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13 Jul 2020

IT Managed Services: Overcoming complex technology challenges

Technology-powered business transformations are rising in demand and depth across all types of organisations, and the business advantages are evidenced and clear. How can IT Managed Services help?

In this article, we look at IT Managed Services' role in helping deliver these transformations, why they are needed, and when to adopt them.

What is a Managed Service?

Managed Service Providers are outsourced organisations that help businesses manage and maintain processes, systems, and operations. This is a significant umbrella term that covers support for various technology-related services and solutions.

A Managed Service Provider (MSP) is a company expressly set up to support businesses with their IT systems. Many organisations worldwide choose to outsource their IT support and server maintenance and work with them to form a business strategy.

Traditionally, an MSP would help onsite just like an in-house IT team, but now they can do so much more onsite and remotely.

What does an MSP do?

Whether you have an in-house IT team that might need supplementing or are looking to outsource all your IT support, MSPs offer various services for businesses of all sizes.

Organisations commonly use MSPs to install and manage certain IT functions that help them overcome specific challenges, such as cloud backup.

Businesses have realised that access to newer technologies increases productivity, efficiency, and competitive edge, for example, through data analytics, application integration, or process improvements.

Services now often include Cloud or Technology Transformation, Enterprise and Solutions Architecture, Cloud and Infrastructure, IT Business Management, and Systems Integration.

What are the benefits of working with an MSP?

Managed Services help companies overcome challenges to improve performance and achieve better business results. Managed Services typically provide a flexible structure that enables businesses to fine-tune their IT to meet their business objectives.

Here, we have included five key reasons businesses and enterprises use Managed Services:

  1. Need for broader or in-depth technical expertise
  2. There is a need to focus internal resources on core business operations
  3. Utilise technology to drive the business forward or gain a competitive advantage
  4. Supplement internal resources to handle growth business capacity or geography
  5. Access external expertise to advise and improve existing IT systems

How do I choose the best MSP for me?

When judging what makes a great Managed Services Provider, there are several key areas to inspect:

Strategic Engagement

This is an essential part of Managed Services delivery. The goal is to fully understand the business aims and objectives behind the IT needs. Business aims could be to improve customer experience, ordering time or service delivery analysis – whatever the aim, it needs to be understood by you and your Managed Services Provider.

A strategic review and IT assessment can help. A clear roadmap forward to deliver on your digital transformation goals.

Business Growth

All organisations are focused on growth and, even further, driving new and sustained revenue growth. When selecting a Managed Services Provider (MSP), you’ll want to choose an MSP that can assist with your growth ambitions. As your business experiences growth, you’ll naturally add more staff, so you’ll want an MSP that’ll make it easy and efficient to add new workstations, employee accounts, and/or locations.

Critical Infrastructure Care

Today's Enterprise networks face unrelenting challenges that have compounded to threaten their capacity, efficiency, security and, ultimately, user experience.

The more extensive and complex the network, the greater the need for intelligent network management, automation, and integrated monitoring, analysis, and reporting.

A Managed Services Provider with a keen eye on critical infrastructure management & analysis is essential.

Cyber Security Management

As technology becomes further embedded in business, protecting technology well from external threats is critical. Every Managed Services Provider should be able to offer extensive cybersecurity services, including Threat monitoring & management, Trusted access & identity management and Advanced Malware Protection.

OryxAlign IT Managed Services

An OryxAlign managed services partnership delivers a deep engagement with an expert team of consultants, engineers and service managers who invest the time needed to understand your business.

Whether you’re looking to get a project off the ground, need technical advice or want to discuss how we do things, we’re always up for a chat.

By OryxAlign