- Solid, predictable budgeting. Many MSP companies will provide their services at a flat monthly rate. This allows for easy budget management with no surprises. If you find an MSP that does not offer this, I suggest you either work with them to do this (if you enjoy their service), or you find an MSP that can do this for you.
- Lower operating costs. An MSP can provide a team of experts at numbers less than what would normally cost an organization to hire a single individual.
- One less thing to worry about. Choosing the right MSP means that is one less thing that an organization needs to deal with. The goal of a good MSP is to let you focus on your core operation, not the infrastructure supporting it.
- Extending their infrastructure with monitoring and alerting on critical components.
- Auditing all systems and establishing a routine for security (aka patch) management.
- Backups, backups, backups. A solid backup routine that covers file level restores all the way up to complete bare metal (disaster recovery) restores.
- Assisting in the creation of operational standards. A good MSP can help you streamline your business by analyzing processes and showing you where things breakdown.
- Instant addition of an entire IT department to your organization.
There is very little businesses left that can function without some aspect of IT touching their day-to-day operation. Technology has become an underlying reliance for almost every aspect of our day to day lives. If you don’t have an IT department or staff, an MSP can bring business class operations to you organization. If you have an IT department or staff, an MSP can augment and assist them extending the strength of your infrastructure.
A decent managed service partner is an extension of your business, giving you a more manageable budget, a more powerful infrastructure, and overall peace of mind.