No matter the size or industry of your business, chances are you’re always on the lookout for ways to improve efficiency, increase profits, and keep expenses under control. And given the constant disruption and economic uncertainty these days, achieving those things has become more challenging than ever.
Managed IT services help you stay focused on the things that matter most by turning IT from a necessary expense into an invaluable asset that drives growth. These hosted services might include anything from simple cloud-based apps that help with day-to-day tasks to large and complex projects like data center solutions and asset management.
Here are seven proven benefits of these solutions:
1. Reduce capital expenses
Capital expenses associated with IT can be enormous. Servers and high-end workstations or laptops don’t come cheap, and then there’s the constant need for upgrades, maintenance and repairs. Plus, there are major labor costs involved in keeping IT systems up and running. Building a fully equipped and staffed in-house IT department, in particular, is far beyond the financial capabilities of most small- and medium-sized businesses. Using virtual hosted desktops, servers and cloud storage instead consolidates all of your most expensive hardware into a software-based infrastructure for a fixed monthly fee.
2. Stop relying on break/fix support
The break/fix support model can be unpredictable and disruptive. For example, if an in-house server goes offline, you often end up being stuck waiting for a technician to come and resolve the problem. Meanwhile, employees are left unable to do their jobs, and customers end up frustrated by the disruption too. Hosted solutions are instead proactively managed and supported, with any maintenance and repair costs covered by your contact.
3. Accommodate remote workforces
Remote work is booming, and not just because of the ongoing pandemic. Studies have shown time and again that, for many people, remote work affords a better work-life balance, improves productivity, and reduces costs. These are just some of the reasons why some companies no longer even maintain a traditional office at all. Hosted solutions like virtual desktops and cloud-based apps keep your remote workers connected regardless of their physical locations and the devices they’re using.
4. Enhance your security posture
Every organization is a potential target for attackers, hence the need for enterprise-grade IT security systems. But with chief information security officers (CISOs) commanding six-figure salaries and the need for 24/7 surveillance and proactive support, they’re simply impossible for smaller organizations to acquire. Hosted cybersecurity services can take care of your security and compliance obligations for you, thus reducing risk and freeing up valuable time for you and your employees.
5. Guarantee business continuity
Hosted IT services are largely software-defined, which means you can effectively back up your entire technology infrastructure to ensure business continuity. Combined with the practically unlimited and unrestricted storage space of the cloud, you can keep your valuable business data safely backed up off-site and implement automatic rollovers and fail-safes to keep things running smoothly in the event of an incident.
6. Boost service availability and uptime
Every managed services provider (MSP) worth their salt guarantees a certain minimum level of service availability, as well as a maximum response time to client support queries. These should be clearly outlined in the service level agreement (SLA) you sign with them. And since problems will be fixed proactively, and redundant systems put in place, the chances of any service outages should be minimal.
7. Regain control over your IT budget
All the above benefits of hosted IT solutions come together to provide more predictable and scalable technology spending. You only have to pay for the resources you use as well, which means you can seamlessly scale back and forth with demand. Most MSPs work with fixed monthly rates, allowing you to calculate things like maintenance, repairs, and upgrades into your operational budget.
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