If you’re running a new business, you might not have put much thought into how you’re managing your IT yet. Maybe you want to outsource your work to a local IT guy when there are problems, or perhaps you want to do it by yourself in-house. Are these the right choices for your business, though?
It can be hard to tell when it’s time to hire a managed service provider (or an MSP), but they can be hugely beneficial to your business.
If you’re not convinced, or you’re not totally sure that now is the right time, that’s okay; you’re in the right place. Keep reading to learn all about MSPs, and when you might want to consider hiring one for your business.
What Is a Managed Service Provider?
A managed service provider (or MSP, for short) will remotely manage their customer’s IT infrastructure and needs. They offer, among other things, support, security, maintenance, and management, and they do this remotely.
They don’t have to manage everything, so if you decide that there are some tasks better left in-house, you’re able to continue doing that. More and more companies are realizing that IT is a lot of work, and finding good talent is difficult. Outsourcing to an MSP gets rid of the trouble and worry of finding talented IT professionals.
When Is It Time to Get One?
If you’re just starting out, you might not need a managed service provider. Much of the work can be done alone or quickly by an IT professional. That said, if your business is starting to grow, it might be time to start looking for someone to help your company out. Not only will an MSP be great for that first period of growth, but they’ll also be able to grow with you and scale their services.
As your company gets larger, you’ll find yourself more in danger of cyberattacks. Managing this kind of situation alone can be a headache, and can seriously set you back. MSPs want to protect your company, and they can provide security to defend against these attacks, but also a plan for what happens when an attack successfully goes through.
This reduces your downtime and helps you get back on track before you’re suffering further profit loss.
If you’re starting to sense that your technology is beginning to be out of the range of your abilities, you might be looking at hiring an in-house IT professional. Unfortunately, if you’re a small business just getting started, an IT professional able to do all of the things that you need them to do might be a bit outside of your price range.
An MSP has all of the benefits of an in-house IT guy without the salary.
Is It Time for You to Get an MSP?
If your business is going through technology growing pains, it might be time to consider a managed service provider of your own.
They provide the benefits of infrastructure, security, and so much more. Having someone manage your technology will be a weight off your shoulders.
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