As a growing business, it’s important to foresee what’s coming whenever possible. Staying ahead of what’s to come can help adequately prepare your company for success. IT management is one area growing companies need to always be one step ahead of. The reason why is this: more than 140,000 hard drives crash every week, and they can cost thousands of dollars to recover with no guarantee of success. On top of that, when drives and other pertinent systems instrumental in production go down, the business suffers financially. Downtime alone can cost an average of $5,600 per minute.

If you’re anticipating company growth, you need to be considering how you can stay ahead of the game in IT management, and one of the ways to do that is with managed IT services.

What Are Managed IT Services?

Managed IT services are IT services a business can outsource to a service provider. Managed service providers can work along with your IT department to help lighten their load or replace them altogether to ensure 24/7 coverage of IT duties.

What Are the benefits?

Regardless of your business, technology plays a critical role in meeting the needs of your business. We’ve become so dependent on IT for our business, that when it isn’t fully functional it could end up costing us a lot. On top of that, business are rarely prepared with a backup plan for our technology failures. Fortunately, managed IT services provide the following benefits for your business:

–   Cost Savings:  Managed IT services can save your business a lot. Most services are paid as a monthly subscription, meaning you always know how much your IT services will cost you. There are no hidden costs and you never have to worry about having to pay unexpectedly when a machine breaks down or any other type of technical maintenance. The cost of your subscription depends on the services you use and the number of people using them. You also save on labor costs because hiring and training IT staff can be expensive. This also eliminates other costs that come with hiring staff, like benefits, salaries, and insurance.

–   Experienced Professionals: With Managed IT services, you’re outsourcing IT services to a service provider that already has the required expertise for your IT needs—and all costs to hire are left with the service provider.

–   Enhanced IT Security: Businesses are exposed to cyber-attacks and threats daily. Managed IT services can relieve some of the stress by preventing malware from entering the network, preventing hackers from stealing confidential information or misusing/damaging critical systems, identifying and resolving misconfiguration issues, and eliminating security loopholes to reduce risks. 

–   24/7 Monitoring: Managed IT services eliminate the need to worry about who’ll be working weekends or on holidays. With managed IT services, you automatically get 24/7/365 support, which is necessary to ensure that your team is always productive. 24/7 monitoring also assures you get proactive solutions when you need them. Managed IT services can catch issues before they escalate into serious problems, saving you time and money. It’s quick to respond to ensure downtime is at a minimum.

–   Data Compliance: Never worry about not being compliant. As a business, you’re obligated to meet strict standards and requirements for integration with your IT initiatives, like the Privacy Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Your managed service provider will always ensure you’re in compliance when it comes to these laws and others specific to your industry.

The Rack59 Difference

Don’t allow catastrophic IT consequences, like the server crashing or a network failing to cause your business to lose money or productivity. Any one of these types of occurrences can leave your business at a standstill. Don’t be among one the 60% of businesses that will cease to exist within six months of a data disaster. The time is now to get ahead of IT management and employ an IT-managed service provider that can fully meet your needs.

Rack59 has a fully-managed approach to IT that can help with pro-active remote monitoring and management; we are always keeping tabs and monitoring your IT infrastructure. That means 24/7 monitoring, 365 days of the year. And if there is a problem, our professional staff are able to fix it—sometimes without even coming to you, or without you ever knowing there was ever a problem. That’s the advantage of our fully-managed approach.

With us focusing on the technological aspects of your business, you get to focus on what matters most—growing your business. Contact us to learn more.