Don’t go it alone. This is sound advice whenever you need more than your own resources to get something done. Information technology keeps getting more complex, even for small and medium businesses, and letting an expert management service handle it can produce better results than having the internal IT staff do it all.
Networks have more devices than ever before, as mobile devices and “smart objects” become part of the mix. Malware threats have become more dangerous. The Internet’s importance to businesses of all sizes has grown. Computers need to stay up 24 hours a day, during weekdays, weekends, and holidays.
Many businesses can’t keep a staff with enough time and expertise to handle everything, and they don’t appreciate it if they’re pulled in after hours too often. For these businesses, managed IT services can be a more cost-effective and productive approach.
Using a managed service provides a more stable and reliable environment. Software updates happen regularly, not just when people have time to do them. Constant monitoring detects problems when they happen, so they can be fixed quickly. The result is fewer crashes and less downtime.
Managed services provide greater security. This is another benefit of regular updates and monitoring. A properly configured firewall prevents most attacks from getting past the probing stage. Spam filtering keeps phishing emails from tempting people. Security software will disable malware that does get through.
Costs are more predictable and results are better than paying for maintenance on a per-incident basis. Finding a service company to fix a problem when it occurs takes time, and the repair shop has to analyze the system to start looking for the problem. A managed service company is already familiar with your system and can zero in on problems more quickly.
Bringing in an outside service doesn’t mean laying off your own IT staff. You still need people who know how your systems relate to your business. They’re the ones who will communicate your special technical needs to the service. An outsourced service can help you achieve your goals, but it can’t decide what they are.
Nerds in a Flash provides expert and reliable managed IT service in the Austin and San Antonio area.