Managed IT services heralded a proactive approach to IT, attempting to conduct maintenance, upgrades, system monitoring and issue resolution on a routine basis, with the goal of preventing problems before they started. Automation, increased Internet capabilities and cloud computing allowed for monitoring and issue resolution to be provided remotely, enabling more efficient processes and a consolidation of resources.
Since IT products and services are the bread and butter of managed IT service providers, you can count on them to suggest you the best options in line with your business requirements and budget. Dedicated managed IT service providers are engaged in providing necessary consultancy services which are essential to understand the working and benefits of new managed IT services and operations.
The easy answer to this question is essentially any business owner. A lot of times it’s hard to rely on just one in-house IT employee. That one person is just inherently more limited in what they can provide for your business. It’s hard to find that one person who is an expert in every aspect of IT and IT services. Because there are so many moving parts, and so many aspects of keeping your business secure, having a team of experts that are dedicated to handling these issues will be more beneficial.
Indeed! Cybersecurity is not a commodity among service providers. One is not necessarily like unto another. Some MSPs have robust and mature cybersecurity controls while others are lackluster. It is imperitive that the client ask questions to their MSP to better understand their capabilities. Because, as you said -- they inherit the security of their service providers.
These are the budgetary decisions that you can make to ensure that you can easily upgrade or replace a server without throwing off your entire budget. If you find that your unexpected costs are greater than you originally planned, then you can always scale back your MSP needs in the short term while you gather more resources to continue your scaling efforts. In the end, having an MSP handle your IT puts you in a great position to know what your costs will be from month to month, making budgeting much easier.