, Assessment and Compliance services to local businesses in Essex, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.
Take the first steps towards GDPR compliancy by contacting 39 Degress on 01279 800039 and speaking directly with one of our data protection experts. You can find out more about our GDPR Consultancy services by visiting our GDPR page.