Avoid Common Mistakes When Choosing A Managed Service Provider (MSP)

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Hiring a Managed Service Provider? Here’s what you need to know.

One of the biggest myths or misconceptions about partnering with a Managed Service Provider (MSP) is the idea that your entire IT department will be replaced. However, this is not the truth. Generally, businesses and organizations like yours will use Managed Service Providers to provide assistance to the current members of the IT team.

Small businesses and mid-sized businesses will often hire a Managed Service Provider (MSP) to provide the support they would receive if they make high-powered advances to their IT department, but the MSP can come at a lower cost. There are several benefits to hiring a Managed Service Provider (MSP). One of the key benefits is that an MSP will handle the application and network security issues so members of the IT department will not have to.

Your business or organization wants to grow, but what happens when the growth comes at a rapid rate? If a business or organization is growing extremely fast and there are no resources in place to keep up with the growth, this can cause a variety of problems. However, how can you choose a Managed Service Provider that can fulfill your needs?

Sometimes business leaders do not consider every important detail or factor when it comes to choosing an MSP that can be the right fit for them. Here are some mistakes that we hope you can avoid when hiring an MSP.

Mistake 1: Giving Up Control

Some Managed Service Providers are well-known in the industry because they are large. However, does the popularity or size of the business mean the provider is right for you? If the MSP is so popular and well-known, how often would you be able to contact the MSP when you needed assistance? Would you have the customer support you really need?

Some Managed Service Providers will not have the time or patience to cater to your needs because there are so many other businesses or organizations receiving their services as well. Your Managed Service Provider should be a bonus or extension of your business or organization. You should still have control over your business, but you will need an MSP that is easy to reach when you need help.

Mistake 2: Choosing A Managed Service Provider That Is Not Responsive

No business or organization ever wants to experience an extensive period of downtime. However, what happens when you choose an MSP that is not able to help you right away during your downtime?

If the MSP provider you choose fails to respond to your request when you are experiencing downtime, it can result in a very challenging period of time. Your business or organization needs an MSP that has an effective system that can alert them when there is an emergency or a period of downtime. If your business is down for a prolonged period of time, this can result in an outstanding loss in profits and revenue.

Mistake 3: Believing That Each MSP Will Provide The Same Services

When it comes to Managed Service Providers, there will not be a one-size-fits-all model. We do not want you to choose the first MSP you find because you believe they are all the same. It is important to ask the right questions before making a decision so you can find the MSP that offers the services and features you need.

With so many Managed Service Providers stating they can offer the best services for your needs, we understand how difficult it can be to make a final decision. If you want to learn more about the services we provide at SystemsNet, please do not hesitate to reach out to us today. You can complete the online form or call us at 888-676-1228.

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