IT staff are are an unnecessary cost for most small and medium sized businesses argues Ray Allen, founder of Third Way IT, an Oxford based company helping organizations make more use of web based applications.
"Now that business email, calendars, intranet and document management are being offered as web applications by the likes of Google, the need to run expensive and complicated server hardware is diminishing. Moreover, by accessing these services through a web browser, the need to run managed desktop computers is diminishing too."
Ray Allen is a strong advocate of BYOD, or 'bring your own device' which requires staff to use an allowance to buy their own IT equipment. "Not only does this keep maintenance costs down for the business, it also means that staff are more productive, working with the technology that fits their needs."
So what will this mean for IT staff? Ray Allen argues that they will need to specialize. "There will still be a requirement from business for developing websites, building bespoke applications, automating tasks and managing data, but the days of having a techie whose job it was to tell you to turn your computer off and back on again are numbered."
Ray Allen is the founder of Third Way IT, a UK based startup working with SMEs to lower their IT costs . You can contact Ray Allen on 0843 289 0462