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Managed IT Services is a solution that is delivered by an IT service provider combining IT support for a monthly fee with the proactive monitoring of IT workstations and infrastructure. Outsourcing your IT requirements through Managed Services is a smart choice, and one that is growing in popularity amongst businesses of all sizes. Here we’ll run through the top 5 benefits of outsourcing your IT needs to a Managed Service Provider (or MSP):
1. Controlled and Predictable Monthly IT Costs
IT costs can be highly unpredictable. Organisations need adequate networks, storage and security. They must also hire, train and retain staff, deploy systems, manage equipment and be prepared for any unexpected costs that may arise at any time. By outsourcing initiatives to a Managed Service Provider, businesses can break down their costs into fixed monthly payments for their IT support services, streamlining their IT budget and ensuring the highest quality enterprise and carrier-grade solutions to customers. A fixed monthly payment plan means you know what you’re going to get and how much it’s going to cost over the contract.
2. Enhanced Compliance and Security
Adhering to compliance regulations can be costly and often means implementing and maintaining a stringent security infrastructure. With the help of managed IT services, you can reduce these costs and ensure compliance thanks to the enhanced security expertise and tools the team has access to. A Managed Service Provider will ensure your firewall is up-to-date, ensure you have a proper Antivirus installed (as well as routinely updated), perform maintenance of your workstations and servers on a regular basis and make sure your company has implemented PCI security standards. By outsourcing to an MSP who is familiar with PCI Compliance standards, you can rest assured that your company is minimising the risks associated with maintaining client data, credit card numbers and other sensitive information.
3. Allows Staff to Stay Focused on Core Business Goals
Most businesses have limited resources, so a key benefit of outsourcing IT requirements to an MSP is that it will help you and your staff stay focused on the core business needs and let a dedicated team of experts deal with complex IT situations and responsibilities. With managed IT services, the in-house IT department will have more time to focus on strategic and innovative projects that will further the core business objectives and focus on profit-generating activities.
Scalability is crucial in supporting business growth and development. MSPs will supply support and services as needed to handle business growth or emerging IT problems. A Managed Service Provider can increase or decrease IT requirements as needed and make it easier for businesses to scale up or down depending on demand and growth.
5. IT Support Available
Managed Service Provider can connect to your systems remotely from anywhere at any time. With a Managed Service Provider, help and support is always available at the agreed available time.
Turning to a trusted MSP has many advantages and we have only just outlined a few. Managed services can lower IT costs, and significantly improve security and compliance while doubling operational efficiency. MSPs offer a full service solution for your IT needs, resulting in a higher standard than most organisations are able to achieve in-house.
At Interscale, we’ve developed Interscale Managed Services (iMS) to seamlessly integrate with your business in varying capacities. Our managed services solution provides you with tiered options for IT service management and can scale as you do. iMS has been designed to equally support an organisation of 5 or 500 end-points.
Our iMS allows you to focus on what you do best – running your business – whilst we take care of the technology. Contact us today to find out more.