With uncertainty everywhere as the fallout from Brexit looms, and a well-documented technical skills shortage in the UK, there has never been a better time to consider using an MSP (Managed Service Provider) to manage your business’s IT and technology requirements.
Here are our top 6 reasons why you should consider using an MSP:
- Experts on hand
Technology moves at such a pace that it is almost impossible for any in-house member of staff to stay up to date with all the latest products, services, innovations and recommendations whilst doing their day-to-day job.
Using an MSP means you have the expertise of many Technicians and IT Professionals at the end of the phone. As MSPs deal with many different businesses operating across the full spectrum of sectors, with a variety of IT systems, problems, products and technologies, they will have amassed a far greater knowledge-base of experience than you could ever hope to accrue with an in-house team.
- Consistent cost
The majority of MSPs work on a monthly fee basis which means you choose the package that is right for your business and pay a fixed amount each month – no surprises, no additions (unless you agree to additional work to improve your systems).
Employing and managing an in-house IT team comes with a whole host of associated costs including; sickness, holiday cover, recruitment costs, constant training and up-skilling…the list goes on and on.
- No need to worry about finding and employing the right skills in-house
We recently wrote about the UK skills shortage, especially in the technical skills sector – Is an MSP a viable answer to the UK skills shortage? – where we looked at using an MSP as a viable and logical solution for businesses and organisation who are not able to find the right calibre of candidate when recruiting for IT roles.
- Industry-leading expertise – guaranteed
Any MSP that has been in business for more than 5 years will have amassed a sufficient amount of experience in managing clients’ IT systems, strategies and security products. This gives you the confidence that industry-leading experts are only a phone call away.
An MSP can only stay in business if they keep industry knowledge and skills at the forefront of their staff development plans and it is very easy to spot an MSP that doesn’t offer only the highest level of expertise.
Top tip: If you aren’t sure of the quality of the MSP you are considering working with, there are two things you can check to put your mind at rest; their customer testimonials and the calibre of partners they choose to work with.
Both of these things will tell you the level of expertise you are likely to receive from your chosen MSP. If they use industry-leading products from experienced partners, they will have the backing of their partners training and expertise to pull on.
If there customers are prepared to vouch for their level of service and experience, they are likely to provide your business with everything it needs to keep it safe and productive.
- ALWAYS Cyber Secure
The single largest threat to any business in the UK in 2019 is a cyber attack. Whether this is from a phishing attack targeting your email security or a malware or ransomware attack targeting your organisation in exchange for your sensitive data.
Cyber security is the biggest and fastest growing risk to any business in the UK and you can only hope to remain safe with the best possible security solutions in place.
Email security, firewalls, anti-virus, disaster recovery and business continuity…the list of actions required to keep you safe and moving forward is growing everyday, but only the best of the best can keep you safe as you go about your day-to-day routines.
Having an IT strategy that can support your growth plans is rarely something most businesses have. For a number of reasons, businesses make IT infrastructure purchases on an ad-hoc basis, use legacy systems, and process and store data in a multitude of formats and places.
his can often be because they don’t have the internal skills to manage such change, they don’t have the time or expertise to dedicate to a full IT strategy, or they simply don’t have the knowledge in-house to understand the various options for future growth.
Whether it is cloud-solutions, server and network security, IT procurement, or disaster recovery and business continuity, an MSP can offer an IT Consultancy service to help you plan for future growth whilst keeping costs down and productivity up.
If you are interested in finding out more about how an MSP could help your business or organisation move forward and stay safe online, contact us today on 01283 753333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org