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All Managed Service Providers (MSPs) are not equal, and something as critical to your business as its IT infrastructure cannot be entrusted to just anyone. Here are a few prerequisites to keep in mind during your search for and evaluation of an MSP partner.
Possesses the necessary experience and certifications – An MSP should have the knowledge and expertise to adequately manage your IT environment. Inquire about the experience of their staff, core areas of expertise, and industry certifications.
Companies of all sizes rely on IT to do business. Unfortunately for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), it’s usually cost-prohibitive to have their own in-house IT team to support this technology. That’s why so many outsource the management of their IT to a third-party provider through Managed IT services. But it’s about much more than money—the benefits of partnering with a Managed IT services provider extend beyond your budget.
IT is a critical component of business, and companies are devoting a large portion of their budgets toward it. This trend is expected to grow as we become increasingly reliant on technology in the workplace. This anticipated growth is not limited to large companies—a new update of the Worldwide Semiannual Small and Medium Business Spending Guide from International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts that total IT spending by small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) will approach $568 billion during 2017. Moreover, this number will increase by more than $100 billion to exceed $676 billion by 2021. These statistics show that SMBs recognize the value of IT, with hardware, software, and services helping to improve productivity and keep up with the competition.
As organizations become increasingly more reliant on technology for their day-to-day business operations, IT is a critical area for businesses both large and small. Managing your IT infrastructure is a complex, demanding, and fluid endeavor. It is a task that most companies simply aren’t capable of adequately tackling themselves due to lack of time and resources. Today's IT-driven work environment presents your team with a number of pain points that will inevitably arise.
By outsourcing IT services to a Managed Services vendor, you can alleviate a number of pain points associated with an in-house approach to IT including:
No matter your industry, network connectivity and information technology are almost certainly important to your business. Unfortunately, managing IT internally is often an unnecessary and costly burden. Consider moving to managed IT, where you’ll gain a new competitive edge.
Access to Unbeatable Expertise
Regardless of your business' industry, IT always needs to be managed. Most small businesses can’t afford to hire designated IT staff to manage technology, resulting in a hodge-podge of users clicking through help forums to find solutions to problems as they come up. Even mid-sized businesses will be stuck with IT generalists, responsible for a wide variety of technology issues. The dedicated specialist that comes with Managed IT, on the other hand, will be well-informed about even uncommon issues—no more scrambling to keep up with the latest technology. With Managed IT, you get all the benefits of having a team of experts without having to carry the cost on your own.
Managed IT Services can encompass everything from preventive monitoring and disaster recovery, to remote network management and cloud computing—and much more. All of these components present incredible value to businesses, but many companies hesitate to add IT services out of concern over cost justification. However, research suggests that integrating Managed IT can present substantial financial benefits for your business in a relatively short period of time.
Consider the following financial benefits of incorporating Managed IT services into your current business model.
There aren’t many things quite as important to your business as the health of your IT network. After all, most businesses are dependent on a highly functioning IT network to support daily business operations and store client data. You want to make sure you’re partnering with a managed services provider that prioritizes your IT needs as much as you do.
Peter Drucker, the famed management consultant and self-described social ecologist, once said, “Quality in a service or product is not what you put into it. It is what the client or customer gets out of it.”
Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing a managed IT backup solution.
Peace of mind. Managed IT backup ultimately means less worrying and fewer headaches. This is because with managed backup, you do not have to oversee every detail. On the contrary, neither you nor your customers must be involved in the process, as your data is stored automatically.
Ready, set, go. Backups should be ready even when you’re not. They should restore data and associated systems efficiently, so you can minimize downtime and focus on your business.
Data security leaks come in all shapes and sizes. Many are malicious, whereas others are the result of human error. Regardless of the source or intent, data leaks can be tremendously detrimental to businesses. Consider these findings when assessing just how important data protection actually is:
• Malicious intent is on the rise. Previously, most data leaks resulted from of human error or system glitches. According to Ponemon Institute’s 2013 "Cost of Data Breach Study", 41 percent of data leaks are now criminal attacks, as opposed to 33 percent for human error, and 26 percent for system glitches.
• Criminal attacks cost more. If it wasn’t enough that malicious attacks are now more common than ever, they are also far more costly. A record lost on behalf of a criminal attack will cost, on average, $277.
• Preparation is key. Having a built-in system for data leaks can reduce the cost of a compromised record by as much as $42. Furthermore, reaching out to an outside source for assistance with a breach response can reduce your costs by an average of $13 per compromised record. Be sure to have a plan in place should such an incident arise.
Having a dedicated staff to analyze IT investments is becoming increasingly necessary among businesses of all sizes. Unfortunately, finding a managed IT provider is a big task. With the wrong one, you will end up right where you started. However, productivity and workflow can flourish with the right partner.
For the best possible results, ask these questions when choosing a managed IT provider:
Are you familiar with my industry? This is a simple question that often gets overlooked in the name of convenience. Remember that a managed IT provider will make your life simpler, but the process of finding the right one takes careful planning. Be sure this potential provider is familiar with your workflow style.
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