The benefits that managed IT services can offer your business
Explore the top five benefits of partnering with a managed service provider for your technological needs
99% of small businesses say they use at least one technology tool in their daily operations, and 85% of small business owners say that the use of technology aids their success.  It’s important that small businesses have the technology support they need to keep their technology up and running.
Continue reading to learn how a managed IT partner can help your business succeed.
What are managed IT services?
Managed IT services are information technology service and support handled by a third-party provider. Managed IT solutions typically offer 24/7 monitoring of your systems, along with proactive support, and troubleshooting and repair services.
Many businesses turn to a managed IT service partner to delegate certain tasks to technology experts in order to reduce costs and minimize the workload of their internal team so they can focus on tasks for their core business function.
What are the benefits of managed IT services?
There are many benefits that businesses of all sizes and industries can experience from partnering with an experienced managed IT partner. Some of these benefits include:
#1: Predictable costs
Managed IT providers typically charge a predictable monthly or annual fee to your business. Your business’s IT expenses will be organized into a set amount that your business can implement into the budget so there are no surprises.
An in-house IT team or break-fix services often come with more frequent and unexpected expenses that can quickly become detrimental to your business’s budgeting efforts.
Managed IT services are easy to scale up as your business continues to grow. Managed IT providers offer pay-as-you-go payment plans and you can decide at any time to scale up your solutions. You can also scale down just as easily.
In-house IT teams, on the other hand, can cost businesses a lot of time and money just to train and onboard one additional employee. With a managed IT provider, your business will not have to take on any training costs. Managed IT providers can help your business stay flexible when it comes to support services.
#3: Preventive support approach
The cost of technology repairs and data breaches can quickly add up for your business. A managed IT service provider regularly performs maintenance on your business’s technology to ensure that if there is an issue, they catch it early, likely before it breaks.
Your IT partner can also advise you on how often you can expect to replace your technology. Your business will be able to have a clear idea of which technology needs to be replaced and when so you can plan your budget accordingly.
A managed service provider’s preventive approach is also beneficial for preparing for data breaches or cyber attacks. The average cost of a data breach has been consistently rising over the years. In 2020, the average cost was $3.86 million while in 2021 the average cost was $4.24 million, an increase of over 12%.  A managed IT provider can ensure your business is as prepared as possible and will be able to get your systems up and running as quickly as possible should you suffer a cyber attack.
#4: Meet compliance requirements
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) are the most widely used compliance standards that businesses must meet. If a business is found to be in violation of one of these standards, there are very costly fines and your business’s reputation will suffer as well.
A managed IT partner helps to ensure that your business is compliant with any standards your business must follow. It’s important that you find an IT partner that has experience with other businesses who must meet these requirements.
#5: Minimize downtime
Downtime can greatly reduce and restrict your team’s productivity. This can lead to incomplete projects and late deadlines, which can be detrimental for your team and customers.
As a business owner, it’s important you are able to minimize downtime as much as possible. Many managed IT providers provide 24/7 monitoring which allows them to know immediately if your business’s server is down. This allows them to work as fast as possible to get it up and running.
Looking for a managed IT service provider to help your small business?
At InterNetwork IT, we’ve been providing IT services for businesses of all sizes across Central Florida for almost 10 years.
As your business’s trusted IT partner, our team of experts can help you and your team select the technology tools you need to succeed and facilitate set up and routine maintenance.
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