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What are Co-Managed IT Services and are They Right for Your Business?

Posted by Tom Praschak on February 07, 2019
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Technology plays an essential role in today's workplace! Many businesses choose either an in-house IT team or a Managed Services Provider (MSP). An in-house IT team is more focused on the day-to-day needs of a business—like performing troubleshooting tasks, software updates and help desk services—but sometimes, you need an outside partner to take your IT needs even further and develop an overall IT strategy for your company. By partnering with a Managed Services Provider (MSP), you can help your businesses become both more productive and more secure. Instead of trying to decide to use either an in-house IT team or an IT provider, consider taking a co-managed IT approach and give your business the best of both worlds.

What Does "Co-Managed IT Services" Mean?

Good question. Co-managed IT services is a hybrid approach that allows your business to have both an in-house IT team and outside assistance from an IT provider. Your in-house IT department will handle the core functionality needs of your business, while an IT provider is always available to provide additional operational support and help your business take advantage of the latest technology. An IT provider will also give your business access to state-of-the-art cybersecurity protection, limit any potential downtime and take some of the burden off your in-house IT team, which will allow them to focus their skills on other projects.

Here are just a few ways your business can benefit from using co-managed IT services in today's workplace:

#1 Increase Business Efficiency

One of the main benefits of using co-managed IT services is that it is an excellent way to increase business efficiency and improve employee productivity. Many small businesses only have one or two in-house IT employees. By partnering with an IT provider, your MSP can lessen what is probably an already-heavy workload for your in-house team. This will let your employees get through their to-do lists more efficiently, and maybe even give them bandwidth to take on other projects they weren’t able to do before.

#2 Lower Costs

Technology is always changing, and it can be difficult for businesses to stay up to date with the latest tech without going over budget. However, co-managed IT services allow your business to gain access to the best technology on the market, at an affordable and expected monthly price—without any surprise costs. An IT provider’s set, monthly fee makes it unbelievably easy for companies to stay within budget.

#3 Easily Scale IT Services

Business needs are always changing, and an IT provider can help your company use technology to easily scale up or down to better meet them. Businesses that do not have access to co-managed IT services are at a significant disadvantage when it’s time to grow! Co-managed IT services grant access to the latest technology on the market, cloud services and more, all of which give your attempts at scaling the best possible chance of success.

#4 Improve Cybersecurity

The vast majority of in-house IT teams are not qualified to create cybersecurity plans that take into account the wide range of threats businesses face on a daily basis. These cyber attacks can devastate businesses of any size, and often lead to unexpected hours of downtime. Luckily, a Managed Service Provider (MSP) can give your company access to the latest security updates and create a detailed cybersecurity plan designed to protect your business from malicious cyber threats.

Choosing to use co-managed IT services offers a wide range of benefits for any company in today's work environment. CompassMSP is a leading IT provider in your area that focuses on meeting the needs of small businesses by increasing business efficiency, lowering technology costs, scaling IT services and improving cybersecurity. Our IT experts are always available to answer any questions you might have, and would love to show you the many benefits of using co-managed IT services in the workplace.

Got questions? Reach out to us to schedule your FREE consultation and find out more about what co-managed IT services can do for you.

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