Technology continues to advanced everyday, along with cyber threats that could bring your entire network down. Do you find yourself questioning if your in-house IT team has the expertise needed for today’s IT landscape? Have you noticed it’s taking your tech team more and more time to solve internal issues? Worried that your business is allocating too many resources to an outdated IT team?
Don’t wait until a disaster occurs to seek outside help! It’s actually been increasingly common during the COVID-19 pandemic for businesses to hire an outsourced Managed IT team to keep up with the latest business solutions and protect a company’s infrastructure from attacks – especially for remote workers. “67% said they were very likely or somewhat likely to explore third-party assistance for building remote work capabilities.”
“The most commonly outsourced jobs in small businesses are accounting and IT. Small businesses usually turn to outsourcing when it comes to accounting and IT because those tasks require proficiency and skills that they might not possess internally. That is why small business outsourcing stats show that 37% of all accounting and IT tasks get outsourced.” Fortunly
Small and medium sized businesses must have protection for their team and IT infrastructure from day one. As technology evolves, so should your business! Managed IT Services allow your business to adapt to the latest technologies as they become available. At Computers Nationwide, our IT experts are here to help your business implement innovative, seamless tech solutions so you can focus on running your business smoothly – even from home!
“One of the biggest benefits of using an MSP is that it gives businesses access to professionals who are well-versed in a wide variety of IT activities. An MSP is a network administrator, security consultant, and disaster recovery expert in one complete package. Most IT professionals today specialize in one area of the field, and may not be well-versed in all things IT. They may know how to run a network and answer basic help desk questions but if something goes wrong, well, good luck. Outsourcing IT to an MSP ensures every problem can be addressed.” Throttlenet
Signs Your In-House IT Needs Additional Support…
Operational costs are at an all-time high: Over the years, the cost of hiring a full time in-house IT professional has increased and now your business needs to cut back on costs. Reduce the high cost of operating your business by outsourcing a professional Managed IT service company, this way your business saves money because you only for their services when there is a need and can take advantage of package pricing.
Tech challenges are more complex and time consuming: The expertise of one in-house IT professional is limited, especially if most of their time is spent battling tech issues rather than learning new tools and skills. Has dealing with daily IT issues in the business become time consuming and stressful. On the other hand, a managed service provider will ensure that all your systems are running smoothly every day, leading to increased productivity and even more profits.
Security threats are becoming the norm: It seems that every week, your IT team is discovering phishing emails, run ins with malicious links, and computers crashing. Are you worried that your IT infrastructure’s cyber defense isn’t strong enough to keep up with current threats? Is your company using the innovative solutions necessary to be proactive in stopping viruses in their tracks? Managed IT service providers are up to date with the latest cyber threats and software to protect your business around the clock!
In regard to the pandemic, Managed Service Providers have saved the day!
Learn about COVID-19’s impact on MSPs, Help Net Security reports: “The technology industry, and the channel, is resilient but also resourceful, and this crisis has re-enforced the value MSPs bring to businesses. Without MSPs as an extension of the team — focused on risk mitigation and business continuity — many businesses would have been lost, and wouldn’t have been able to support remote working on such a vast, immediate scale. The knowledge, expertise, and skillset of MSPs has been crucial in this changing climate. They have truly become essential.
66% of MSPs have reported going the extra mile to support their customers during this time. Along with adapting their security services for work-from-home clients, MSPs have been continuing to accommodate customer needs in the following ways during the pandemic:
65% of MSPs do not anticipate making any pricing changes to their managed services package in the long-term
24% have offered delayed payments
23% have offered temporary discounts
19% have reduced their services to fit shrinking customer budgets
13% intend to increase their prices following the pandemic”
Back To The Basics
In case you need a refresher regarding what Managed IT services consist of and the many benefits of hiring an MSP for your business…
What is Managed IT?
Managed Services are any variety of outsourced services for a business’ day-to-day technology and IT needs. Managed IT services can range from managing small technical needs, such as filtering harmful emails to outsourcing all of a company’s technology needs.
“Cyberattacks on big companies dominate the news, but small businesses are big targets, too. One in five small businesses fall victim to a cyberattack and of those, 60 percent go out of business in six months. And the data show that most small business owners don’t have a plan for response if they’re hit.” Vox
Outsourcing Managed IT grants your company access to a qualified team of IT experts to resolve any issues your business may be facing, while also allowing you to benefit from having access to the latest and greatest technology and innovative business grade solutions. It is a solid way to ensure your team has stable and reliable coverage. When an employee knows their virtual work is secure, they can focus more on the task at hand. When time sensitive issues arise you want to be confident it can be resolved quickly! You’ll be glad you have a professional fixing the matter with the following technologies:
- Remote monitoring and management (RMM)
- Backup and disaster recovery (BDR)
- Cloud computing
By investing in these tools, the entire IT infrastructure becomes more reliable and dependable, labor constraints are overcome, and internal IT departments are able to stay in control of the situation.
How Managed IT Services Will Benefit Your Company
- Preventative maintenance to address issues with your computers before they actually surface.
- Offsite Data backup to protect your company from threats like theft, weather, hardware, software, and the biggest threat of all, ransomware! Ransomware affects many companies and renders computers or even whole networks useless causing hours or days of downtime including the loss of revenue.
- Access to a knowledgeable and friendly IT staff that can help your company run smoothly and access to 24/7 emergency support. Access to a team of Certified IT techs ensures more experience than one internal IT Technician.
- Discounts for choosing certain Managed services with a fixed rate.
- We are partnered with vendors that can give you the best deals and save you time!
“43% of cyber-attacks target small businesses. And cyber attacks on small businesses represent the largest share of all the attacks in the report. The disparity highlights a lack of resources and knowledge. So small business owners must learn more and invest in better digital security. But cybercriminals also seem aware of this disparity. And this explains why they target small businesses in higher numbers.” Smallbiztrends
Why Managed IT Services are Essential for Small Business
No matter the size of your company, having a strong cyber security presence is vital. Even the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency use “green badges” (Managed IT contractors). All companies need protection from Hackers! Rest easy by having Computers nationwide protection your company will run more seamlessly.
“As cyber criminals become increasingly sophisticated with their strategies, small businesses need to have a strong defense. MSP researches and complies with industry standards for the storing, transferring, and protection of data. The repercussions of a data breach and unmet compliance are detrimental to small business; first by means of financial burdens (whether it be stolen funds or lost to fines,) and secondly to the damage of reputation. Working with an MSP secures business data and transactions so that small businesses can rest assured that their data, and that of their clients, is safe.” Networks Unlimited
Partnering with a managed services provider will free your in-house staff to continue making your organization uniquely you by focusing on what sets you apart. For example, if a business has an employee that is great at repairing computers, then outsourcing work that is out of their scope will help them from being overwhelmed, and help the entire business be more productive.
As a small business, working with a Managed IT Provider is a smart investment for your company. With so many natural stresses that come with owning your own business, the fear of private data being hacked shouldn’t be one of them. Having the right IT team in your corner can give your organization a peace of mind! “Contracting with a qualified managed services provider is a great way to reduce the stress load on your leadership team. IT worries can cause stress.” MSP News
Computers Nationwide offers a significant range of services to keep your team, data, and business up and running. Our technicians, architects and engineers are highly knowledgeable and are in-touch with the latest industry innovations in computers, servers, networks and cloud computing technologies. Our goal is to keep your business running and protected from all cyber threats!
Are you interested in learning more about the Managed IT and Managed Cyber Security services we offer? Call the experts at Computers Nationwide to find the right business solutions for your workplace: (847) 419-9900.
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