There’s a lot of talk around what seem to be the new buzzwords in IT: managed IT services. But much like any other word or phrase that becomes popularized, it takes on varying meanings. To be clear, managed IT services is defined as offloading certain IT operations to a service provider.
The scope of these operations may include security, data backup and recovery, and other infrastructure needs. Regardless of the operations being offloaded, the service provider becomes responsible to supply ongoing monitoring of the systems as well as to resolve any issues that may arise.
Pricing Managed IT Services
For a small business, there are many benefits to choosing to have its IT services managed by a professional team of service providers. Pricing is one of the most immediate benefits. Typically, a subscription basis is the model for most managed IT service providers. The cost of the package usually depends on the number of devices being connected.
The service provider should provide your business with an assessment to figure out which package works best for your business. Services in packages can range from simply sending alerts when there is a problem to more inclusive packages that include finding solutions to technical issues and taking preventative measures.
Value of Managed IT Service Providers
For small businesses still wondering what the point of adding the services of a managed IT provider is, there are plenty of reasons, most notably the need to compete. As your business continues to grow, you need to continue to expand your resources in order to maintain your IT. Businesses today are more reliant than ever on technology to deliver services to their customers and within their own infrastructure. Failure to properly manage that technology reduces effectiveness, thereby reducing the ability to compete.
It’s also important to note that any disruption in services can be detrimental to your business. Even large companies aren’t immune to how a pause in services can impact their reputation. But for small businesses who don’t have hundreds of millions of customers, any kind of extended disruption can result in much more than just a stain on their reputation.
Managed IT providers add another layer of monitoring, safety, and optimization to your technology that can be scaled in accordance with the pace of your company’s growth. They make the time and space for your dedicated IT staff to focus on more crucial projects.
Small businesses need to remember that the true value of managed IT services depends on which specific set of services the company needs. The company decides what services they want offloaded and which will help optimize the efficiency of their overall IT department. There is no one-size-fits-all approach.
Zarr Tech offer first class IT support and can act as your outsourced IT department of choice. Our technicians are skilled at fixing IT issues in a timely manner and they get the job done right. Managed IT is just one of the many IT support services we offer at Zarr Tech. Contact us to see how we can help your small business stay up and running while remaining cost-effective.