It’s easy for smaller companies to dismiss the benefits of managed IT services. If the company has just a few employees, why bother expending the time, energy, and money? But even the smallest businesses end up running into technical problems that need professional attention.
Even if your accountant has built a few gaming computers in their spare time, it’s not a substitute for a true expert. We’ll look at what these services entail and the kinds of concrete benefits they can offer you.
#1 - Backups & Disaster Recovery
#2 - Cybersecurity
What’s more, hacking is such a lucrative and low-risk enterprise that more cybercriminals are brought into the fold every year. After all, it’s difficult to find and prosecute someone who’s living 6,000 miles away. To stay profitable, cybercriminals also change their tactics frequently, looking for new schemes as their potential victims catch on to their old ones.
#3 - Downtime Is Costly
#4 - Employees Have Other Priorities
When you’re a small business, it’s all hands on deck. In many ways, this is an advantage over large conglomerates. Your employees not only get to see the value of their work on a regular basis, but they also get to stretch their skills and grow as a professional.
But there’s a limit to how much you can ask one of your employees to do. If your marketing director is constantly distracted by every network anomaly, eventually you’ll start to see the cracks show. The team member you count on will start to slip in terms of performance and even if they don’t, you’ll need a contingency set up for when they go on vacation or quit.
#5 - Access to Technology
Having the right tools for the job makes a difference when you need real results. Not only do many small businesses not have the budget for new technology, but their employees often don’t even know what kinds of equipment would be the right for their operations.
Regardless of the kind of business you own, your network solutions will need to be customized for you. Managed IT services might not be aware of (or own) every conceivable gadget and cable, but they’ll have the inside knowledge to recommend the most efficient tools for your business. They’ll also have the tools they need to set up, operate, and repair your systems.
#6 - IT Environments Need Constant Attention
How many licenses do you need? When does your domain expire? How many old hard drives do you have sitting in the back, and what do you intend to do with them? Like any profession, many IT tasks are pure tedium. And while they may not be difficult, it’s detailed work that’s easy to put off until tomorrow.
To prevent regulatory violations (or your competitor stealing your website name), managed IT services can take that weight off of your employees’ shoulders. This way, you won’t have to worry about who’s keeping up with your network every time your staff gets a little busy.
#7 - Opportunities and Challenges Abound
Your business won’t be able to grow on any level if it can’t keep up with whatever happens to be around the corner. At some point, you’ll court a client that needs full compliance. Or you’ll need to migrate your data into a different system that can support more customers. Or you’ll need to launch a new component of your website, e-commerce store, or client survey.
Whatever it is that your business has in store for it, managed IT services make it easy to prepare for it by setting up a solid ground floor. When your base is stable, it makes it that much faster and easier to stack on additional stories.
#8 - Consistent Policies
How often do your employees change their passwords? What’s the protocol for accidentally clicking on a spam file? Does your company take advantage of all the updates or are they constantly clicking on the ‘Remind Me Later’ option? Having consistent policies is one of the best ways to prevent a security breach. Managed IT services work with everything from onboarding to dismissals and everything in between. They can free up hours of your employees’ time so that they can focus on what they do best.