Managed Services for Businesses 

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What do banks, credit unions, manufacturers, health care providers, retailers, and government agencies all have in common? 

They all have technology issues and problems that need a solution.  

Let me explain how managed services is a solution that addresses this problem.  

Today, more than ever, companies are facing challenges and threats from competitors, cyber-criminals, regulators, workforce challenges, supply chain backlogs, inflation, a lingering pandemic, and navigating through seismic shifts in the economy.  

Agility has become more important than ever and having a good managed services provider allows that to happen since technology issues should be the least of your day to day worries.  

We all know that doing more with less is now the norm, and we know that a consistent use of technology provides this ability. Having a handle on your business and its technology resources is typically going to be at or near the top of the list when it comes to long term profitability and sustainability. Managed services is a great model because of its inherent efficiency. 

What are managed services? 

Managed services are a type of IT service that fits well when a company decides to shift the daily management of their IT systems to an outsourced provider, also known as a Managed Service Provider (MSP).  

The benefit of outsourcing your IT to a managed service provider is that is allows for your business to focus on strategic initiatives when it comes to technology and business investments.  

The last thing you should be worried about is managing your office technology when it goes down…again.  

Managed services typically includes the daily management of things like your network, your internal servers and cloud systems, line-of-business applications, provisioning, technology installations, and IT support.  

Managed services are becoming more popular because of two major factors: the fast-changing workforce, and the ever-increasing cyber threat landscape. 

Workforce issues have placed tremendous strain on smaller organizations wishing to deploy new technology. A trend we’re seeing is that companies are outsourcing tasks not explicitly tied to their core business function. And because there is a big shift toward remote computing ever since the pandemic, odds are that the need for sophisticated remote security and enforcement will only increase over time. 

As we read about cyber breaches and ransomware attacks on a very regular basis, do you ever ask the question, “when is it going to happen to us?”  

Having a disaster recovery plan is a good start, but have you re-enacted your disaster recovery plan and tested it? And, how confident are you that your internal IT resource could handle a data breach or ransomware attack, or your outsourced IT vendor?  

Cooperative Systems specializes in managing your technology for you, along with helping you develop a plan to avoid cybersecurity threats. Click here to learn more.  

If some sort of attack DID happen, you probably have no idea that someone has infiltrated your systems, probably months ago, and your computers are all compromised with malware. Usually, it goes undetected, they gain administrative access, and all of your backups are now compromised.   

If and when this happens, how do you recover? Is that something you should ask your managed services

provider, and how will they answer it? 

Threats are real. Your workforce is changing. And this is resulting in an impact to your bottom line. 

With so many companies beginning to look toward managed services providers to assist with these enormous challenges, it’s becoming clearer that selecting the right managed services company is an essential step in the process of overall business improvement.