A managed service provider is the standard type of internet service for businesses and organizations. A regular ISP (Internet Service Provider) is perfectly fine for a private individual, but an organization has needs that cannot be met by an ordinary server farm. As such, most of the biggest businesses and organizations choose the enhanced services that can be obtained through the employment of an MSP. There are numerous reasons for this fact, so let’s delve into the most important of them.
When we use this term, we are basically just talking about getting more for your money. It isn’t necessarily about how much money you spend: Cost-efficiency is all about getting more benefit from each dollar spent. Managed services are a great example of this concept in action.
You see, managed service will normally cost a little more than standard ISP service. This would seem to make it less cost-effective until you think about all the extraneous benefits. The specialized features of an MSP service can eliminate redundancy by bundling several essential functions under one convenient monthly bill. By the time it’s all said and done, these plans can actually save you a lot more money than they cost.
As long as we’re talking about efficiency, you should know that these same concepts apply to labor, though in different ways. By paying a little more for extra services, organizations can save a lot of money in the long run. You probably have an in-house IT team, even if it might not be very large. When you go with a managed service provider, you don’t necessarily have to fire those people.
If you are happy with the performance of your current IT team, we would advise you to go with a “co-managed” kind of plan. When you do it like this, the IT management responsibilities will be divided between the in-house team and the outsourced team. This is great for labor efficiency because it frees up your in-house workers. A lot of routine tasks can be outsourced, allowing the in-house people to concentrate their efforts where those efforts can do the most good.
A Great Option For Startups
If your business is still fairly new, you should know that managed service providers can help you get off the ground. Using these services, you can get top-tier IT assistance without bloating your payroll costs. For those businesses that are launching with a very limited budget, an MSP can act as a stop-gap measure.
You shouldn’t hinder your business startup by IT expenses, and managed service plans give you a low-cost and effective option. Of course, once your business is better established, you might want to change your plan. When you go with a flexible and friendly MSP like ours, there will be no problem updating that service plan.
Superior Tech Support
Technology is great, but it often does tend to experience “hiccups.” Call them “glitches”, “bugs”, or whatever you like, but understand that such problems cannot be completely avoided. When something like that holds up your business, fast and competent tech support can make a huge difference. In fact, those differences in response time can cost or save you thousands of dollars….or maybe even more!
When you go with a managed service provider, you will be gaining access to a large pool of experts. These people will have been chosen carefully, with an eye towards covering all the bases. For instance, they need people who are well-versed in cybersecurity matters, but that won’t cover every possible problem. They also need people who are good at network optimization, log analysis, compatibility issues, and so on. Do you really want to hire enough IT people to cover all those bases? Chances are, the answer is no.
More Effective Network Monitoring
There are certain security advantages that can be gained from the use of an MSP, and this is one of the biggest. While things like firewalls, encryption, and antivirus software are helpful, they aren’t always enough to protect your systems from intrusion and interference. Hackers have figured out many ways to circumvent these measures, but there is one thing that can detect those workaround methods: Network monitoring.
By keeping an eye on the flow of traffic over the internet, a trained eye can spot suspicious activity early and shut it down before any real damage is done. Even if the attack is not prevented entirely, its damage can definitely be reduced through quick detection and response. Here’s the thing, though: Good network monitoring requires an expert eye on the problem 24 hours a day. In general, it is much cheaper to use an outsourced team for network monitoring, and the results also tend to be better.
As you can see, there really are a lot of benefits to be had from the use of a managed service provider. MSP services are available throughout the nation, but you shouldn’t trust any provider that hasn’t proven their trustworthiness. This means ensuring both integrity and competence, which is where we come into the picture. PCH has been a managed service provider for many years, and we have dealt with just about any IT problem that you could possibly imagine. If you need the best-managed service provider on the market, call PCH Technologies at (856) 754-7500.
Our Florida Office
As of 2022, PCH Technologies has opened up a new location in Fort Lauderdale, FL in order to serve the South Florida Market. This expansion into the South Florida market aligns strategically with our plans to continue to grow a national presence as a managed service provider (MSP).
The growing South Florida region includes Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm, creating an opportunity for PCH to fulfill the expanding needs of the market.