Outsource the Service Desk

If your outsourcing project is driven by cost alone, you will fail.


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Your Challenge

  • Significant administrative work and up-front costs are required to outsource the service desk, and poor planning often results in project failure and decreases in end-user satisfaction.
  • A complete turnover of the service desk can result in lost knowledge and control over processes.
  • The service desk represents all of IT. Its processes are critical to the effective and timely delivery of IT services.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • If you are outsourcing only to save money, you will fail. The goal of outsourcing should be to improve key service metrics, not reduce costs.
  • Don’t sweep your service desk problems under the outsourcing rug. Poor processes won’t disappear by outsourcing; they’ll merely be relocated. Take the time to define processes and standardize workflows before outsourcing.
  • Don’t let the outsource service provider dictate your services and service levels. Set clear expectations for service up-front, and have an exit strategy in case service levels are not met.

Impact and Result

  • Outsourcing should ultimately be motivated by the end-user experience; cutting costs should not come at the expense of a drop in service quality.
  • A maturity assessment will help determine whether or not outsourcing is applicable for the current state of your service desk.
  • Design a comprehensive outsourcing strategy in order to support the development of a detailed RFP.
  • Evaluate RFP responses using a detailed interview process. Working with your top candidate before you sign a contract will allow you to determine a cultural match between both parties.

Outsource the Service Desk

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should focus on value when outsourcing your service desk, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.


Assess service desk maturity and outsourcing feasibility

Determine whether outsourcing is the correct choice for improving your service desk.


Build outsourcing strategy and RFP

Create a detailed outsourcing strategy and capture that message in a comprehensive RFP in order to secure a quality group of respondents.


Execute and manage the transition

Evaluate your RFP responses and make your selection, then complete the transition to an outsourced service desk.

Onsite Workshop

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Onsite workshops offer an easy way to accelerate your project. If you are unable to do the project yourself, and a Guided Implementation isn't enough, we offer low-cost onsite delivery of our project workshops. We take you through every phase of your project and ensure that you have a roadmap in place to complete your project successfully.

Module 1: Prepare Your Service Desk for Outsourcing

The Purpose

  • Assess your service desk maturity.
  • Develop a plan for preparing for outsourcing.
  • Assess the cost of outsourcing.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Improved service desk maturity.
  • Clear definition of outsourcing project structure.
  • Understanding of total cost of outsourcing.



Assess service desk maturity.

  • Service Desk Maturity Assessment


Design your tiered service desk.

  • Service Desk Cost Estimate


Create an outsourcing decision matrix.


Complete a service desk feasibility assessment.

Module 2: Develop Your Outsourcing Strategy

The Purpose

  • Prepare an outsourcing strategy based on the current and future state of the service desk.
  • Identify goals and objectives, risks, constraints, and metrics.  

Key Benefits Achieved

  • A clear vision for what your outsourced service desk seeks to achieve and how you are going to achieve it.



Identify roles and responsibilities.

  • Outsourcing Strategy


Identify goals and objectives.


Outline potential risks and constraints.


Define tension metrics to balance reporting.

Module 3: Develop Your Outsourcing RFP

The Purpose

  • Build a comprehensive RFP based on the outputs of your strategy and the activities in this module.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Identification of current and future requirements.
  • Distinction made between outsourced and retained services.
  • Detailed RFP to ensure respondents are the right-sized fit. 



Identify current and future requirements.

  • Service Desk Outsourcing RFP


Outline ITSM solution requirements.


Define in-house and retained service desk functions.


Complete RFP.

Module 4: Select a Managed Service Provider and Manage the Transition

The Purpose

  • Develop a process for evaluating RFP responses, selecting an outsourcing partner, and managing the transition.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Defined evaluation process for RFP responses.
  • Clear exit conditions.
  • Identification of roles for both parties involved.



Develop interview questions for candidate managed service providers and client references.

  • MSP Interview Script
  • Client Reference Interview Script


Score RFP responses.

  • RFP Scoring Summary


Identify roles and responsibilities.


Develop exit strategy.

  • Exit Strategy