The most compelling advantage of partnering with a managed services provider (MSP) is increased efficiency. We’ll explore this in detail later, but first, let’s define what an MSP is.
Every company today is a technology company. Modern businesses can no longer thrive without technology like data, social media, and cybersecurity. MSPs are also technology companies. The difference is, they are third-party multisolutions IT companies that take care of most, if not all, of a client’s IT needs. Small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) typically don’t have an IT team or department dedicated to managing and optimizing their technology or IT infrastructure. An MSP fills that gap with a pricing model that’s attractive to most SMBs.
Here are five ways an MSP can keep business technology efficient:
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Proactive problem-solving and monitoring
Whether you’re an SMB or a large company, there will always be IT problems. Traditional IT repair services are break/fix, meaning they repair your IT infrastructure only when there is a problem with it. They typically don’t address IT issues until they have done serious damage. This is not good for business. An MSP’s pro-active maintenance services keep productivity optimal or business operations running. They address issues before they escalate into major problems and keep technology running efficiently.
Proactive monitoring can also stop threats before they have a chance to infiltrate and damage network systems or data. Threats like malware can be a serious risk to your business or slow it down. An array of cybersecurity solutions such as security patches, email protection, intrusion prevention systems, firewalls, and encryption software, coupled with security monitoring, keeps business-critical technology safe and running without a hitch.
This level of care for an IT infrastructure is costly and involves a lot of work. MSPs cut through this barrier by making full-time IT experts and cutting-edge technology available at affordable monthly rates.
Dedicated update management
Regularly updating software can be a hassle. Oftentimes, employees ignore them, leaving them vulnerable to cyberattacks such as ransomware and data breaches. MSPs ensure that systems are always up to date with the latest software and firmware patches. They will even manage patches for other entry points such as mobile devices and third-party apps.
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Cutting-edge innovations and full-time expertise
By partnering with an MSP, SMBs can make the jump from legacy business technology to the cutting-edge. They can access technology that meets the present and future business goals of your company. Before MSPs, this was only attainable by large companies. Now, SMBs can have that and their very own experts who live and breath technology.
Technology and expertise available through an MSP can be scaled up or down according to the business’s budget. This is efficient because IT services align with a company’s requirements instead of the other way around. An SMB with a tight budget will not get derailed by surprise costs that may take away funds from other needs of the business.
Top-notch MSPs provide disaster recovery and data backup solutions so business technology can recover in the event of a disaster such as an outage, a hack, or a hurricane. An MSP can evaluate your IT infrastructure and recommend strategies and solutions that can store and make a recovery of data and systems so your technology can be up and running at the quickest time possible, with data restored to a state before disaster struck.
Let Spectrumwise optimize your business technology. Aside from our team of experts, our solutions like virtualization, network security, IT consulting, cloud services, and more will help your business work more efficiently and put you well ahead of the curve. Contact us today.