When you’re running a business, your IT services are imperative for the smooth running of your operation. However, they can also be costly.
One way to lower the costs of your IT services, without compromising on technology or safety, is by enlisting the help of a managed IT services provider. Not only will they provide you with valuable expertise that you can use to help grow your business, but they will also save you money.
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Allows you to focus on your main business
Unless you are actually running an IT business, the chances are that your IT services aren’t what’s most important to you.
You know that they are important for helping you to provide the service that you need to provide, but they are also not really where you want to be focusing your attention.
Leaving your IT services in the hands of experts frees up your time to focus on the things that you’re good at, which ultimately means that your business has a greater chance of thriving.
Managed IT services providers will also take on all of the HR responsibilities for their staff, which takes a lot of responsibility out of your business. It’s recommended that line managers spend 6 hours per week with their direct reports if they want to get the most out of them. That’s a lot of extra time if you’re running an entire IT team in-house!
One of the advantages of using a managed services provider is that it affords you greater flexibility to scale your business up and down as you need to.
Say, for example, you need a lot of extra IT staff for a fixed period while you complete a particular project, or when you are experiencing growth in other areas of your business. If you were to hire in house staff to meet this requirement, the chances are that you would be left with staff that you didn’t really need once the requirement was no longer there.
If you use an MSP, you have the flexibility to request more or less staff, as you need them.
MSPs are staffed by experts in their field, and by working with them you can take advantage of that knowledge.
Working with an MSP, in particular when you are creating your infrastructure strategy, means that you have access to people who have worked with a wide range of technologies in a wide range of sectors to help you make the best strategic decisions.
Reduce the risk of hacks
Cyberattacks are a serious threat to businesses. It’s estimated that cyberattacks can cost in the region of $200,000 each time they occur, which is enough to put small companies out of business.
MSPs will be able to help you to keep up to date with your cybersecurity strategy, ensuring that it is robust, as well as offering comprehensive out of hours monitoring to keep your business safe.
They can also help you with things like educating staff members and ensuring that any new developments you undertake are secure.