In the UK, there has been a rather strange simultaneous uptake and downturn in gardening. Across the UK, some are saying that young people and professionals are gardening more than ever, according to articles in The Telegraph and The Guardian. Others are saying that gardening has no interest at all to those under 35, and they see it as a chore they have no interest in doing. Even Alan Titchmarch thinks so.

This seems to point to the conclusion that most people enjoy gardening, when it comes to growing veg, remodelling, or building something new, but they don’t enjoy the ongoing maintenance work to keep it looking good. This is similar to the IT world, IT teams now have more technology at their disposal than ever before, some organisations in the public and private sector can take advantage of Internet of Things, bespoke new applications and Data and Analytics to understand their customer more. While others, are so busy maintaining their existing legacy infrastructure, dealing with daily administration tasks and fixing any issues they have no time to train, innovate or add any new value to the business through IT. There are hundreds if not thousands of organisations across the UK in this position, caught in the bubble of their own IT infrastructure with only the resources to hand to keep it working, not grow it with the business.

As with gardening, sometimes just hiring some external help to deal with maintenance and administration, means that you can find your love for IT by working on the innovative projects and training. Often this investment in managed services means you spend much less resources on admin, and enables you to see your own IT team’s morale improve and add new skills and services to the organisation.

Just like those with a gardener, soon you can invite friends to enjoy your wonderfully designed environment and take full credit for the architecture and innovative design work, whilst knowing your daily admin and maintenance is taken care of by a third party.