Top Five Reasons Your Architecture Firm Needs to Partner with a Managed IT Service Provider
Information Technology has been spreading into all facets of the business, large or small, in recent years (from sales and marketing to online training). It is now essential for CEOs and Small Business owners to have a highly qualified IT staff, to make sure their technology is running at optimal levels, and to support their business needs, to produce better results than the competition.
However, it’s not easy to achieve these goals, with less financial resources, generally available for small and medium-sized businesses. Maintaining your own, well run, IT department can take up too much budget and time resources. Even then the business results are not guaranteed, due to lack of expertise in specific areas of technology and lack of strategic thinking in other.
These disadvantages have led many small and medium businesses to turn to Managed IT service providers to become their virtual IT department. There are numerous benefits to partnering with a Managed IT Services Provider, and today we will focus on what most businesses view as their top five:
Strategic guidance from a Virtual CIO – Making sure your IT is in alignment with the business objectives should be the number one priority for any small and medium business owner or CEO. Today, as opposed to even five years ago, Information Technology is everywhere and ever evolving. Being at the head of this fast moving train can help your business grow more efficiently, and help be much more useful in all areas.
Decreased technology risks – It’s great to have a partner that is as interested in keeping your environment up and running smoothly, as you are. Working with a managed service provider offloads the need to worry about repairing, implementing or replacing complex technology solutions from your shoulders.
Access to enterprise technologies for a fraction of the cost – Your partner has the ability and expertise to scale down the leading technology solutions the large companies are using, so that your business can maintain its competitive advantage.
Full visibility and control of IT – Working with a partner does not mean losing control of your IT department, in fact, it means just the opposite. Your Managed Services partner can gather and provide much more data, then you could internally, and will meet with you monthly to make sense of it all.
Expertise on demand – Need help with that unique, once a year, configuration change for an application vendor? You Managed IT partner will have an expert available to take on that task in no time, and at a fraction of the cost of a full-time internal employee.
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