Managed service providers (MSP) or Managed IT services, is an ongoing outsourced support system to a company’s IT system. Generally this service is managed by a third party data centre, or an IT service provider.
Managed IT Provider
Managed IT providers maintain internal networks and manage security. By trusting service providers, the industry is offloading these complex tasks at fixed costs that ensure functional IT systems. MSP and managed IT service providers allow businesses to flourish by focussing solely on expanding a business’ core competencies.
A large part of Managed IT is anticipating the functional needs of the business, which optimises IT systems for competent future use, such as storing and computing data. This data will affect market research, management reporting systems, decision reporting systems, accounting and financial decisions within the company and can influence decision making.
Managed Services Vendor
On the other hand, a managed services vendor can help you with day-to-day tasks of more time consuming and complex projects such as Data centre solutions and Cloud computing. The symbiosis of Managed IT and Managed services vendors are an essential aspect in business as they negate risk and support user and device management, ensuring that the business systems operate at peak performance.
A large bonus to utilising Managed IT service providers and managed service vendors is that small to medium sized businesses can leverage these services on a subscription basis to elevate their companies to the same level as the industry giants in their field at a fraction of the cost.