Understanding Managed Services And How They Benefit SMBs
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- Automated tasks like the cleaning of temporary files
- Applying tested security patches as required
- Installing virus and Malware protection
- System backup and disaster recover/business continuity processes
Is Managed Services Better than Other Ways to Manage IT
We find that far too many companies have no real perspective about how much IT management costs them. Let’s review some of the alternatives to managed services.
Hiring In-House IT Support
Typically, a firm with anywhere from 20-60 employees may feel that one person can manage their technology. Understand that this one full-time employee can demand a significant salary since they’ll have to be proficient with desktop, server and network support, and interact with both end-users in the Help Desk role and management. They will likely be overworked and vulnerable to error or oversights that may prove to be costly. And what happens if they’re out sick or on vacation?
The Break/Fix Mentality
The majority of smaller companies take this route because they feel as if they’re too small for a more sophisticated 24/7 approach to IT management. They also feel pressure to direct all resources on the product or service, not behind-the-scenes operations. They decide to use on-call IT techs when broken technology has already disrupted business. The on-call team’s response time and overall lack of familiarity with your systems extends downtime and proves to be a much more expensive resolution to IT management. It’s reactive, not proactive, and it’s a costly mistake too often made. This is why many SMBs today feel that managed services are the most cost-effective way to support their IT infrastructure and the best way to get more bang for their buck.
ITIL-Standardized Support Primarily for End-Users. As the majority of tickets are resolved remotely the AIS Helpdesk can make on-site visits more efficient because more preparation can be done with more information available to the engineer. Often including, but not limited to Desktop and user support, Equipment, software, and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) documentation, Break/fix troubleshooting, maintenance and monitoring, and Installation of hardware, software and peripherals.