In today’s ever-changing world of technology, every business needs to have a proactive IT strategy that will allow them to react efficiently and quickly when problems arise.
Most small businesses start with an “internal guru” that takes care of internal IT needs while still trying to handle their daily responsibilities. As a growing company experiences an increased demand for internal IT, these on-site gurus are either unable to keep up with their day-to-day duties or forced to put internal IT on the back burner. Either way, business suffers needlessly. In turn, many decide to outsource their IT needs to a managed IT services provider.
With a managed IT services provider, a team of experts is always on standby to assist with IT emergencies that could hurt your bottom line and cause customers to question your credibility. A managed IT services provider can also get out in front of potential issues before they occur. With managed IT, experts proactively look for issues before they arise.
Managing an in-house IT team can be expensive, with costs associated with recruitment, training, salaries, benefits, and infrastructure. Professional IT services can provide cost-effective solutions by offering flexible pricing models that suit your budget. Outsourcing your IT needs to a professional IT services provider can help you save on operational costs and gain access to advanced technologies and expertise without incurring high upfront investments.
With a managed IT service provider, experts create a roadmap of service costs and needs, based on where your business is and where it plans to be in the future. This roadmap allows you to understand all costs associated with your entire network and plan accordingly each month. This helps ensure that you pay for only what you need now, while helping you stay mindful of what you will need as you scale up or (in certain instances) down if necessary.
Employees are usually the heart and soul of any small business with growth potential. In most smaller enterprises, they are also the most significant source of overhead. With this in mind, it only makes sense to make sure they have the resources they need to stay as productive as possible.
With most modern businesses, multiple employees use computers to do their jobs. If one of these computers fails or is infected with a virus, your team can’t work. If you have managed IT services on call, you can solve these types of problems fast. This also helps with employee morale, since workers know their issues will be taken care of in a timely manner so they can get back to work knowing their time will not be wasted.
Businesses that invest in IT are more likely to survive and thrive compared to companies that don’t. As they grow, however, it can be difficult for companies to scale their technology along with their business. IT solutions for computer hardware, software and more recent innovations (such as cloud storage and VoIP phone systems) are difficult to manage and keep up with. Managed IT services take the headache out of upgrading and servicing technology, so companies can focus on what they do best.
If you’ve recently read the headlines, you know that businesses of all sizes are under attack by malicious actors. Think your small business is immune? Think again.
Most malicious attacks come in the form of bots or automated malware that indiscriminately target vulnerable networks. At the same time, there are also malicious actors who could target your systems by using phishing tactics to fool employees.
Security is also a huge problem for many small businesses, largely because cybercriminals know that smaller companies don’t usually impose tough security measures. Whether it’s a single nefarious entity or an automated intrusion program going through a list; if your system gets targeted, it could lead to downtime, data loss and stolen intellectual property.
Unless you are working daily in the IT industry, it’s virtually impossible to keep up with all the latest preventative measures. Fortunately, if you have managed IT services, your system will be protected by the latest security features. What’s more, they’ll be able to recover your data and mitigate any problems if you do fall victim to malware or a hack.
If you’re a growing business needing professionally managed IT solutions, look no further than Virtually Managed IT Solutions! Our team of experienced IT professionals is dedicated to helping businesses in our community thrive by providing expert support and solutions that are tailored to your specific needs. We take a holistic, proactive view of your IT infrastructure and work with you to develop a long-term strategy that aligns with your business goals. At Virtually Managed IT Solutions, we’re more than just an IT service provider. We’re a partner who is invested in your success. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your small business.
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