7 Things Your Managed Service Provider Should Provide

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You’re busy running a business. You have employees to manage and when things are going well, it becomes easy to neglect your day to day IT maintenance. We get it, which is why we’ve put together this list of the top 7 things that your Managed Services Provider should be providing for you no matter what.

1. 24/7/365 Maintenance and Support

summitbiztech-24-70-tech-supportWhile a lot of what an MSP will do for you is done remotely, you’ll want to make sure you pick a local provider for the times when they’ll need to come on-site. You’ll be grateful that while you and your employees don’t work 24/7, your IT company does all year round. So no matter what happens, they’ve got you covered.

2. Vendor Relationships

Do you currently have multiple vendors being utilized? Is managing them difficult and time consuming? Your Managed Services Provider handles them all and should be your one go-to contact for everything. How easy is that?

vendor-tools-summit-business-technologies3. Experience with the Tools You Need Specific to Your Business

Not everyone needs the same tools in order to run their business efficiently. Your MSP should understand your business’ needs and customize the tools you need accordingly. There should never be a one package fits all.

 4. Cloud and Backup Services

One of the biggest benefits of having an MSP is not only letting them manage your IT services, but backing up your data to a remote server and manage updates automatically. Knowing all your important data is safe should be a huge priority for any business, no matter what industry you’re in.

5. Helping You Get Prepared for Disaster

No one ever expects a disaster to happen. Whether it’s because of a natural disaster or a hack, your Managed Service Provider should assist you with creating a disaster plan if you don’t already have one in place. 

6. A Plan for the Future

Think of your MSP as another invested team member of your company. They should provide you an analysis of current trends and what to expect in the IT world. Coming up with a plan for the future is crucial to saving time and money down the road.

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7. Support

Your MSP should provide support to you and all your employees no matter where they are. They should be able to help you remotely with a fast response time.

 

Summit Business Technologies is a Maryland-based full-service IT consulting firm that helps companies leverage a wide spectrum of technologies to improve business operations. To find out more, please visit http://www.SummitBizTech.com.

By Divya Ooi, Divya.Ooi@SummitBizTech.com

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Cloud Computing – Revolutionizing the Way Businesses Acquire Better Tech Solutions, Security & IT Support

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Cloud Computing has revolutionized the way businesses acquire their technology solutions but many business owner still have questions about how the cloud can benefit their company.

What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud Computing is on-demand technology. The cloud has evolved the process of technology acquisition for business owners. The traditional individual network model was expensive! Budget restraints prevented businesses from access to the highest levels of security, scalability, and compliance that only large businesses could afford.  With the cloud, any size company can now run their business on technology solutions that are dynamic, readily provisioned, and available on demand through cloud computing.

Taking Your Business to the Cloud

Forward looking businesses understand that technology empowers their employees and their customers to communicate and collaborate faster and better than ever before. Your customers expect your team to deliver tangible results in real time. Cloud Technology allows you to scale your technology resources based on usage and it allows you to automate and deliver management, security and operations updates across your network.

Manage Your IT Costs

With Cloud Computing you only pay for only what you use.  Businesses can focus on their mission, eliminate the burden of internal IT and Infrastructure costs and improve the security, reliability, and compliance of their networks. The Light Industries

Cloud Technology Team, Your Partner in the Cloud

Light Industries’ team of Cloud Technology professionals can help your team assess your existing network, hardware, and software. We will provide best practice recommendations and work with you to design a custom solution tailored to meet your needs. Schedule a free Business in the Cloud Session now to learn more about how Light Industries can support your technology goals.

By Jessica Tinordi, Jessica.Tinordi@lightindustries.com