Very few companies these days are able to operate without a technology platform. In California, even micro companies such as food truck operators and small enterprises such as family need some level of IT infrastructure or functionality. Once a business begins to rely on technology for day-to-day operational purposes, even the slightest IT setback can trigger a negative domino effect.
All the major IT challenges faced by business owners can be addressed by managed services:
- Outdated hardware
- Potential data loss incidents
- Data privacy compliance
- Overall network security
- Constant monitoring
Managed IT services are provided as part of a package agreement that includes provisioning the necessary hardware and equipment to build an office network, and this does not necessarily mean installing a server on premise; in some cases, a cloud data infrastructure may be a better option that can be operated with a minimal hardware setup supported by thin clients connected by routers and switches. With a managed IT services agreement, the maintenance, repairs, and upgrades of the equipment become the responsibility of the provider and not of the business owner.
Get Ahead with Managed IT Services
The advantages of managed IT services are proactive; whereas the IT department at many small businesses can only afford to be reactive, meaning that they spring into action when something goes wrong, managed services providers think ahead and implement measures to prevent and mitigate tech issues. Depending on your company’s needs, a managed services agreement may include new equipment, network monitoring, hardware configuration, security alerts, data backup, and recovery systems, hosting, VoIP systems, and more.