Whether you are the owner, manager, or just one of the employees at a small business, odds are good that you utilize your desktop or laptop computer more than once to get your essential tasks completed during the day. Network outages, error messages, PC problems, or performance issues interrupt your daily workflow and can make even the easiest tasks take twice as long as they need to – or lead to these tasks simply never getting taken care of at all.
Small businesses must seek out the best Managed IT support services in their area. Having a trusted local partner to help solve your IT problems is an absolute necessity for any small business to have success and see growth in the long-term. While some may disagree, this leads us to an important question:
How would your business operate without an IT support staff?
Small businesses that do not have an IT support staff on-call only have one other option. They must ask their employees to fix their own problems. While this seems like a cost-effective solution, it tends to lead to low-grade disaster.
There’s always that one employee that knows just enough about computers and technology to be dangerous. Whether directly asked to solve IT problems or volunteering, these employees end up creating long-term problems when they’re trying to fix the short-term issues.
The downside to having an employee that helps out with IT-related tasks is that this employee is taken away from their job duties while helping out their fellow coworkers. This method of dealing with technology problems effectively doubles your downtime, lowering productivity across the board, which is never good for your bottom line.
We’ve all seen it before. You encounter a problem and spend 15 minutes trying to solve it before reaching out to your IT support staff. Within seconds, the IT support staff has the problem solved and everyone can get back to work.
Most Managed IT support professionals have seen just about everything that can go wrong with business technology. Their vast knowledge of computer issues can help your end users find a quick resolution to their problems. This allows your employees to stay focused on their tasks.
Your IT support staff will log each and every IT problem into a database called a ticket tracker. This gives your IT staff a glimpse of the most common computer problems in your small business.
If they notice a problem that happens over and over again, your IT support staff can be proactive and provide a resolution to the problem.
Sometimes the resolution is an update, an upgrade, or a simple configuration change; When you contract a managed IT support staff, recurring IT problems can potentially become a thing of the past.
Many IT problems can be solved remotely. For example, if a user is trying to print a document and they’ve restarted the computer and it still doesn’t seem to work, the next step is to call IT support and ask for their help.
IT support agents will identify the user’s computer, remotely login to the user’s computer and provide the remedy for the printer.
Remote IT assistance has streamlined the methods in which businesses get IT support. As a result, small businesses no longer need to hire an onsite IT support staff since they are able to get most of their IT problems resolved remotely.
One common factor among many small businesses is that they seem to accumulate IT assets rather quickly.
It isn’t uncommon for small businesses to acquire servers, switches, desktop PCs, laptops and tablets. How can your business keep track of all of these devices?
When your business uses a managed IT staff, your IT assets will be registered and tracked in a database to ensure asset inventory compliance.
When users need help, a technician can rapidly identify the equipment in the database and review past issues that the user has submitted. Not only does IT asset management help your IT support staff, it could help your small business reduce the risks of losing an asset.
Can your small business recover from an IT outage? Not only do businesses suffer from lack of productivity during an outage, your business could also have to deal with these factors:
Most small businesses will do whatever it takes to mitigate these 5 factors. Outsourcing your IT staff to a local managed service provider is a great way to put your technology assets into the hands of a trusted IT support partner.
When you need high-tech Managed Services, you need to call on BACS. We’ve worked with everything from tiny startups just getting their business off the ground, to small businesses searching to grow in an increasingly connected marketplace, to large industries with specialized software and technology requirements. We provide full-service Managed Services, ranging from VOIP and CCTV to Security Services to IT Support and more.
Published on 16th January 2017 by James Berger.