As much as business technology and IT can do for you, it can quickly get complicated and problematic. Without the right expertise on staff or the right support on hand, IT can present a number of key challenges.
IT – and really, any technology inside or out of the business world – can be a double-edged sword. The right technology can make your work life easier and simplify tasks.
But when it’s not working right? IT can become a nightmare, slowing you down at every step in your daily business processes, costing extra money to diagnose and fix, and stressing you out along the way.
At their very core, this is why Managed Services are so great – they’re designed to give you every benefit of IT, with none of the headaches. You outsourced the management of your business technology so that don’t have to worry about it.
In action, Managed Services solve the following IT problems for you:
Protect Your Business
Security is one of the most important aspects of technology. After all, The fact is that the cybercrime business has never been bigger – it’s estimated that the global cybercrime industry will cause up to $6 trillion in damages in just a few years.
You don’t need to be told how important something like cybersecurity is – it’s obvious after all. Everyone knows the consequences of unsecured business technology. However, your cybersecurity may not be up to snuff. Not because you don’t think it’s important, but because you have other things on your mind.
While technology evolves and data expands, the number of ways your IT network can be compromised increases. But to make sure your offsite server is secure, it must be continuously monitored and assessed. Your IT company can provide security services, advise you on the credentials of vendors, and conduct ongoing risk assessments to identify network vulnerabilities.
Simplify The Cloud
You may know about the cloud, and you may want to use it for your work. But doing so without the right expertise can make the migration a tedious process, and the ongoing management can come with downtime and security risks. Many businesses find it difficult to keep up with the latest advances in technology. Outsourcing your IT to a local IT company provides easy access to the latest technology so you can be more competitive in this technology-driven world.
Furthermore, with an IT company, these solutions are less expensive than you if you purchased them yourself. Most IT companies have partnerships with vendors and can provide new technologies at a reduced cost.
Plan Your IT Effectively
As your business grows, your IT needs grow as well. If you’re “flying by the seat of your pants”, then do you really think that your IT will keep up with your business?
It all starts with a plan. Your business, and the technical infrastructure it relies on have to be ready to grow when needed. This means software, hardware, and anything else you use to get work done.
Keep in mind that new service offerings often come with significant upgrades or new software. Your IT company can provide the flexibility you need to change your products/services or add new ones when required.
Keeping Your Data Backed Up
The best way to protect against data loss is to implement and regularly test a cloud backup solution.
The fact is that redundancy is the key to a solid data backup plan. There are two main types of backup solutions; onsite and offsite. The only truly reliable protection against cybercrime and human error are cloud backups.
In fact, the world is catching on to how effective cloud backup really is. According to Acronis’ 2019 World Backup Day Survey, 48.3% of surveyed businesses already use a cloud-based backup exclusively, and an additional 26.8% use a combination of cloud and onsite backup.
You may know that it’s important to back up your data, but knowing something and actually doing it are two different things, right? As with everything else on this list, either you need to do them, or you need to let someone do it for you – via Managed Services.
Eliminating Paper Waste
Hard copy documentation is expensive, vulnerable and tedious to manage. If your important files only exist in hard copy in a filing cabinet somewhere, then you’re asking for something to go wrong.
Why should you bother paying for the paper these documents are printed on? Why should you waste your time looking for that one file in one of your many filing cabinets? Why should you risk a fire or flood ruining your records?
Properly implemented IT solutions can help you keep your paper usage to a minimum. Multifunction printers can make it easy to scan and digitize documents. Digital storage will let you save these documents, and search thousands of files at once for that one specific one you need. Keeping your documentation in the cloud will allow you to secure it against onsite disasters, and access it from wherever you need to.
Best of all, managed services can maintain all of this for you. You don’t have to worry about configuring your scanner to send digital documents to your laptop over Wi-Fi. You don’t have to worry about maintaining uptime on your cloud storage. Managed Services will take care of it all for you.
So, at their most basic, what’s the point of Managed Services?
They make sure that your technology works properly, without you having to do anything about it. Problems are prevented, daily management is outsourced, and you enjoy the benefits offered by well-maintained IT – simple as that.
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