Managed IT services has proven to be the most essential business tech trend of the decade, as it has afforded many small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) IT capabilities that they could previously only dream of. However, many business owners remain wary of working with managed services providers (MSPs) despite their proven benefits. That’s because it is unclear to them how MSPs can make their workflows more efficient, their staff more productive, and their business more profitable.
Here at WhiteOwl, we offer top-notch IT services that help our clients make better decisions when it comes to managing their IT. Here are some ways MSPs help boost your bottom line:
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MSPs lower your overhead
Maintaining your own hardware can get quite expensive, especially since high-quality IT equipment with reliable manufacturer support is necessary to keep your operations running. The high cost of equipment is exacerbated by the fact that these don’t run for free; you also need to spend on electricity and additional wages should you choose to run your own server network.
Outsourcing dramatically lowers these costs, as MSPs handle the burden of hardware acquisition and management.
MSPs provide access to experts
MSPs employ IT consultants who are experts at dealing with a variety of IT issues, from maintaining networks to setting up a backup and disaster recovery plan to installing firewalls and other cybersecurity measures. They proactively monitor your IT systems, which means you don’t need to pay them for idle time spent waiting for IT issues to occur.
Moreover, many SMBs simply can’t afford to have reliable IT technicians on call at all times; hiring an MSP allows for enterprise-level IT without having to pay an exorbitant amount.
MSPs improve security
MSPs provide small businesses with a full suite of IT services, including cyber- and network security at no additional cost, thanks to a subscription-style pricing model. For a flat monthly fee, your business can be protected from malware, viruses, and cyberattacks that plague online and cloud-based businesses.
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MSPs maximize the cloud
You're probably already using plenty of cloud-based software and productivity tools. But when you partner with an MSP, you can maximize the potential of the cloud even further. Many providers offer software-as-a-service (SaaS) on top of their regular IT solution, which lets you use certain business software whose cost may be too expensive for a small business when purchased as a standalone service. SaaS offerings are typically bundled into certain managed services packages, giving you excellent value for money!
MSPs are scalable
Scaling your business may result in a waste of resources if you aren't particularly adept at allocating existing technology resources cost-effectively. Scaling the business up ineffectively often leads to shortages in bandwidth and storage space, while scaling down means that you are running a half-empty server for the same costs in terms of utilities and manpower.
Partnering with an MSP gives you the flexibility to grow your business without excessive IT spending. Whether you're scaling up or down, an MSP can help make sure you pay only for technology that you need.
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WhiteOwl provides managed services for Florida SMBs. With WhiteOwl, you can be assured that your business can stay competitive through the ups and downs of business. Give us a call today to schedule your free consultation!