Over the years, managed services providers (MSPs) have emerged as a critical piece of any business’ IT infrastructure. MSPs are responsible for everything from core network functions to cloud computing, virtualization and other emerging trends. They also serve as an ideal partner for small businesses who lack the resources to handle increasingly complex technological needs on their own.
In this slideshow, we will outline four ways an MSP can help take your business to the next level.
1) Add value as a strategic partner
In today’s fast-paced tech world, it’s essential that businesses have a trusted IT partner they can rely on to provide reliable support and guidance – not just when problems arise, but on an ongoing basis.
As business needs change, so should your MSP relationship. An experienced MSP will be able to identify areas where you’re spending money needlessly and can help save you money while keeping your technology infrastructure up-to-date.
2) Find new customers
75 percent of North American businesses are worried they won’t be able to find the new customers they need in today’s economy. While your existing customer base is important, it’s also crucial to look for new opportunities. An MSP partner can help you identify prospective businesses that are a good fit for your products or services.
3) Provide industry-specific expertise
Today’s small businesses are faced with an increasingly complex technical environment. There are regulations to follow, procedures to be aware of and compliance requirements to meet – not just for your own company, but for your customers as well. Working with an MSP can provide you with the expertise you need to make sure everything is taken care of in a timely manner.
4) Manage risk:
When it comes to managing risk, small businesses are often on their own. While larger companies can’t afford to lose sight of risk management, smaller businesses may feel the need to take shortcuts in this area.
However, using an MSP can help alleviate some of these concerns by providing a wealth of security expertise and appropriate controls that meet current compliance standards. In addition, MSPs can help you mitigate risk by identifying and prioritizing new opportunities as they arise.
By working with an MSP, small businesses have the opportunity to expand their customer base while finding new ways to grow revenue – without having to step into unfamiliar territory or risk losing sight of what’s important.