There is a growing trend nowadays with a lot of businesses deciding to outsource their IT support. They have come to the realisation that there is a large benefit to the company to outsource their IT Support and have a range of IT Professionals at their service, rather than employing a limited number of IT staff to assist them internally, usually at a much higher cost. Click business IT essentials.
Choosing a Managed Service Provider (MSP) to handle the day-to-day ins and outs of your IT systems is not a decision to be taken lightly. They are literally responsible for your business up-time, so you want to make sure you’re using a reputable company as well as getting the most out of your IT Support.
Different MSPs offer different services to their clients. Some offer ‘block hours’, where you pre-purchase a number of hours as you call up for IT Support, the work is deducted from the block. This can be reasonable if you’re not leveraging your IT support too heavily, but if you’re using a lot of hours per week or per month, then you want to look into an MSP which offers an ‘all you can eat’ plan. These are usually called ‘Managed Service Agreements’. A Managed Service Agreement allows you to have unlimited support calls for a set monthly fee and usually includes services such as system maintenance and workstation monitoring. The fee is usually worked out by what your current staff number is, as well as the complexity of your IT systems. This system makes it easier to budget for as you know that you’re not going to be hit with a large monthly bill if you have a month which requires a lot of support. You never want to be thinking about a bill when you’re making that call to support. It should feel like an extension of your office whom you can call whenever you’re stuck with anything IT related.
On the topic of a monthly bill, it doesn’t always come down to the bottom line. The cheapest contract isn’t always the best. When looking to move IT provider, or if you’re wanting to move away from internal IT to outsourced IT, don’t just look at the cost per month. The saying “you get what you pay for” comes to mind here. It’s certainly the best option to weigh up what you’re going to be getting for your monthly IT bill and also who you’re going to be getting. The majority of IT providers take pride in being certified in the hardware and software that they support. The majority, if not all of their employees will be certified in the likes of Microsoft or Cisco to show to the client that they have industry certifications in the hardware and software that they will be supporting. Your hardware and software! At the end of the day, if you’re getting offered a cheaper rate to have service by staff who don’t have these certifications, maybe think twice before accepting the contract.