Headquartered in Westchester, Ill. and founded in 2010, Middleground Technologies is an IT services provider that works with mid market and enterprise companies in the health care, legal, manufacturing, business services, and financial service industries. Their team of 15 provide IT management, cloud consulting, and cybersecurity services to clientele.
A managed IT services provider (MSP) is most often information technology (IT) services provider that manages and assumes responsibility for providing a defined set of services to its clients either proactively or as the MSP (not the client) determines that services are needed.[26][27] Most MSPs bill an upfront setup or transition fee and an ongoing flat or near-fixed monthly fee, which benefits clients by providing them with predictable IT support costs. Sometimes, MSPs act as facilitators who manage and procure staffing services on behalf of the client. In such context, they use an online application called vendor management system (VMS) for transparency and efficiency. A managed service provider is also useful in creating disaster recovery plans, similar to a corporation's. Managed Service Providers tend to prove most useful to small businesses with a limited IT budget.[28]
Having a secure and properly maintained network is critical to your business operations. We provide network security that includes router and firewall configuration, managed switch installation, wireless access point deployment, as well as data and voice network cabling. Properly securing your network involves sophisticated security testing and hardening to protect your data and your user’s privacy.
SugarShot provided IT consulting and help desk services for a non-profit. The client felt they did not need an in-house person doing IT, but they needed a help desk they could call when they needed assistance. SugarShot is a help desk for the client; they manage servers and services, provide troubleshooting services, and they serve a variety of other functions. The client has been satisfied with the company’s work, and they feel that the company has helped move their cybersecurity forward.

Having a secure and properly maintained network is critical to your business operations. We provide network security that includes router and firewall configuration, managed switch installation, wireless access point deployment, as well as data and voice network cabling. Properly securing your network involves sophisticated security testing and hardening to protect your data and your user’s privacy.
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. 

They can easily handle the heavy lifting when it comes to IT system administration. IT managed services are offered in a full suite of services including monitoring, management, backups, support and critical situation management. Most IT companies are looking to hire a company for the work which holds years of experience and expertise on technical skills.

The first books on the topic of managed services: Service Agreements for SMB Consultants: A Quick-Start Guide to Managed Services[18] and The Guide to a Successful Managed Services Practice[19] 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.

Cloud computing has allowed managed IT services to expand beyond the regions and borders that would constrain the average break/fix IT through the adoption of Software as a Service (SaaS) technologies, as well as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service(PaaS) also. These capabilities allow managed IT services to scale at a rate dramatically larger and faster than in-house IT operation or break/fix providers.

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