When running a small to mid-sized business, you need to make sure you are making the right decisions on how things are done. For many companies, deciding whether to hire on an internal IT team or to work with a managed IT services provider can be challenging. Understanding the types of benefits you could enjoy by partnering with an experienced IT services provider will help you to determine if it is the right option for your company.
Fixed Monthly Pricing
One of the things most businesses love most about working with managed services providers (MSPs) is that the services have a fixed monthly cost. Compared to just reaching out to an individual IT contractor every time a service is needed, this fixed monthly expense is much more predictable. Predictable budgets are extremely important for all companies, but especially small to mid-sized businesses that often have tight margins that need to be maintained.
Depth of Expertise
Even if you have the budget to hire on one or two IT professionals to join your team, you would still be missing a significant amount of knowledge and experience that you may need. This is because modern businesses typically need to have access to a variety of different types of systems. In order to cover all your technology needs, you would likely need to hire a server expert, a Windows expert, a Unix expert, a cloud expert, a security expert, and more.
When you set up a service agreement contract with a managed IT services provider, you get all of these experts for one monthly price. When you need an IT professional with experience in Windows, you will have access to them. When looking into security issues, the security expert will be available to you. With this type of setup, you get the exact professionals you need, when you need them, without having to pay them each a full-time salary and benefits.
Access to Enterprise Level Tools
There are a lot of impressive tools and software suites out there that can do some amazing things for your business. In many cases, however, the price of the licenses for these tools puts them out of reach for smaller companies. When you work with a managed service provider, however, you can often gain access to the tools you need through the special licenses that they hold. For example, Valimail is a powerful email management and security suite that many global companies use. While the $500 per month price tag may put it out of reach to buy directly, it can be included as a part of your monthly managed services contract at a fraction of the price.
Hardware and Software Procurement
Another big benefit to working with managed IT service providers is that you gain access to the strategic partnerships that they have in place. For example, if you want to purchase new Dell equipment for your organization, you can have your MSP place the order using their existing arrangement with Dell. This can often get you not only a discounted price due to their bulk ordering, but also priority service so that your computers arrive on time. Of course, your managed IT services provider will also be able to help you set up and configure your new equipment.
Offload Non-Core Work
Finally, one of the biggest benefits of working with managed IT services providers is that you and your employees will be able to focus on your core work and mission without having to worry about the supporting technology. You didn’t start your company because you wanted to spend your day trying to figure out technical issues. By offloading this type of non-core work, you can focus on what you love and do best.
Leave the Tech Work to Us
No matter what type of business you run, you will undoubtedly need to harness the power of technology to get it done right. GSDSolutions provides managed IT services in Modesto and the Bay Area so you can leave the tech work to us. We operate out of our Mountain View offices for the Bay Area and from our Modesto offices for the Central Valley, so you can be confident that the IT experts you need are never far away.
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