Managed services is the practice of outsourcing the responsibility for maintaining, and anticipating need for, a range of processes and functions in order to improve operations and cut expenses. It is an alternative to the break/fix or on-demand outsourcing model where the service provider performs on-demand services and bills the customer only for the work done.
BairesDev provided development staff augmentation for a travel technology firm. The client's platform is used by several Fortune 500 companies, and they needed competent and affordable development assistance. The client noted that the programmers assigned to their projects were consistently skilled and a good cultural fit for their in-house teams and lauded their dedication, for example, when their CEO visited the client's New Orleans offices, despite having more prominent clients.
Another benefit to managed IT services is a greater opportunity for security expertise and successfully enacted security policies. MSPs work with standards such as PCI compliance day in, day out, and should be able to steer your organization within the parameters and regulations it needs to adhere to. For some organizations, especially in finance, healthcare, educations, and other industries, this type of regulatory compliance is mandatory for the IT portion of their business, and requires the expertise and experience that a managed service provider can offer. MSPs can mitigate risk in this way while assuring that the experts in charge of your IT operations are always up to date on the latest information, technologies and processes that will keep your infrastructure working efficiently and successfully into the future.
The first books on the topic of managed services: Service Agreements for SMB Consultants: A Quick-Start Guide to Managed Services and The Guide to a Successful Managed Services Practice were published in 2006 by Palachuk and Simpson, respectively. Since then, the managed services business model has gained ground among enterprise-level companies. As the value-added reseller (VAR) community evolved to a higher level of services, it adapted the managed service model and tailored it to SMB companies.
Creative People provides IT support for a tax law firm. The client needed IT support; Creative People helped them update their hardware, and they have been helping the client with their website. Additionally, they work with the client’s video conferencing system, access control system, and their legal CRM. The client has been satisfied with the company’s work, and wants to continue working with them.
Our comprehensive managed services are a fixed-rate IT support program—including 24/7 monitoring, preventative maintenance, and proactive IT solutions—that ensures consistent up-time for your business. Why spend the time and money on an entire IT staff? Our managed services plans are both affordable and reliable and will provide you with all the solutions you need to run an effective and efficient IT environment.
Backup and Disaster Recovery (BDR)—a combination of data backup and disaster-recovery solutions that works cohesively to ensure an organization's critical business functions will continue to operate despite serious incidents or disasters that might otherwise have interrupted them, or will be recovered to an operational state within a reasonably short period.