5 Ways To Know Managed IT Is Right for Your Business

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Running an IT department probably wasn’t your top reason you started your business. But the more you try new digital tools to connect with customers, keep your financial records, planning, marketing and process sales or a hundred other opportunities, the more you realize managing technology is like a full-time job.

And with the news filled with cyber hacks and ransomware reports, you are probably more aware and more worried about security threats than you ever thought possible. A recent survey found that 62% of small and medium-sized businesses lack the skills necessary to protect themselves, or recover from, security issues — 52% felt “helpless” to defend against new cyber attacks.

Managed IT service providers can relieve the burden and the stress. It is our responsibility to secure, monitor and maintain your technology, allowing you to focus on your business.

We’re giving you five MORE reasons companies like yours are choosing managed IT services.

1. Can we say IT Rock Walls?
Businesses face more cybersecurity threats than any time in history. It’s hard to keep up as threats evolve — or be confident you’re protected. With an IT services arrangement, an IT services company like Metis can implement security processes that are proven and always up-to-date solutions keeping your business safe and compliant with data protection laws and regulations.

The approach makes us a top managed service provider. We can cover everything from endpoint protection for your devices to patch management for your applications, password management processes for your team, firewalls, external vulnerability audits and more.

BUT WITHOUT MANAGED SERVICES, IT’S LIKE ROCK CLIMBING WITH NO ROPE
If you neglect a managed service arrangement, you can be at risk of a data breach, ransomware attack, or loss of data, resulting in damage to your reputation, lost time and revenue, regulatory fines, and legal action. We’re not trying to scare you, but we’re a little scared.

1 Accessed Oct 2020: VansonBourne, 2019. Underserved and Unprepared: The State of SMB Cyber Security in 2019.

2. Predictable costs, Predictable results
An IT managed services provider can result in more control over your IT expenses. A cost structure tailored to your business billing means you can budget with confidence instead of incurring unexpected costs when something breaks down. Scheduled maintenance helps prevent breakdowns in the first place.

A trusted IT partner managing your IT environment creates more time to focus on your business and less dealing with IT issues. We are experts in all things IT, so that gives us the opportunity to advise you on technologies that will best meet your business goals. You can plan for those expenditures in advance.

3. Efficiency Creates Business Growth – the Experts Say it, so it Must Be So.
Metis is considered one of the top IT companies in the area, and we help ensure you get full value from the technologies you’ve invested in. This means we help you maintain your hardware’s peak performance, enhance software ecosystems you already own, reduce or eliminate downtime, and strategize on the tools and systems that will best serve long-term needs. This 360-degree approach helps improve productivity and efficiency so you can foster and experience business growth however you choose.

4. Protect Your Data as If Your Life Depends on It…. Your Business Life Does
There are many threats to your data, from nefarious IT hackers to natural events like power outages, floods, fires – and let’s not forget about pandemics! Any unexpected event can disrupt your business in the blink of an eye.

You have to get back up and running as quickly as possible. You need a well-designed data backup and protection plan designed by a respected and knowledgeable managed IT services provider. They don’t even have to be near you! We can craft business recovery measures to protect your company against all types of data loss.

5. Getting Ahead is Always Better Than Being Behind – Get Proactive
Managed IT services are all about being proactive – anticipate problems, don’t react and keep your technology working at its best instead of waiting for it to break down. This results in greater security, productivity and return on your technology investments — let’s not forget peace of mind.

Without Managed IT Services, well, It Can Be Fixed, I Guess If something breaks, we can fix it. But we can’t get you back the time lost while your IT system is “in the shop”. We call this “break/fix”, and it’s not a good way to run your business.

Call Metis to get ahead of your managed IT needs today.