Companies often struggle with finding talent, and a variety of factors can contribute to this. Some are limited by their geographic location, although this has been made significantly less of a factor thanks to remote technology, whereas others might be limited by budget. Fortunately, outsourcing is a great way to shore up weaknesses in your organization’s operations, particularly for finding IT talent.
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For many businesses, despite the incredible benefits that technology can offer, it is often a source of significant stress. This is especially true for the small business owner, who often has much more restrictive parameters to work with, such as a limited budget, workforce, and even the workspace or office. How can businesses like yours stay competitive against companies that have so many more resources available to them? One answer, in terms of technology management, is managed services.
For most of the past years small business owners have been raked over the coals; dealing with sudden economic and political shifts isn’t great on the budget and in fact, many businesses haven’t made it this far. If yours has, you are almost certainly looking for value in every business investment that you make. There are few investments that you can make for your business that carry more value than managed IT services.
Working in technology can be illuminating: we are constantly coming across situations that we’ve never seen before. Sometimes this is the result of how fast technology moves, and sometimes it has to do with a business’ IT strategy but, regardless of the problems we are asked to fix, we realize that without our clients, we’d be nothing. That’s why we decided to discuss some of the variables that every business owner should know about managed IT services.
Your business needs its technology to fuel its day-to-day operations; that means they need to be maintained. Companies that don’t have an IT department will often look to utilize different strategies to ensure their IT is up and running. However, without the proper expertise, keeping this technology maintained can be a significant problem.
Do you know when the last time your copier was serviced? Do you know if the software your business relies on has been updated and patched? If you have no idea about the answers to these questions, you may be staring disaster in the face. Below we discuss how you can ensure that your technology is managed and how you can keep your business from being jeopardized by a catastrophic operational issue.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has put a ton of pressure on small businesses; many have even been forced to close down operations until the situation ends. For those that are able to keep operations up and running there are likely to be some difficult decisions that will have to be made. Macro Systems is here to help by offering comprehensive IT support and services that will help keep your business up and running efficiently and securely at a time when many of your competitors might be closing their doors.
About 10 years ago, when managed IT services were just beginning to gain traction, one of the critical selling points was that break/fix was expensive; not only was the machine you needed fixed broken, your business had to eat the cost of downtime. Now that many businesses have benefited from the proactive approach to IT management, and managed IT services are a big part of business for a lot of companies, one question is left unanswered: What happens when technology breaks under a managed IT services agreement?
Macro Systems is always trying to get our message out, sharing how our services can add value to just about any kind of business - including nonprofits and municipalities - seeing as just about every modern business relies on technology to some degree. We wanted to demonstrate below how that value can present itself through managed services.
The information technology solutions that are available for businesses to utilize are continually improving. While these enhancements are beneficial to your operational abilities, you do need to make sure you are staying up to date; a managed service provider can help with IT Procurement.
Data is of critical importance to many modern businesses; with the help of a managed service provider, it can become even more useful. Let's take a look at the ways that data can be utilized to your organization's benefit.
The company that manufactures products is first and foremost interested in efficiency; they need their processes to churn out products, be cost effective, and be repeatable. The goal of IT services for manufacturers is to help facilitate efficient and effective processes beginning with procurement of resources through to the support of the goods.
Your employees appreciate when you provide them with all the tools they require to accomplish their day-to-day tasks. If you take the time to give them everything they need to do their jobs, then they will, in turn, provide you with a higher rate of productivity and work quality. One way you can make this happen is by providing them access to the technical assistance they require to succeed.
Small businesses with limited budgets and staffing have always had difficulty maintaining and managing their technology solutions. Working with narrow resources doesn’t have to be a challenge, but more often than not, technology creates issues for companies that don’t have a dedicated IT support system. What if Macro Systems told you that it didn’t have to be this way, and that accessible IT management is something that all organizations can achieve?
Your organization's technology solutions may be a major point of contention for your bottom line, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t create value with it. One of the best ways you can create value for your companies' IT is by implementing a better way of managing it. Macro Systems will walk you through what it means to shift from break-fix IT to managed IT services, as well as what questions you should ask to expedite the process.
If you are a business owner that has been in business for a decade you’ve probably seen how emerging technologies have altered the face of business. Technologies such as cloud computing have created opportunities for many businesses to get the powerful computing infrastructures they need without enormous upfront costs. As this trend continues, the IT services have begun to move past core IT management and support and onto providing real solutions for the modern business. Let's take a look at how the Managed Service Provider (MSP) is at the forefront of a data revolution that has no end in sight.
The #1 reason to utilize managed IT services is the value it provides for your organization compared to the alternatives. Once upon a time businesses may have depended on unreliable and expensive services to successfully maintain their IT, but in this current era, it’s more efficient and, in most cases, more affordable than ever before. Let's go through how managed service providers can create value opportunities for your organization.
Managing business technology is no simple task, especially if your budget doesn’t isn't large enough for an internal IT department. You want professionals who know what they are doing to be the first ones handling your organization’s technology solutions, but sometimes this just isn’t possible. While the concept of outsourcing technology management and maintenance to a third party sounds odd at first, it is better just about any other alternative out there.
It’s imperative to think about how your business manages its technology, especially in our modern era where businesses rely heavily on critical software and hardware solutions. Granted, getting the technology assistance you need may be difficult with a limited budget and workforce. Managed services can be a reliable alternative to your business hiring and managing its own IT department, and they can even be used to augment your current IT administrators.
Organizations of all sizes utilize varying degrees of technology to upgrade productivity, efficiency, and security. The more an organization depends on its data, the more imperative it is for them to manage and maintain the systems in which this data is dependent. For businesses that have a lack of financial resources to support these systems, it is often left to unqualified employees, putting your organization at risk. What do you do when you need expertise that you lack and can’t afford to hire in-house staff?