Successful business owners know that it pays to be proactive rather than reactive, especially when it comes to cyber security, data backup and other components that are essential to the smooth running of the business.
If you fail to put proper management processes in place, you risk leaving yourself open to malicious attacks, data loss or unexpected downtime due to technical issues.
Managed IT Services can minimise these risks to your business, as well as offer a whole host of other benefits. It can free up valuable time, money and resources that can then be invested into other areas of the business.
Plus, when your IT is being taken care of by a team of experts, it gives you the freedom to focus on revenue-generating activities and the day-to-day running of the business.
Read on to learn about Managed IT Services and how they can help you scale your business in 2022.
What are Managed IT Services?
The term ‘Managed IT Services’ refers to the practice of outsourcing non-core IT operations to a specialist third party.
This third party, known as an MSP (Managed Service Provider) provides a variety of IT services for a monthly fee, typically on a contract basis.
MSPs can take care of everything from hardware maintenance (like your PCs and laptops) to cloud services (like Microsoft 365 and backups) and 24/7 network monitoring, depending on the needs of your business.
They offer support to businesses of all sizes, giving them access to a team of skilled IT professionals at a fraction of what it would cost to build an in-house team with the same level of expertise.
Benefits of Managed IT Services
There are many ways that Managed IT Services can help your business to run more efficiently, such as minimising operational risk and reducing both overheads and capital expenditure. Other benefits include:
1. Expert support when you need it
You may be dealing with frequent staff shortages due to the ongoing pandemic, or maybe your team is lacking in certain skills. Managed IT Services can be used to plug the gaps and take some of the pressure off the internal IT team, eliminating the need for you to hire staff with advanced IT skills.
2. Continuous monitoring
Your IT infrastructure will be proactively monitored and maintained by a team of specialists, meaning that potential issues will often be detected and resolved before they become a real problem.
3. Better cyber security
The increase in remote and hybrid working models has left businesses more vulnerable than ever before to cyber attacks.
The Hiscox Cyber Readiness Report 2021 found that “39% of Irish companies suffered a cyber attack in the past 12 months, with 70% of those companies targeted more than once”.
Any issues that arise within your network could have a devastating impact if they are not detected in time. Using an MSP gives you peace of mind that your network is secure and protected against malicious attacks and ransomware.
4. Flexible and cost-effective support
MSPs offer specialist knowledge and expertise that would be difficult and costly to acquire in-house. They typically charge a fixed monthly fee, enabling you to forecast the company’s expenditure on IT and avoid any unpleasant surprises. You can set a budget and scale up or down according to the business needs.
5. The latest tools and technologies
The world of technology is evolving at a rapid pace, and your business can’t afford to fall behind. Partnering with an MSP means you don’t have to worry about keeping up to date with the latest developments — it will all be taken care of for you.
Why choose Calnet IT as your next MSP?
Here at Calnet IT, we have been providing support to businesses across Ireland for almost 20 years.
We offer reliable support and proactive solutions for all your IT needs, including:
Microsoft 365 For Business
Microsoft 365 can unlock your business potential and empower your employees to chat, call, email, meet and collaborate in real-time, from anywhere and on any device.
Calnet IT Solutions is a certified Microsoft Gold Partner and can implement Microsoft 365 in your business with the highest standards of service and competency.
Managed Cloud Services
Our experienced team can migrate your infrastructure to the cloud with minimal disruption to your business. After the migration process is complete, we will provide ongoing maintenance, monitoring and updates.
Backup and Disaster Recovery
Our secure cloud backup solutions ensure that your data is safely backed up and can be recovered quickly in the event of a problem.
Microsoft Azure Cloud Services: Azure Virtual Desktop
With an Azure Hosted Desktop, you can access your files, emails and applications from any device. This service is especially useful for businesses with staff working on a remote or hybrid basis, allowing your whole team to enjoy a secure, remote desktop experience from anywhere.
A firewall is your first line of defence against cyberattacks. We will monitor your firewall, ensuring that any suspicious activity is investigated and any malicious attacks are stopped before they infiltrate your network.
Network Infrastructure Services
Our team will monitor your entire network infrastructure, giving you peace of mind that any problems will be detected and dealt with quickly and efficiently.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
IT Infrastructure on demand is a flexible, scalable and cost-effective solution that eliminates the need for costly servers, software, network equipment and data centre space.
IT Hardware Support Services
We can supply, maintain and support all of your business IT hardware, giving you one less thing to worry about.
With Calnet IT’s team of experts behind you, you can focus your energy on scaling your business and providing the best possible service to your customers. Contact us to find out how our Managed IT Services can help your business get ahead in 2022.