Small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) can find themselves hindered from leveraging technological advancements to further the business. Unlike industry giants, they often have to make do with limited IT resources and a smaller budget.
However, for a number of years now, IT outsourcing known as managed services has leveled the playing field. SMBs can now affordably avail of technologies such as cloud services, automation, and remote IT management to accomplish business goals and improve their bottom line.
Let’s take a closer look at the ways managed services providers (MSPs) are helping SMBs grow.
IT expertise at more reasonable rates
Maintaining your own IT department and hiring IT personnel is expensive. And for SMBs, it will be far out of budget to have experts for every need. Fortunately, with MSPs, you won’t need to hire staff to access specialized skills that your current technicians don’t possess. An MSP has a full team of highly experienced IT staff with broad expertise and a variety of certifications available at a fraction of the cost of full-time employees.
Armed with the latest industry practices and techniques, an MSP can optimize and update your enterprise IT infrastructure and keep you up to date with the latest tech advancements. For most companies, this helps to meet technology needs, improve business processes, and hit bottom line goals. But for small companies, there is an added boon: it helps them stay competitive with their larger counterparts.
Comprehensive management of IT assets
An MSP will keep a close watch on your enterprise technology. With tools and experts available round the clock, an MSP implements proactive and preventative IT support and management by remotely monitoring your IT infrastructure 24/7 for issues and opportunities to optimize it.
This includes implementing fixes, scripts, and patches so that issues can be fixed before they disrupt operations, cause downtime, and negatively affect revenue.
Network and data protection
Since cybersecurity risks have never been greater, MSPs apply the same proactive and preventative approach to security. They monitor network, devices, and data traffic for unusual activity and vulnerabilities, so that attacks like breaches and malware can be stopped before they get a chance to do any damage.
Strategic disaster recovery
An MSP can supply your enterprise with a much-needed strategy for today’s businesses — data backup and disaster recovery, which protects your enterprise data and other critical IT assets from cyberattacks and natural disasters. For small businesses that have no budget for sufficient security and usually go out of business within six months of a cyberattack, this is a tremendous improvement. It will ensure that the data and the resources needed to keep the business going are protected and can be restored as quickly as possible when a crisis hits.
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Focus on core competencies
Partnering with an MSP allows your business to channel resources such as money and employees to your core business instead of IT. Imagine outsourcing all of your organization’s IT management to an MSP; issues such as server updates, patch management, and password resetting will no longer take up your employees’ time, so they can focus on business goals and strategic advancements.
An MSP’s predictable monthly fee allows small businesses to avail of expertise, sophisticated IT management, and solutions at an affordable rate. This is because hardware, software, and human resources are bundled together in a convenient package and are made available to companies as a service. This will allow your enterprise to save money and pour capital investments into other projects.
Scalability that matches your growth
MSPs have flexible and budget-friendly plans that allow SMBs to pay only for innovations they want or need. What’s more, companies can cancel any service they no longer require anytime. This allows you to avoid the hassle of investing in software and hardware that your organization will eventually outgrow.
As your business expands, IT resources from managed services can be added to support it. And since an MSP makes its resources such as computing power and data centers available to clients at a monthly fee, your business won’t have to invest in upgrades or make sacrifices because of a limited budget. MSPs can expand its hardware and software solutions to fully fit your requirements and adjust to your needs as time goes on.
Netquest provides proactive solutions through managed services. We continuously monitor your network 24/7/365 to continually know the health of your network and resolve potential issues. By making sure your technology runs smoothly and your business data is protected, you’ll have more time to focus on growing your business. Learn more about our managed services today!
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