8 Ways Managed IT Services Can Benefit Small Businesses
Businesses small and large are becoming more reliant on their IT for everything from customer relationship management to marketing. However, maintaining an in-house IT department that’s large enough to fulfill every technology goal of your business is thoroughly impractical.
Managed IT services providers (MSPs) are a better alternative. MSPs help you overcome the limitations of your IT department by giving you access to a broad array of talent at a fraction of the cost. Here are a few ways we’ve helped small businesses right here in Saint Paul.
#1. Reduce Labor Costs
Computers might be getting easier to use, but that doesn’t mean that the underlying infrastructure of a corporate network is any less complex. By outsourcing the bulk of your computing infrastructure to an MSP, you’ll greatly reduce the need for the on-premises expertise needed to look after your technology. In fact, by enrolling with an MSP, small businesses can negate the need of an in-house IT department entirely.
#2. Eliminate Recurring Issues
Recurring issues with IT are the bane of productivity in the modern workplace, but it doesn’t have to be this way. By working with an IT consulting firm and MSP, you’ll be able to permanently address issues and proactively prevent them from occurring in the first place. That’s because MSPs are bound by their service level agreements (SLAs) to offer a certain standard of service.
#3. Boost Efficiency
A successful business is largely characterized by its ability to make the best possible use out of the resources available to it. Depending on your approach, technology can make or break the efficient operation of your workplace. By working with an MSP, your employees will be able to focus on core business processes instead of worrying about managing the supporting technology.
#4. Improve Security
Did you know that small businesses are the favorite target for hackers? That’s because they tend to offer a much more attractive reward-to-effort ratio than individuals and large businesses. However, outsourcing an additional layer of cybersecurity to an MSP allows you to take advantage of enterprise-level technology that would otherwise be prohibitively expensive to implement in-house.
#5. Enable Mobility
Workforce mobility has become one of the defining trends of the modern business environment. The days of being tied to a desk-bound workstation are long gone. Today, employees expect and need the freedom to work on the move and at home using a wide variety of different devices. The cloud services offered by MSPs are available everywhere to offer your business easy access to apps and data.
#6. Implement New Technology
Even a small corporate network and in-house data center is expensive to operate and even more expensive to upgrade. However, the ability to keep up with the latest technology is crucial for maintaining your competitive edge. Migrating to the cloud allows you to use the latest technology without investing in expensive upgrades that will only need to be replaced in a few years’ time anyway.
#7. Simplify Disaster Recovery
Operating an on-premises IT environment is a perfect example of placing all your eggs in one basket. Should disaster strike your workplace, or a hacker compromise your data center, your business could end up facing disaster. If, however, you’re reliant on a cloud-based infrastructure, you’ll be able to sleep easy knowing that your systems and data are stored safely off-site in multiple geographic locations.
#8. Meet Compliance Regulations
Is your intrusion detection system up to date? Are your firewalls running properly? Are you meeting the latest security standards? These are just some of the questions you need to think about when it comes to meeting compliance regulations such as HIPAA and PCI-DSS. Becoming compliant is neither optional nor straightforward, and that’s why it’s always better to leave it to the experts provided by an MSP.
Most smaller organizations simply cannot afford to match the in-house IT support enjoyed by large enterprises. However, by partnering with Vodigy Technologies, you can propel your business into the next age of innovation. Call us today to get started!