Have you considered outsourcing some or all of your IT functions or systems? If so, you’re not alone; companies are increasingly turning to third-party vendors to manage and maintain their IT services because they lack the internal bandwidth and/or stratagem to do so.

In fact, more than 60 percent of IT leaders plan to invest in outsourced managed services over the next two years, according to a 2014 survey conducted by the American Digital Corporation. Overall, the global managed IT services market is slated to grow at a CAGR of nearly 10 percent from 2013-2018, according to TechNavio.

A number of competitive benefits are driving companies to outsource IT in swarms. For example, third-party vendors can offer more profitable, low-cost deals and better subject matter experts for particular jobs, like legacy modernization projects. But you can’t trust any old vendor with migrating your traditional systems and functions.

Some are unfortunately more interested in pocketing your cash then strategically guiding your organization toward success. As a trusted IT resource to a number of clients, we advise you keep the following in mind when choosing to outsource legacy modernization:

  • It’s okay not to migrate certain applications: Depending on the nature of a certain application or function, it can be better to leave it in place. If you’re focusing on keeping maintenance costs low, consider which applications or functions you can temporarily keep as is and which are more urgent to move within your modernization project.
  • The right vendor should assist you with everything from A to Z: A managed provider should be willing and able to support your organization past the basics of your modernization project. So, a critical question to ask is how deep the vendor’s scope of expertise is. For example, can it help with initial strategizing as well as other business initiatives post-modernization, like business intelligence and enterprise mobility? Look for a provider that offers soup-to-nuts capabilities.
  • Don’t revise more than you need to: A strategic IT vendor, with your best interests in mind, will likely allow you to revise or customize its software to fit your business’ specific requirements (revising in this way can enable new functions to be added faster). However, understand that too much of a good thing can sometimes be bad; revising too much can become costly in the long run. 

We’re thrilled that you’ve come across our blog here at AAJ Tech, and we hope that you keep the conversation going with our team of experts. As a full-service IT resource, we take pride in assisting our customers with everything from strategy to mobile application development to cloud computing. Our clients enjoy everything from stronger operations to increased profitability. Even if it’s unrelated to a legacy modernization project, we stand ready to help optimize your IT operations in a way that maximizes cost efficiencies and boosts your competitive advantage.