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Again, this is great for the budget conscious business owners. The upfront cost of having to purchase all of the tools needed for these services would be a huge blow to your budget. Having a MSP that you can rent (or lease) the necessary equipment and tools saves you that money. All while being able to hand off the responsibilities to an expert organization, keeping your time open to handle your normal day to day duties.
Essentially, Managed IT Services is taking your IT needs and handing it off to a third party organization – one that specializes in taking care of the responsibilities that come along with this. These organizations are known as Managed Service Providers, or MSPs. They will either become your business’s IT department or, depending on your company’s size, can supplement your current IT department.
The Right Model: It’s critical that your organization’s business and IT requirements match the vendor’s product offerings and business process model. Consequently, an organization must catalog and map its internal systems and thoroughly understand workflows, business processes, objectives and gaps. A thorough understand of your organizations requirements makes it possible to find an IT services firm or MSP that can simplify and streamline existing processes but also unleash innovation.
"The biggest thing for me is that, while I'm away from the office and working on other projects, I haven't had to worry about the network. There have been a couple of occasions where issues happened, and [TPx Communications] has been able to resolve them without my involvement, other than just being notified. As far as I'm concerned, that does everything that I want it to do." — IT Systems Manager, Audio-Visual Company
Managed IT services heralded a proactive approach to IT, attempting to conduct maintenance, upgrades, system monitoring and issue resolution on a routine basis, with the goal of preventing problems before they started. Automation, increased Internet capabilities and cloud computing allowed for monitoring and issue resolution to be provided remotely, enabling more efficient processes and a consolidation of resources.