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What Is The Difference Between Managed IT Services and Outsourcing?

IT can be confusing, so getting to understand the key differences can be helpful in identifying the right options for your business.

A good IT provider will offer a range of services that can be tailored to your specific circumstances, and your business goals and objectives should be their number one priority.

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Managed Services vs Outsourcing?

Managed IT Services refers to the hiring of a team of dedicated IT professionals who will run your IT department on your behalf. Providing ongoing support and maintenance, for a fixed monthly fee, its aim is to take the pressure off businesses by managing their day-to-day IT needs, ensuring systems are always operating at peak efficiency.


Outsourcing gives businesses access to specialist IT advice, planning and implementation, often used for ad hoc IT tasks or short to medium term projects. With outsourcing, there is generally no ongoing support once the project is complete.

Example Scenarios

  • A warehousing and distribution company with 120 staff are struggling to manage day-day IT tasks and run the business at the same time. Implementing managed IT services would free up key personnel from IT hassles, keep downtime to a minimum, and provide ongoing maintenance and support.
  • An accounting firm needs assistance moving to the cloud. They have internal IT team but lack the capacity and knowledge. Outsourcing would provide the extra resources and expertise to scope, project manage and deliver on budget within the set time-frames.

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