IT Managed Service Providers (MSPs) have become the go-to choice for handling routine network administration, such as email hosting, storage, backup and recovery, and network monitoring.
If you’ve been looking to hire a network administrator, there’s a good chance your business has been facing some IT challenges. Maybe your IT needs have grown faster than you’d planned for. Or your networks are slow and productivity is suffering. Maybe you’re concerned about disaster readiness and securing your data.
The logical solution? Get some help!
Traditionally, getting help meant hiring an IT administrator and building out an in-house IT staff. This is no longer the standard, however. More and more organizations have been turning to managed services providers to take care of their IT needs. According to CompTIA’s 2016 Buying Guide for Managed Services, 64 percent of organizations are using some form of managed services.
Managed Service Providers
The most obvious benefit of working with an MSP versus hiring in-house IT staff is cost. Monthly or annual managed services contracts usually cost a fraction of what it would cost to hire an IT team to support a business on the same scale.
But the advantages don’t just stop at pricing. There’s a great deal of additional value to be had from an experienced MSP:
- Improved security and greater knowledge of the cybersecurity landscape.
- A proactive approach to IT problems saves you headaches.
- More uptime and faster network connections.
- Access to newer technologies with next to no capital expense.
- Ability to leverage cloud technologies without risking security.
- Easier transition to a remote workforce.
- Disaster preparedness, backups, and business continuity planning.
- The vast majority of your IT needs can be met via remote.
Notice that cybersecurity is at the top of the list. A security-minded, experienced MSP will typically have more knowledge and more tools related to protecting your business from ransomware and other threats, which is one of the biggest factors to consider when deciding between an MSP or a network admin.
What about my existing IT department?
Maybe you already have an IT department? CompITA found that 53 percent of organizations made no changes to their internal IT department after choosing to work with an MSP.
That’s right — even companies with IT departments are seeing the benefits of working with managed service providers!
Why? Bringing in an MSP allows your IT department to focus on more important projects that drive growth and long-term success.
What about my business?
So, is an MSP the better choice for you? Chances are an MSP like Heiden Technology Solutions can help your business make the best use of technology. If you want to know for sure, it only takes one phone call to explore your options.
Our team would be happy to discuss the possibilities with you in a no obligation discovery call. Just connect with us here to get started!