Most business leaders appreciate the importance of modern technology, but that doesn’t mean they want to spend all their time worrying about it. Small businesses often don’t have internal IT departments of their own either, which is why most turn to managed services providers to whom they can outsource their technology needs.
Let’s look at some of the many benefits you can enjoy by partnering with an MSP:
#1. Lower Costs
Economies of scale allow MSPs to offer a more cost-effective array of services than most smaller companies can afford to implement in-house. When you consider the high costs of buying, maintaining, and upgrading all your own servers, workstations, and other hardware, it’s easy to recognize the benefits of a subscription-based package. Furthermore, partnering with an MSP means predictable monthly costs without the unknowns that come with having to look after everything yourself.
#2. Stronger Security
It’s often assumed that migrating to the cloud means surrendering your privacy and security. In fact, the opposite is true, at least if you partner with a reputable MSP with a proven track record. These are the companies that have access to the expertise and technology needed to run a cutting-edge modern IT infrastructure, which is something that few SMBs can hope to achieve by themselves.
#3. Better Resilience
Imagine you have an entirely in-house computing infrastructure, but suddenly your company premises fall victim to a natural disaster that wipes your data in one fell swoop. Chances are, you’ll end up closing your doors to business for good. With an MSP on your side, you can move your apps and data to the cloud. That means everything will be stored off-site complete with redundant data centers so that you always have something to fall back on should the worst happen.
#4. Greater Scalability
Internal IT systems are subject to many inherent limitations, such as the availability of in-house expertise and even the amount of available space needed to accommodate all your hardware. There’s also cooling and electricity consumption to think about. If your company experiences a period of growth, there’s a good chance your in-house technology will be unable to keep up with the demand. An MSP can bridge that gap by providing you with computing resources on an as-needed basis so you don’t miss those lucrative opportunities.
#5. Enhanced Mobility
Gone are the days when the typical office job meant being chained to a 9-to-5 desk job. The internet has afforded businesses the opportunity to let their employees work from home and on the move, or with freelancers all over the world. At least, that’s the case if you’ve adopted the cloud and thus built a collaborative online platform. Partnering with an MSP can give you that luxury by providing everything you need for a location-independent computing environment.
#6. Increased Efficiency
MSPs have a vested interest in aligning technology with your corporate priorities and goals, and they’ll be familiar with best practices to standardize and automate your IT workloads. They’ll also have access to cutting-edge computing resources that are usually far beyond the budgetary reach of the average SMB. Moreover, since MSPs provide proactive support, your employees will spend less time trying to work around trivial IT problems and more time focusing on their core responsibilities.
#7. Less Downtime
When you’re relying on in-house IT, downtime is entirely your responsibility. When a system goes offline, leaving your customers unable to access your website or staff unable to do their jobs, the only thing you can do is call in a support technician that charges by the hour. This “break/fix model” comes with many unforeseen expenses, both direct and indirect. By partnering with an MSP, downtime should no longer be an issue, since the provider will be bound by its service-level agreements (SLAs) to guarantee that downtime never exceeds a certain number of minutes and support requests are responded to within a certain amount of time.
Are you looking for smart, cutting-edge, reliable, and prompt technology support? By choosing F1 Solutions, you’ll have a dependable outsourced IT department at your disposal so you no longer need to worry about technology headaches. Call us today if you’re ready to embark on your journey of digital transformation.