There are many benefits to outsourcing your IT with managed services. Here are our picks for the top five – though certainly this isn’t a comprehensive list.
#1: Operational Expenses and Controlling IT Costs
If your environment is ready for managed services, then outsourcing your IT requires only a small initial investment. Then all your IT needs are rolled into an ongoing predictable monthly payment. This means managed services is primarily an operational expense, and far easier to predict and budget for. Controlled and predictable spending on your IT? Always a good idea.
On top of making this switch away from capital expenditures, managed IT services can also lower your IT costs. For example, you could save on licensing, training, consulting, and emergency repairs. You can also frequently get reduced labor rates through a managed services contract, which saves you even more.
#2: Access to Experienced, Certified IT Professionals
With managed services, you are hiring a team of experts who have the training, qualifications, certifications, and experience you need. You have access to high-level senior IT admins and specific skillsets, without needing to find and hire them yourself. It’s a struggle to keep pace with demands for IT experience. Your managed IT services provider can do this for you or relieve you of some of the burden.
#3 Focusing on Your Business
With managed services comes the freedom to focus on the core of your business, not the IT problems. As an owner or manager, you can focus on running your business, with the weight of the day-to-day IT maintenance taken off you. And this is equally true for your IT staff, if you have your own internal IT support. Outsourcing the management and ongoing maintenance of your technology can free up your IT staff’s time to focus on larger and more demanding projects (like important upgrades) that otherwise might happen much more slowly.
#4 Proactive Solutions and Keeping Pace
In addition to having access to experts and their skillsets, you’re also getting proactive solutions with managed services. These solution monitor and manage your IT to catch problems before they escalate into serious issues. Proactive monitoring combined with a fast response can help minimize your IT downtime and the risk of serious, expensive problems. But managed services also means you can keep pace with ongoing and changing demands for IT experience and you can more quickly implement new technology.
Keeping pace with the shifts in the IT industry can seem impossible – or at the best, very slow. Who do you turn to when you need to make sure your business meets compliance laws and regulations? Your managed service provider can help you with critical areas like cybersecurity. Emerging trends and IT needs require new skills and knowledge in the IT industry, as well as fast implementation to stay ahead of cyberattackers.
#5 Reducing Your Risk
Security is a huge area where managed IT services can provide you with benefits. Security services are also part of managed services, with many providers now focusing on becoming managed security service providers (MSSPs). Managed security services can help fill your organization’s security gaps. For example, they can help improve your endpoint security and implement tools to detect threats outside of and within your network. Managed services, with cybersecurity rolled in, means your infrastructure has constant monitoring, management, and updates that are critical to reducing your risk of attacks and breaches.
And there’s more…
Of course, there are more advantages to managed services, outsourcing your IT, and remote network management. These are just our top five – controlled costs, access to experts, focus on your business, proactive solutions, and cybersecurity. But remember also that there are benefits like scalability that should be considered as well. Overall, managed services can make it far easier to expand and update your IT as needed over time.
Managed IT services will always evolve. Where once managed services mainly referred to the monitoring and management of hardware, it now also encompasses labor, support, and software-as-a-service. The possibilities are constantly opening up, and the benefits are there for the taking.