Your business competes in a tough global marketplace, no matter the sector in which you operate. That means that you need to concentrate on core business, developing your customer base, and differentiate your offer to succeed. And with all that on the agenda, there’s a vital component – effective IT support that can keep your day-to-day operations running smoothly and drive your business forward by enabling efficiency and great service. More and more businesses are discovering the benefits of opting for managed services in IT, where these functions are handled by an experienced team who can proactively manage technology provision, troubleshoot any risks seamlessly, and suggest improvements along the way.
Another benefit to managed IT services is a greater opportunity for security expertise and successfully enacted security policies. MSPs work with standards such as PCI compliance day in, day out, and should be able to steer your organization within the parameters and regulations it needs to adhere to. For some organizations, especially in finance, healthcare, educations, and other industries, this type of regulatory compliance is mandatory for the IT portion of their business, and requires the expertise and experience that a managed service provider can offer. MSPs can mitigate risk in this way while assuring that the experts in charge of your IT operations are always up to date on the latest information, technologies and processes that will keep your infrastructure working efficiently and successfully into the future.
A managed IT services provider (MSP) is most often information technology (IT) services provider that manages and assumes responsibility for providing a defined set of services to its clients either proactively or as the MSP (not the client) determines that services are needed.[26][27] Most MSPs bill an upfront setup or transition fee and an ongoing flat or near-fixed monthly fee, which benefits clients by providing them with predictable IT support costs. Sometimes, MSPs act as facilitators who manage and procure staffing services on behalf of the client. In such context, they use an online application called vendor management system (VMS) for transparency and efficiency. A managed service provider is also useful in creating disaster recovery plans, similar to a corporation's. Managed Service Providers tend to prove most useful to small businesses with a limited IT budget.[28]
SugarShot provided IT consulting and help desk services for a non-profit. The client felt they did not need an in-house person doing IT, but they needed a help desk they could call when they needed assistance. SugarShot is a help desk for the client; they manage servers and services, provide troubleshooting services, and they serve a variety of other functions. The client has been satisfied with the company’s work, and they feel that the company has helped move their cybersecurity forward.
Backup and Disaster Recovery (BDR)—a combination of data backup and disaster-recovery solutions that works cohesively to ensure an organization's critical business functions will continue to operate despite serious incidents or disasters that might otherwise have interrupted them, or will be recovered to an operational state within a reasonably short period.
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