A managed service provider can often be the key to helping a business run more effectively and save them money in the process. Typically, this entails allowing another company to handle the responsibilities of daily IT operations as a way to enhance effectiveness and save money in the process. Since an outside company manages the day-to-day operations, this is considered outsourcing regardless of where the company is managed service provider is located. Often the word “outsourcing” scares people thinking their network is going to be hosted in another country, which may or may not be the case, but even if your managed care provider is two blocks from your company, it is still outsourcing.
Why do Companies Use Managed Service Providers?
Interestingly, there are two major reasons that companies turn to managed service, the first is money, because the company will save money from tying to manage their IT functions internally, and many times companies are stretched so thin that they do not have the time or the expertise to properly manage their services. Therefore, by allowing a third-party managed service provider to maintain the companies’ networks and servers, the company is actually in better shape financially.
In addition to day-to-day operations that managed providers take over for a company, there is also managed hosting, which is very common to have this as part of the managed provider’s package. This is where the provider is managing the company’s Internet and network services. This means that the company that is hiring the managed services is also monitoring their website 24 hours a day, which for many online businesses; this is definitely something that is necessary to have in place. The business that is providing these services typically bills the company monthly, quarterly, or annually depending on the desires and needs of the company, that needs managed services.
What are the Benefits of a Managed Service Providers?
By using a managed care provider, you can free up your time as a business to deal with customer’s and growing the business rather than getting stuck constantly needing additional manpower to manage your growing network. If something breaks or is about to break, your servers and other IT information is being monitored, and therefore since it is continually monitored, downtime is rare, which means your business can be more effective when it comes to providing your customers with seamless customer service and products.