Managed IT is becoming a common solution for businesses of every size as they realize that it offers advantages when compared with keeping all talent in-house. What often begins as a discussion of freeing up the IT team for innovation, strategy and other broader goals leads to a realization of additional benefits.
Businesses turn to managed IT as a part of a changing digital transformation strategy. The appeal of accessing specific Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions or improving network infrastructure to handle complex traffic may lead organizations to consider a managed services provider. As they discover the additional advantages managed IT offers, enterprises often begin looking for more areas that they can turn over to a trusted provider.
Round-the-clock support and security: One of the challenges facing businesses is the increasing complexity of their IT environments, combined with the flood of cyberattacks threatening their data and systems. Managed IT provides the necessary level of security of monitoring for mitigating risks. If a breach does occur, the provider has the resources and skills to restore systems and data. Even when a business has a dedicated security team, it can still be difficult to have the right talent in place at the right time when a breach occurs. A managed IT partner offers any combination of firewall and virus protection, infrastructure management, disaster recovery, on-site support, and more.
Reduced downtime: Managed IT is able to identify, isolate and remediate a breach, often detecting it before it is a full-blown event. From malware to hacking and natural disasters, providers are often able to move more quickly than an in-house IT team when a problem occurs. When a potential failure is detected, managed IT can prevent that failure and remove the possibility of downtime for the company.
The ability to control IT spending: Managed IT can be tailored to fit the needs of the organization and aligned to a specific budget. Organizations will know exactly which services they are receiving and how their resources are being spent. The result is a valuable partnership in which the business can optimize the management, maintenance and protection of their IT environment without unplanned costs creeping up.
Managed IT offers yet another benefit that won’t generally be itemized on an invoice. Having a trusted partner can help businesses as they navigate a digital transformation plan and seek the best ways to leverage new technology for their processes. If they already have a valuable managed IT provider, it may be less of a stretch to automate or outsource additional tasks, providing cost savings and improved productivity.
Choosing a managed IT partner is a critical step for any organization. Contact us at Copper State Communications to learn more about what to look for in a good managed IT partnership.