Companies of all sizes rely on IT to do business. Unfortunately for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), it’s usually cost-prohibitive to have their own in-house IT team to support this technology. That’s why so many outsource the management of their IT to a third-party provider through Managed IT services. But it’s about much more than money—the benefits of partnering with a Managed IT services provider extend beyond your budget.

Cybersecurity should be a priority for all companies, as it’s a threat that grows by the year. However, it’s unrealistic for smaller businesses to have access to the resources needed to mount an adequate defense against constantly evolving security threats. Outsourcing the management of your IT infrastructure enables you to partner with experts on the cutting edge of cybersecurity. These knowledgeable, trained experts will assess and monitor your IT environment for vulnerabilities, mitigating risks and keeping your data safe and sound.

Partnering with a team of top-notch IT experts will also reduce the amount of downtime your company experiences. A Managed IT provider will take a proactive—rather than reactive—approach to managing your technology. By monitoring your network in real-time, they can identify, address, and fix problems before they turn into issues that lead to failures that result in downtime. Think how much more productive you’ll be when you prevent problems rather than react to them after they have already appeared.

Another benefit Managed IT services affords businesses is providing them with a safety net in the event of a data disaster. A company’s data is its lifeblood, yet far too many don’t adequately back up their information to protect it. Would your business survive if all of its data and applications were lost due to a natural disaster, user error, or a data breach? A Managed IT provider will help you prepare for the worst with offsite data backup, disaster recovery, and a business continuity strategy.

While your company might be small at the moment, you probably plan to grow in the near future. However, you can’t predict how large or small it will be a few years down the road. Managed IT services provide businesses with flexibility that enables their IT to evolve along with their growth. More employees, expanded services, remote workers, additional locations—the scalability that comes from outsourcing your IT allows you to sustain this growth.

Managed IT services enable SMBs to realise increased security, reduced downtime, heightened peace of mind, and greater flexibility.

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