While browsing our website, chances are you will come across the term “managed service provider” or “MSP” more times than you can count, and that’s typically how we would describe our business model. However, we realize that this term might not necessarily mean much to you—at least, not without some context. Today, we want to clarify what MSPs do and how we can revolutionize the way you conduct business.
When it comes to your network security, there is a lot your company can do to take it seriously. However, one thing that a lot of organizations neglect is actively monitoring their networks for things that don’t quite make sense. Why is it so important to monitor your network, and how can you make sure that it happens in a way that is proactive for your company?
How much does your business rely on technology to keep your organization running forward? As business technology becomes more complex, it’s becoming increasingly popular for organizations to have their own internal IT departments to manage and maintain it. Yet, small businesses don’t often have the necessary funds for such a feat. How can your company afford quality IT service? You can start by pursuing managed IT solutions from a managed service provider.
We are classified as a managed service provider, which is only helpful if someone knows what managed services are. That’s why we’re taking a few minutes to review what it is that managed services are, and what a managed service provider does.
How many devices and technology solutions does your organization have to manage on a day-to-day basis? More often than not, small businesses have a limited quantity to work with for IT services, whether it’s a budget that’s too small or a workforce that’s too stretched. The problem is that IT troubles wait for no one, so you have to do everything you can to prevent them--even if it means asking for help from others.
Technology support is critical to the success of businesses, but investing in these solutions presents an entirely different problem--whether or not your business can afford an in-house support team. Depending on the budget, businesses often find themselves investing in IT support that’s both counter-productive and costly. We’re here to tell you that remote support and a help desk solution can mitigate costs and help you achieve a higher return on your investment.
Is technology a major problem for your organization? If so you’re just like many small businesses out there that think they can’t afford proper IT maintenance and management. Thankfully, managed services threatens this misperception by bringing affordable preventative solutions to the table.
Technology is an ever-growing part of today’s society, and skilled technicians are always in high demand. Nowadays, technology is so complex that it takes comprehensive and preventative maintenance to ensure that it continues working as intended. Innovators in the IT industry, like ourselves, have adopted a way to handle IT maintenance that helps SMBs like you better leverage your assets.
We’ll help your business differentiate break-fix IT from managed IT, and how the latter has significantly changed the industry.
How Break-Fix IT Works
The unfortunate truth of the business world is that many professionals who aren’t tech-savvy will continue to use their technology, even though it’s showing signs of degradation. This is a dangerous practice. When technology isn’t receiving necessary preventative maintenance, small issues can blossom into major problems that can no longer be ignored. Some business owners feel that putting off maintenance for as long as possible can save them money, but in the end, it winds up being much more expensive and risky.
Let’s use the automobile as an example. It works best when you provide the proper maintenance, like oil changes, tire replacements, and so on. Unfortunately, some people don’t take very good care of their cars, and what happens to them when their vehicles break down? More often than not, they pay a hefty fee for replacement parts and labor. In some cases, they might have to take a loan out to pay for an entirely new vehicle. These are expenses that can be prevented if the car receives the proper care throughout its life cycle.
How Managed IT Services Work
Break-fix IT may be designed to prolong the inevitable, but proactive managed IT services are designed to resolve issues as they become apparent, in an effort to save you money in the long run. Businesses that utilize managed IT services tend to outsource the responsibility of maintaining IT systems to third-party providers. The goal is to avoid major technology problems by resolving minor issues. For example, taking proper care of your server units and workstations can improve their lifespan, which means that you won’t have to replace them as often due to hardware failure.
Business owners have a lot on their plate, and they often don’t have enough time in the day to accomplish all of their goals. One of the biggest advantages of utilizing managed IT solutions is that you get back all of the time that your team would waste on wrestling with your technology solutions. Plus, replacing a critical piece of hardware before its time is up can be crippling to your budget, making it far more cost-effective to prevent problems rather than continuously replace failing technology.
Basically, the big difference between break-fix IT and proactive managed IT is the fact that you’ll be dealing with fewer technical hiccups due to regular maintenance and management. This leads to more uptime and more cost savings, allowing you to focus on what matters most: running your business.
If your team is ready to improve the way you handle technology, or you’re just sick of dealing with faulty equipment, PCSOFT can help. Our technicians can provide expert advice and care for your technology. To learn more, give us a call at 02 98730080.
Your business offers a unique set of products or services for your chosen service area. You’re an expert in your field, but there are other parts of running a business that you may not excel at. Part of hiring new employees is shoring up weaknesses in your own business model, but why not achieve the same result by outsourcing these responsibilities to a third party?
Outsourcing your IT management is a particularly great way to handle your business’s technology, simply due to the fact that it eliminates the need for your business to deal with all of the frustrations that come with it. There are many benefits and possibilities that your business can take advantage of, allowing your business to fully leverage and manage its technology.
The most notable benefit that businesses can take advantage of by outsourcing their IT management is to save time and frustration related to technology management. Professional technicians, like those at PCSOFT, have experience working with and maintaining technology solutions of all kinds, and we have a thorough understanding of how to implement budget-friendly technology that can improve your business’ operations. You’ll be able to set your mind at ease, knowing that your technology is being handled by qualified professionals who excel at their craft.
Another great benefit that outsourced IT providers is a significant reduction of overall costs in the long run. New technology solutions and services can be costly if paid for up-front, but by outsourcing your IT to a managed service provider, you turn these IT costs into monthly expenses that are easy to fit into any budget. This means that you can turn capital expenses into operating expenses, allowing for further savings and greater budgeting flexibility.
Outsourced IT has the power to transform just about any part of an IT infrastructure into a service offering, which help to remove the pain of technology management from your in-house team. Furthermore, all of these services allow for immediate cost savings. If your business is in charge of managing its own technology, chances are that you’re, at the very least, strapped for time and resources. Outsourcing services like server hosting, data backup and disaster recovery, email hosting, and cloud services, allows your business to remain competitive and flexible.
The limitations your business may have faced before with break-fix IT can be completely left behind. Technology that’s constantly breaking down on you does nothing but signal that there’s an easier way of doing things. If your systems are constantly failing, it could lead to immense costs that break your budget. PCSOFT’s outsourced IT solutions are designed to prevent issues from becoming bigger problems, and to improve the longevity of your technology through extensive monitoring and maintenance.
If your business is ready to improve operations, departing from the traditional break-fix IT model is a great first step. PCSOFT can help your business do so with outsourced proactive IT solutions. Our services are designed to improve operations and increase your business’s bottom line. To learn more, contact PCSOFT at 02 98730080.
A company’s IT infrastructure includes many moving pieces. Managing it all can be a complex venture that alludes the common employee. Yet, resolving IT issues often falls on the lap of your employees, since they’re the ones facing the problems. In situations like this, it would be best if your staff could simply resolve these issues with just one simple phone call.
Now, you’re probably already familiar with the many managed IT services offered by PCSOFT, and how we’re just a phone call away to resolve many of your IT issues. Or, how with several IT scenarios, we catch the issue before it turns into a problem and resolve it for you so that you don’t have to even be bothered by it. However, despite the fact that we offer our clients several useful IT services, there might still be some technology-related issues that we don’t directly cover under your current agreement.
Regarding technology issues like these that lie outside the scope of our service contract, organizations can’t reasonably expect every one of their employees to know exactly what technology problems we cover and which ones we don’t. Instead, your staff would benefit from having one phone number to call for any and every technology problem, which is where PCSOFT’s vendor management service comes into play.
Essentially, this is an IT service where we become the single point of contact for all of your company’s technology needs. It’s designed to make things easier for businesses by streamlining the way IT issues are handled and resolved. If you’re unsure if PCSOFT’s vendor management service is right for you, then consider all the different technologies you have in your office, along with all the different vendors associated with each piece of equipment.
For example, your printers, your Internet connection, or your line-of-business applications, would each require its own trained technician to resolve an unexpected issue. That’s three different phone numbers, three different accounts, and three different bills to pay. How nice would it be to only deal with one company for all of your technology dealings? This is yet another way that PCSOFT makes technology work for you, instead of you working for your technology.
As a bonus, when PCSOFT arranges a vendor for a fix, you can be sure that it’s a quality service provider and not some fly-by-night break-fix company that’s going to overcharge you. In fact, the vendors that we select to work on your IT equipment are companies that we know, trust, and work with on a regular basis. Therefore, you stand to gain from these deep working relationships that we have with technology companies. This is a much better arrangement than having to select a random company that you’re unfamiliar with.
At the end of the day, streamlining your technology issues down a single point of contact might get you thinking about other ways that you can do the same with your company’s operations. For virtually every task out there, you can bet there’s a technological solution available that will make it easier. If there is, PCSOFT can find it for you and provide it for you, or at least hook you up with someone else that can. For all of your company’s technology needs, there’s only one phone number you need to remember: 02 98730080.
The latest technology solutions can provide incredible assets to your company, but they can be difficult to leverage properly if you’re not a professional technician. As the owner of a small or medium-sized business, you have an important decision to make: outsource your IT to talented professionals, or hire in-house IT technicians. More often than not, it’s more budget-friendly to outsource your IT.
We are capable of managing your business’s entire IT infrastructure, including workstations, servers, cloud infrastructures, network security, data backup and disaster recovery, and so much more. You can be sure that most enterprises utilize these technologies to get the upper hand on their competition, but the typical SMB has a unique obstacle to overcome; they don’t ordinarily have a budget that allows for the hiring of multiple talented IT professionals, or they can’t afford to implement these solutions because they’re too expensive. Managed service providers want to bring these solutions to small businesses at a reasonable price, eliminating the expensive overhead costs of implementing powerful new solutions.
There are several benefits your business can achieve from taking advantage of managed service offerings, but the two that are extremely important are: 1) Proficient, hands-off technology management, and 2) Cost-effective technology solutions.
Outsourced IT Eases Your Workload
At first glance, outsourcing your IT might appear counter-productive, since your IT won’t be in-house. However, consider the benefits that having an entirely outsourced IT department offers. Since their sole responsibility is the maintenance and management of your technology, your team won’t have to take precious moments out of their days to resolve problems. Furthermore, you can guarantee that the required maintenance is performed at regular intervals, rather than relying on your team to make sure your machines are updated and maintained.
By giving this responsibility to PCSOFT, your team can save countless hours that might be spent ironing out technology issues. Our skilled professionals are more than qualified to ensure your technology functions as intended. Since your team won’t have to worry about technology issues, they can work as hard as they need to without the crutch of working around unexpected tech problems. They can instead use their time on new, more profitable initiatives.
Outsourced IT is More Cost-Effective
The latest technology solutions can come with expensive up-front costs, especially for an SMB. The enterprise generally doesn’t have a problem with these expenses, due to their IT budget being significantly larger than a small business. Therefore, the SMB finds itself in a conundrum where it needs new technology, but its budget will be put in jeopardy if it acts on these needs. For example, an unpredictable hardware failure could force you into replacing it with new hardware that will probably break your budget. This is a problem that your business shouldn’t need to worry about.
Therefore, it’s our duty as a managed service provider to offer affordable services that are in-line with your business’s specific needs. PCSOFT can help your business take advantage of monthly rates, reducing the pain of purchasing new technology. Basically, you can turn the maintenance, management, and procurement of your business technology from a capital expense into an operational expense, freeing up your budget for more profitable initiatives.
For more information about our managed IT services, give PCSOFT a call at 02 98730080.
Technology management is a major pain point for small and medium-sized businesses. Some organizations might have an in-house team dedicated to handling all of the technology maintenance and management while others will choose to outsource this responsibility to a managed IT service provider. While going with an MSP for your business’s IT needs has its advantages, it also presents a unique set of challenges that must be overcome.