Managed Network Services could be the next best move for your business. Managed Network Services are on the move in a variety of industries for many good reasons. Here are a few for you to consider:
Reason #1: You can’t fix your own car anymore.
Sure, you’re smart enough to figure it out. You may even have a garage, a buddy, a case of beer, and an open weekend to get the job done. But the reality is this: today’s cars are so sophisticated that they require some pretty expensive and sophisticated tools to do the job right. I used to help my buddy tune up his GTO with a timing lamp and a beer. Now we drop the car at the garage and go to the bar.
The same thing can be said about your Network. Your IT staff has people that are smart enough, but they may not have all the tools and time required to keep your IT engine running as smoothly as it could. Managed Network Service providers invest in sophisticated tools to monitor and fix problems with your network quickly and efficiently. And yes, these tools are expensive, so that’s why they spread that cost across many clients so you don’t have to absorb it all yourself.
Reason #2: You probably don’t grow all the food you eat.
I like fresh tomatoes, so every Spring I buy a $15.00 tomato plant, put it in a pot, set it on my patio, and I get a fresh tomato or two to put on my salad. Sure it takes some extra time, water, and sunlight - and I never know when they will be ready to eat – but they taste good and it’s a fun hobby. But when I want to really eat well … I go to a restaurant, a grocery store, or the farmer’s market because I want food, a lot of food most times, and these guys know how to get it to me. They’ve figured it all out. And, they sell it to me faster, better, and more reliably than I ever could by planting, harvesting, and preparing my own $8.00, “home grown” tomatoes.
Your IT Network is food for your business and sometimes it just isn’t practical to
“grow” all of the IT you need yourself. Managed Service Providers can deliver a nutritious Network Infrastructure efficiently so you can have all the Network you need, when you need it, and at a reasonable cost.
Reason #3: College is really expensive these days.
My daughter is applying to colleges this year and I can tell you first hand that education isn’t cheap. Neither is keeping your IT staff trained and competent. The complexity of IT is increasing exponentially. So, if you have a small or single-person IT staff, keeping your people trained, certified, and up to speed with all the technologies that run your business is virtually impossible.
Managed Network Service providers have a variety of certified staff that is often specialized in various IT disciplines. Do you need a guy who really knows Microsoft Exchange? A person who is specialized in Disaster Recovery? Managed Network Service providers probably have just the guy you need, when you need him. And yes, they’ve been trained and certified on someone else’s time and dime.
Reason #4: You don’t bring the boat unless you can afford the gas.
I remember back in the 1970s when we trailered our ski boat down to Florida for our winter vacation. We spent a lot of time and elbow grease getting it ready. It was in perfect shape for a great week of water skiing. But then gas prices went through the roof and our boat spent most of it’s time on the trailer. “Can’t afford
the gas, son” my dad said. Very disappointing. It can be tough when you’ve got a vehicle that can take you places but not enough money for the gas to get you there.
If your business is like most, you have a finite amount of money, time, and resources to spend on technology. Your Network is like the boat and the applications you use are like the gas. If you spend all your resources on taking care of the Infrastructure; you may not have enough money for the apps. And that means your company is going nowhere fast. Managed Network Service companies let your team focus on the technologies that move your company forward while they take care of boat.
Reason #5: There are still only 24 hours in the day.
If you are like most companies, your IT staff is tired. They are working days, nights, and weekends to keep your business running. Many are taking calls and working while on vacation. From a Human Resources perspective, this is a recipe for disaster and can lead to poor attitude, low performance, bad service to internal customers, and high turnover. Outsourcing some of your IT department’s workload can reduce the workload and the stress, and turn the vilest helpdesk villain into everyone’s IT hero.
Managed Network Service providers offer select service packages that can help you where you most need it. Need a helpdesk? Someone to manage your backups? Setup your workstations? Managed Network Service companies can take the load off of your staff while giving better service to your internal users and your customers.