Everyone wants to be ahead of the game. For most businesses, reacting to problems is a last resort. You manage major customers to head off potential problems, and you supervise important suppliers to make sure that nothing goes wrong. Being ahead of the game with regard to your technology is important as well.
Managed IT support focuses on avoiding problems rather than reacting to them. Your managed IT support provider will be there if an emergency takes place, but the right support will mean that fewer emergencies ever happen. Here are a few ways that managed IT support can help you predict the future and avoid emergencies:
Annual Network Risk Assessments
Your IT Service Provider should assess and document your network annually. This assists them in finding ways to implement the latest innovations and continue using best practices to ensure that your network is fast and secure. An annual assessment also allows your business to plan ahead when it comes to equipment upgrades and replacements and helps you prepare for major software updates that can affect your line-of-business applications.
Every week, the largest operating system vendors announce dozens of bugs in the systems that they have built, and provide the patches to fix them. Patching systems can be time-consuming task. Your managed IT provider should create and implement a proactive patch management plan, thus reducing the risk of an emergency caused by vulnerabilities in your operating system software.
Leverage the Latest Monitoring Tools
The latest and best network monitoring tools are often too expensive for the average small business to purchase and maintain. Because a managed IT provider spreads those costs across many businesses, they can give you the benefit of the best tools to protect your network from hackers and improve your network’s performance.
Utilizing Managed IT Support will help your business avoid emergencies and plan for the future. For more information, please contact us.