Managed Services Provider
A Managed Services Provider allows a business to offload IT operations to a service provider, known as a Managed Services Provider. The managed service provider assumes an ongoing responsibility for 24-hour monitoring, managing and/or problem solving for the IT systems within a business.
Fix it when it breaks option:
Most small IT techs service small networks while hamstrung by a lack of tools and insight. The self-taught network amateur-turned-pro operates under break-fix only mentality, meaning when something breaks, they came running (or more slowly) to fix it… hopefully.
The problem is that most support people only see what was happening on that day. If something happened later (or something lead up to it), they would never know about it … they usually don’t know because they don’t have systems in place to track and solve problems before they happen.
The advent of the Managed Services option:
Managed Services began with Fortune 500 companies and their huge networks. In 2005, IT systems matured to allow smaller companies to take advantage of the same features and benefits as the large companies.
At INC Tech, our Managed Services software allows us to focus on two major goals:
- Everything on your network that will result in a user symptom or risk will send an alert before or when it happens, and we will know about it.
- Every alert we get is something important and needs to be addressed.
At INC Tech, we don’t want “everything to be an emergency” situation. Instead of following an old-school mentality of break-fix (literally meaning wait until the server, desktops or other critical networking devices fail, then scramble around to fix them), a business operating with a managed service model focuses on preventing these issues before they disrupt employees, management and/or clients.
Managed Services Packages are affordable compared to fix-it-when-it-breaks
Remote monitoring, remote maintenance and the prevention of major issues allow a managed services provider to be more efficient than a similar break-fix option which is constantly patching things in person. Therefore, we can offer a “better” service without charging more. With traditional break-fix services, the only way for an IT Support company to make money is if something goes wrong – which is a catch 22.
Would you like to know if you are ready for managed services, cloud computing, or virtualization? INC Tech offers a FREE network evaluation!
Benefits of the Managed Services Model
Which type of maintenance do you currently have? Do you:
If you answered “No” to any of these questions, then you are not running on a Managed Services model.