In the past, it was fairly easy to provide managed IT services, because it involved day-to-day support and sometimes assisting the client with the adoption of new IT tools and techniques. However, today the services offered by an IT service provider have expanded dramatically to include such things as evolving technologies, IT competition, dynamic business environments, cyber security, and minimizing operational costs.
With this rapid expansion of desired services, a great many customers have become unhappy with their current IT providers. The vast majority of businesses and organizations have made at least one switch to a different managed service provider because they were unhappy with services they were originally provided with. If you’re wondering what kinds of services you can realistically expect from an IT provider nowadays, continue reading below to find out seven of the most useful services a provider could and should be delivering to you.
What you should be getting from your IT service provider
Here are seven of the most important services that your Managed Service Provider (MSP) should be able to deliver:
Updating network performance – since your network is the framework for your entire infrastructure, good performance will dictate data availability all through your organization. One aspect of your MSP’s job is to guarantee optimal network performance by constantly optimizing and upgrading specific components.
Adopting new technologies – when you can stay abreast of the latest digital business solutions, it will provide you with streamlined business processes as well as a competitive edge. Since the technology landscape is constantly changing, it’ll be to your advantage to have someone help you choose and implement those innovations which might be most advantageous to your business.
Data backups and recovery – since data is one of your most valuable business assets, it should be a top priority for protecting your data. Your MSP can contribute to this effort by establishing and managing a good system of backup and recovery, so that you’ll have constant access to business-critical data, which can continually be safeguarded.
Cyber threats – there’s no question that cybercrime is constantly on the increase, and that criminals are constantly developing new approaches and techniques for compromising your data. Any good IT provider should help protect all your business-critical data from existing cyber threats as well as emerging ones.
Documentation and housekeeping – a good IT provider has to be responsible for system services, assets, and for performing necessary upgrades. They should also be documenting all the important information about your infrastructure, patching and updates, and optimizations.
Maintaining certifications and compliance – almost all countries around the globe have data protection and privacy legislation in place that will safeguard your data. Your company may be subject to a number of data safety laws on various governmental levels. Any good IT provider should be able to assist you in maintaining compliance under all these regulations, and to avoid any potential penalties.
Business continuity plan – this is a plan that defines how a business will operate following any kind of significant disruption. Your MSP should have a solid continuity plan in place to help you recover from potential disasters such as systems failures, data loss, or significant cyber-attacks.
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If you’re unhappy for any reason with your current provider, contact us at Terminal B and let us show you how we can provide all the important services your business needs. If your MSP can’t deliver the kinds of services, you need and you should seek a provider who can deliver the essential services you need to stay competitive in today’s volatile business environment.