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Technology is the backbone of every business from, the smallest family-owned retail store to the largest international corporations. Companies everywhere depend on their technology to help them to reach their goals and stay competitive in a rapidly growing marketplace. However, when you combine the importance of technology with the reality that it is continuously evolving, you wind up with a major IT problem for many smaller businesses.
Keeping up-to-date with these changes used to require hiring costly full-time IT professionals, but not anymore. Today, an increasing number of small- and medium-sized local companies are enjoying the experience of IT professionals, without the expenses of having to pay for their own IT department. They are able to do this by outsourcing their IT needs to an MSP.
The acronym MSP stands for ‘Managed Service Provider.’ MSPs are specialized IT companies which offer their services and expertise to other businesses, usually through a subscription-based payment model. Businesses contract with MSPs to take care of a variety of different ongoing IT issues for them, including:
If you already have employees who handle the IT for your business, it doesn’t mean that you can’t benefit from having an MSP as well. Lots of companies decide to keep some aspects of their IT support in-house well outsourcing other tasks to an MSP. This arrangement allows your IT guys the opportunity to concentrate on mission-critical tasks why letting others worry about routine jobs like backing up data.
So, whatever the size of your business, or whether or not you currently have your own IT staff, managed service providers can be an essential part of your business plan.
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