While technology is always evolving, one fact remains constant: that technology can make or break the longevity of your business.
If you’re a small business owner who’s built your business from the ground up, are you willing to risk everything you’ve worked for? If the answer is no, which I hope it is, then ask yourself this: how comfortable are you with your daily method of data backup?
If a category 5 hurricane strikes the Gulf Coast, or if an electrical fire erupts in your data center, it could severely interrupt the continuity of your business. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to quickly and accurately recover your company’s data and communication processes without having the proper technology in place before the disaster occurred.
With IT Managed Services, you can focus your full attention on satisfying your customers and growing your business, without the added stress of managing your own technology.
As technology continues to develop, it isn’t the only area that’s seeing enormous change. The entire business structure is changing. Businesses of all shapes and sizes are incorporating more and more technology into their daily operations; the better technology they have, the more services they can offer, which makes them more valuable to their customers. Even small businesses are adopting newer and smarter technologies to remain relevant and competitive in their industry. A company with no more than 50 employees might be considered small, but the technology it employs is far from small. Consequently, technologies used in a small-business environment might be too overwhelming for an in-house IT staff to manage.
This is transforming the traditional business model from one that relied on physical servers and reactive break-fix services to an innovative model that relies on virtualization, cloud computing, network connectivity, and proactive monitoring. With technology paving the way for this innovative model, it’s time to change the way IT is managed in your business, and specifically, who manages it.
The bottom line is that small businesses view technology as an expense when they should be viewing it as a strategic investment. IT managed services can allow you to focus on the business of your business instead of the technology that supports your business. A Managed Services Provider (MSP) assumes ongoing responsibility for your technology infrastructure, support, and strategy within your business.
A long time ago, the telephone was the only device you needed to run a business, but computer systems have transformed simple telecommunications into complex algorithms. Today, the price of a computer system is just an expected cost of doing business. Technology is unpredictable, and many people don’t know how to get the most out of their investment. A reliable MSP can keep your company abreast of fluctuations in the technology market so you can get the most out of your investment.
Ben Cherbonnier, President and Founder, CMA Technology Solutions