Many organizations are looking for ways to continue evolving and moving their business forward, likely into a new era also marked by rapid evolution and changing customer preferences. And while many leaders focus on business plans and new product offerings as a way to evolve, technological changes must also be a part of this plan. One tech change that will likely become more popular is the use of managed IT service providers.
Managed IT service providers (MSP) offer many businesses a chance to boost their IT offerings while increasing efficiency. Moreover, they can also help propel your business in a way that gives you an edge over the competition. Here are several key ways managed IT services can move your business forward.
- Introducing Innovation: The pace of technological innovation is astounding. In a matter of decades, computing power has grown to support advanced digital breakthroughs. Staying on top of this rapid innovation and the potential ways it could impact your business (in both positive and negative ways) would require a team of individuals constantly conducting research. Unfortunately, this isn’t practical for most businesses, but it is possible for many managed IT service providers. They often have staff that continually learn about breakthroughs in tech, including ways it may impact many industries. And this means that when you contract for managed IT services, your provider can often discuss technological innovations that may be a worthwhile investment while discouraging tech purchases that may not deliver a strong ROI. This is no small benefit. Many innovations, such as blockchain, the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, and automation, are starting to be widely adopted in a business setting. A managed service provider can help you identify the right applications that will give you the best business benefits, which is key to staying ahead of the competition.
- Better Security: Risks are an inherent part of running a business. However, the nature of many major risks has changed throughout the decades. Currently, one of the biggest threats for businesses of all sizes is cybercrime. Every day, millions of businesses are targeted by cybercriminals with an increasingly sophisticated array of attacks. Even one successful attack could do enough damage to close your doors forever, which means that digital security is vital for all modern businesses. When working with a managed IT service provider, you don’t have to feel quite as much stress related to data security. You have the comfort of knowing that your company’s security is in the hands of professionals who know how to defend against all major cyber attacks. Since data security will likely remain a top business concern for the foreseeable future, working with a whole team of security specialists is a great way of ensuring your business remains successful.
- Achieving Peak Efficiency: The recent pandemic forced a record number of businesses to close. They simply couldn’t evolve quickly enough or find enough working capital to sustain operations. Unfortunately, even with operations returning to normal for many companies, the profit margin remains incredibly lean for surviving businesses. Leaders have been forced to find creative ways to save money or generate new income streams. And many companies are looking to enhance efficiency as a way to boost profits. With managed IT services, you can find new ways that technology can support efficiency and improve many aspects of business performance.
- Supporting Different Work Models: There is no denying that the working environment looks very different for many companies than it did just a few years ago. The pandemic presented an opportunity for many businesses to explore remote work and hybrid work options. To the surprise of many, these changes often positively impacted employee satisfaction, efficiency, productivity, and even costs. Given the many benefits of these working arrangements, it’s no surprise that the changes implemented during the pandemic have become permanent for many businesses. And now, some companies are taking a step further to adopt a global workforce model. There are likely additional benefits to this change, but overcoming the geographic area often means you need different technology to boost security and provide the right tools for your team to collaborate and communicate effectively with other team members. Managed IT services can often help your business identify ways to overcome the barriers of an increasingly global labor force.
The reality is that staying competitive is more important than ever before, given the level of competition and the pace of progress. To learn how managed IT services can propel your business forward and stay ahead of the pack, contact Sagacent Technologies today.
Sagacent Technologies offers technology management and support, including proactive/preventative maintenance, onsite and offsite data back-ups, network and security audits, mobility solutions, disaster planning, and emergency business resumption services. The company serves clients of 10 to 150 employees within the Silicon Valley region.