5 Ways Managed IT Can Improve Profits
Next time your business is searching for ways to boost the bottom line, don't overlook the prospect of a managed IT solution to control costs, mitigate risk, and enhance business performance.
Articles published January 10, 2022
The bottom line for any business is, well…the bottom line. Businesses are always looking for new ways to drive revenue and improve profitability. Very rarely, though, do those discussions include the IT department and its role in maintaining a healthy balance sheet. That’s an unfortunate oversight considering that, more than any other department, IT plays a role in virtually every single function of today’s connected businesses.
And while we don’t necessarily subscribe to the idea that your IT department can be turned into a profit center, we do believe that, when properly managed, your IT strategy can go a long way toward mitigating risk, protecting profits, and building a better bottom line.
Here are five ways a managed service provider can improve profits for your company.
1. Managed IT Reduces Personnel Costs
An IT service provider is an affordable option for small to medium-sized businesses, as it reduces the need to hire in-house IT employees. A managed service provider offers predictable costs each month and is available to provide technical support at any time. Depending on your service level, your business may also receive access to the latest software updates without any additional fees. At a minimum, you'll have ready access to specialists in networking, servers, workstations, and applications without the cost of maintaining a full-time, in-house IT team.
Your business also won’t have to deal with the complexities of sick leave, vacation time, turnover, or other disruptions to team structure and availability. Your managed IT provider maintains a team with enough redundancy that you’ll never even notice when one of their team is out sick, on a prolonged leave, or just no longer on the team. You won’t suffer the disruption and you won’t have to onboard a replacement.
2. Managed IT Provides Protection Against Cyber Threats
Cyber attacks are an ever-present danger in today's digital workplace. Ransomware attacks, malware threats, and phishing scams are just a few of the most common cyber threats that companies face on a daily basis. An IT service provider can give your organization the best protection against these threats with offerings such as a managed firewall, automatic security updates, and data backups.
The cybersecurity experts at your managed IT firm are in the business of knowing about every threat, possible exploit, and necessary update to keep your sensitive data and systems protected. Can you afford to dedicate even one person to monitor threats full time?
3. Managed IT Provides Data Protection
Data loss is a significant issue that companies face each day. The loss of data can happen at any time, whether it be from a hardware failure, cyber attack, or just an employee error. An IT service provider gives you the ultimate data protection by automatically uploading data backups to the cloud each day. These data backups can be accessed whenever they’re needed and are protected with encryption to ensure that they remain safe and secure.
4. Managed IT Can Enhance Productivity
A managed service provider is one of the best ways to enhance productivity for your business. An IT provider can handle a wide range of tasks, such as automatically downloading updates, managing IT infrastructure, and monitoring network traffic. Employees can focus on their primary job duties — the ones that keep your company profitable — without being distracted by IT-related tasks for which they may not be qualified.
Furthermore, a stable, predictable network that keeps teams connected and data available is critical to a positive and productive work environment. Nothing crushes morale like a network failure that restricts access to, or worse yet, wipes out, critical work files and documents.
5. Managed IT Means You Have the Right Technology
Staying up to date with modern tech trends is a daunting task for any business. Purchasing the latest technology is an expensive and never-ending process. Getting all those systems to work together is something else altogether.
Fortunately, your managed IT provider can equip your company with the right technology for the way you work while ensuring compatibility with existing systems and helping to control costs by not selling you more than you need.
An IT service provider is an excellent alternative to in-house IT employees and is a great way to improve the bottom line for your company. Reducing IT costs, staying protected against cyber threats, data protection, increased productivity, and access to the latest technology are a few of the most common ways an IT provider can help your business become more profitable. The fixed monthly cost of an IT provider also allows your company to create a long-term budget with no hidden fees. Technology is critical to the success of any company, and a managed IT service provider is an excellent choice to increase profits for your business.
Aureon offers a comprehensive range of managed IT services that includes everything listed above plus so much more. If you’d like to learn more about how Aureon’s managed IT services can make your business more profitable, productive, and secure, click here or connect with one of our managed IT experts.
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