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Best Practices for Implementing a Managed IT Strategy

Posted by Blue Technologies Ohio on May 10, 2021 8:15:00 AM

Managed IT services are a critical element for many businesses. Both companies that have small or no internal IT departments and those with IT departments that are overwhelmed with tasks can benefit from help from a competent Managed Services Provider (MSP).

An MSP can provide a range of services from remote monitoring, maintenance, and security all the way up to major IT projects such as software development or other IT initiatives — and approximately two-thirds of today’s organizations are using an MSP.

Typical reasons organizations note for adopting Managed IT services include:

  • Increased security
  • Proactive management of IT issues
  • Consistent uptime
  • Access to leading-edge technologies
  • Cost savings
  • Peace of mind
  • Freeing up in-house IT staff for mission-critical work
  • Access to cloud solutions
  • Lack of in-house IT support
  • Ability to handle IT tasks for a remote office

While managed services can range from basic services that help current IT staff focus on more mission-critical tasks to a full-service model that functions as an outsourced IT department, the overall goal is to keep your company on the leading edge of the constantly changing face of information technology.

The Right Elements for a Strong Managed IT Program

Implementing a Managed IT strategy can help secure predictable pricing, reduce overall costs, and help your organization gain access to leading-edge IT talent and high-level security.

Here are some common IT services you may want to consider for your IT program

  1. Cybersecurity

With the new — and continuing — trend in remote work, hackers are changing their strategies to target endpoints such as laptops, servers, VPNs, and more. In fact, over 70% of cyberattacks are launched through endpoints.

And, with the adoption of the cloud for business continuity, data, infrastructure, and applications accessible through the cloud must be protected as much as your on-premises architecture.

Your MSP should be able to bring both on-premises, remote premises, and cloud cybersecurity tools to the table to provide overarching protection for all your business data.

  1. Data Backup and Disaster Recovery

Accidents, disasters, and cyberattacks happen. What counts is your company’s ability to recover and manage business continuity in the wake of a disaster.

A strong MSP will provide redundant backup services using state-of-the-art technology to protect your data. In addition, they will assist you in creating a strong disaster recovery plan that will outline protocols and procedures to be followed in the event of data loss or theft.

  1. Help Desk and Support

Nothing is more frustrating for your staff — and more detrimental to your company’s productivity — than an IT crisis in the middle of critical work.

With a strong Managed IT program, you can leverage the talent and knowledge of IT professionals 24/7 to keep business running smoothly. Other support services include providing in-depth insight on your systems’ functioning and efficiency and suggestions for improvement as well as remote monitoring of all systems to ensure continual high function.

  1. Tapping into the Cloud

Access to a cloud environment is critical in today’s era of remote work and mobile staff. Cloud services also provide secure off-site storage and data backup solutions to bring additional security and peace of mind to the table.

Your MSP can help you get started with a cloud-based service to help you reduce infrastructure costs, storage costs, and overall energy consumption while providing controlled data access to authorized staff — even if they are geographically scattered.

Implementing a Managed IT Strategy? Let Blue Technologies Help

At Blue Technologies, we take pride in offering complete Managed IT solutions that can address your current goals and challenges while meeting your operational needs.

Our team of talented and knowledgeable IT professionals have the leading-edge training it takes to stay abreast of cybersecurity risks, manage your infrastructure cost-effectively, and bring unmatched operational efficiency to your staff — no matter where they are located.

By partnering with leaders in the field of IT technology, our team provides everything you need to manage your IT environment successfully — and cost-effectively.

Partner with a company that knows every element of a strong Managed IT environment. Contact a Blue Technologies consultant today and let our IT team create a comprehensive solution customized for your business needs.

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