The answer is, in a lot of ways. Even though you are charged for their services, a managed IT company can actually save a business money on their IT requirements, and it’s quite a significant saving as well.
Prevention Better Than Cure
Surveys have been completed which show that the average saving for a business using an MSP (Managed Service Provider) is in the range of 40%. If you’re wondering where the savings come from here are just a few examples:
How a Managed IT Service Improves Security
Cybercriminals aren’t just after the big banks and large corporations. In many cases, it’s more profitable for them to target a lot of small enterprises, rather than one big corporation with serious IT resources behind them.
Cybercriminals stack the odds in their favour when they target small businesses because many organisations aren’t fully aware of the latest hacks and exploits and don’t realise that their system has become vulnerable.
Managed IT services are aware of industry trends, know about the latest updates to software and equipment, and keep themselves informed about recent hacker exploits. They are therefore able to maintain your system, so it is as secure as possible against unauthorised access. Most services also provide employee training to make sure all staff are aware of how to avoid the latest phishing and malware attacks.
Expert Help When You Need It
Advances are being made in IT technology every day, with the unfortunate side effect that yesterday’s shiny new gizmo is now destined for the recycling bin. It’s tough – if not impossible – for busy managers and business owners to find the time to keep up-to-date with all the updates taking place in IT.
As a result, many companies find themselves making do with IT systems that are little more than relics from the last decade and which severely compromise the ability of the organisation to operate efficiently. Managed IT services have the skill and expertise a business can take advantage of to ensure that it can run efficiently with an up-to-date IT system.
Whenever problems arise, all it takes is a phone call, and a qualified professional will soon be on hand to get your system back up and running smoothly. Sometimes, you may just need a little help to access your files, backup your data, or create a secure communications channel. These are all tasks your IT service provider will be more than happy to help you with.