It’s impossible for most companies to conduct business without some form of IT system in place. But servers and computers don’t magically appear on their own, and they don’t fix themselves either when things go wrong. Managed and professional services are a must.
While a typical startup with limited cash flow might consider building and maintaining systems on its own, or with the help of “experienced” friends, this will limit a company’s growth. The key to digital success for businesses of any size or stage is to hire IT professionals for both managed and professional services.
Starting Out Fresh and Professional
Professional services cover all forms of IT work requiring boots on the ground. Core services include upgrading/installing computers, servers, and devices.
For new companies, professional IT services are at the top of everyone’s list, whether they realize it or not. The most basic tasks, such as sending emails, saving files, and making voice calls, require an IT system.
With millions of businesses running on all kinds of systems globally, the IT solutions market is daunting. Consequently, it’s easy to check price tags and decide to put on the IT hat and do things alone. Nothing is worse for a startup than believing IT YouTube training is as good as a professional engineer. Losing private data because a secretary set up a company’s server could spell trouble for a new business’ future.
Beyond ensuring a company’s system functions properly, professional engineers consider what components will lead to the most productive work environment. This saves both time and money in the short- and long-term.
The Way IT Has Always Been
A company looking to expand might ask a new employee for advice on doubling the size of its network. Just because they listed IT as a skill on their LinkedIn profile doesn’t mean they can handle an entire company’s network. One of the dozens of possible scenarios could end with literally two of everything and excessive amounts of spending.
An IT engineer can propose solutions that could even lead to downsizing a company’s physical assets while increasing productivity.
Established companies with IT philosophies like, “we’ve always done it this way,” or “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it,” are guaranteeing themselves a future of ceased growth or even closure.
Managing Your IT Momentum
Once everything is installed and functioning correctly, the journey is just beginning. The next step involves hiring a Managed Service Provider (MSP).
No business enjoys computer or server failures. The frustration alone can affect employees’ or clients’ moods. However, the amount of time a system stays down can have an impact on a company’s productivity and bottom line. Managed IT services seek to end problems before they exist.
Think of an MSP as an all-knowing, ever-present being who tirelessly watches a company’s entire network. The only thing better would be to hire Gandalf. Managed services don’t stop when the regular work week does either. Advanced monitoring software routinely alerts engineers to potential issues, who remotely conduct timely fixes.
By investing in managed services, a company can have peace of mind. Their accountant can also keep counting cash instead of troubleshooting every computer problem because they have an Apple Watch and must be tech-savvy.
Investing in Your Future by Using Managed and Professional Services
What do experienced friends, secretaries, new employees, and accountants have in common? They aren’t IT engineers. While they are well-meaning people who generate revenue for you elsewhere, they can lose your company money when you repurpose them as IT professionals.
No business is too small or too old to start implementing managed and professional services. Whether your venture is new and you want to start off on the right foot, or you believe your business needs a boost in productivity, our team at KME Systems is ready to make magic.