6 Ways Managed IT Services Can Boost Your Florida Business (it’s not all user support!)
Managed IT Services providers are often thought of only in the context of user support; when your computer is acting up, you call your IT company to troubleshoot and fix the issue. While this is certainly an important benefit that MSPs can provide, there is so much more to it than that… including the following:
Providing automated, 24/7 system monitoring is just one example of the proactive problem-solving in which 4QuartersIT can engage to alleviate issues before they cause you pain. Let us say one of your executives is about to fly overseas for an important meeting – and unbeknownst to her, the hard drive in her laptop is on its last legs. Thanks to monitoring software pre-installed on her computer, 4QuartersIT will detect the problem before her hard drive fails and can replace it before she leaves.
In terms of security, your company is far better off hiring an MSP than trying to protect itself internally. After all, we live in an age when ever-evolving phishing scams and ransomware are practically impossible for business owners to keep up with, let alone know how to safeguard against. At 4QuartersIT, we frequently encounter clients using inexpensive or free solutions for their endpoint security, and unfortunately, these widely available solutions generally only protect against about 75% of the threats out there today. While having them in place is better than using nothing at all, they are not nearly as effective as the endpoint security solutions 4QuartersIT can implement, monitor and update when necessary.
As with security, this is an area that can really benefit from MSP experience and resources. One company’s collaboration needs are bound to be at least a little different from another’s, and at 4QuartersIT, we’re able to draw upon the knowledge we’ve accumulated from collaborative solutions to other clients. What does that mean for you? In short, we can confidently recommend the best applications to meet your company’s specific collaboration needs in a way that is both comprehensive and cost-effective.
Real-time data reporting can be a phenomenal tool – with a price tag to match. As an alternative to shouldering that intimidating financial burden alone, a small to medium sized business can turn to 4QuartersIT to spread the cost across multiple clients, effectively making high-level reporting much more attainable to clients with limited IT budgets.
Predicting future IT expenditures can be a big concern for companies but signing up for managed IT services can take away the guesswork thanks to a fixed monthly rate. In addition, your account manager will help you budget for future needs on the horizon –such as hardware replacement, upgrades and other special projects – so you can plan accordingly and not be caught off guard. The annual cost of utilizing 4QuartersIT is more cost-effective than the salary and overhead costs associated with hiring a single dedicated IT professional and we can provide access to a whole team of techs and their skill sets.
While you can hire the most technically brilliant people available to take care of your internal IT needs, such individuals may not be inclined to approach IT from a budgetary or business perspective – particularly if that might cut into their funding. In contrast, MSPs have more of a CIO’s perspective: We think about IT solutions not just in terms of what they are going to achieve technologically, but also how they will impact your bottom line and day-to-day operations.
As a leading managed services provider in north Florida, 4QuartersIT‘s dedicated security engineers specialize in cyber security and have been helping businesses stay protected for over 30 years. If you’d like to learn how you can follow security best practices or confirm that you’re already following the most up-to-date methods, contact us at security@4QuartersIT.com for a free consultation.