Practices That Your Managed Service Provider Should Follow

Managed service providers may be the current hot topic, but it’s important to note that they don’t all work the same. There are many attributes that indicate whether a particular IT provider is worth your time. If you don’t currently outsource your technology needs or you do and are curious if that company is providing all the necessary services, it may be helpful to first explore the qualities to look for.

Offers Immediate Service, 24/7

The first feature that any reputable provider should be able to provide fits in its own title: service. You should be able to call your IT provider at any time of the day (even holidays) and get the care that you need. Not only should you receive a fast response from your provider, but the act itself should be completed quickly and seamlessly. On top of performing their services remotely, the provider should also be able to visit their client on-site in a timely manner to be of assistance. If you do not yet have a managed service provider locked in, simple questions such as “how long does it typically take you to respond” or “how fast are you able to solve issues” will give you insight into whether or not they would be a good provider to take advantage of.

Provides the Role of an Advisor

It may seem like second nature, but unfortunately, not all managed service providers consider themselves an advisor. Any successful managed service provider should be able to assist you in all aspects of your business while keeping you within your intended budget. They should care about getting the products that are best for your needs and not push the ones they are supposed to promote for the month. In addition, they should not only repair your equipment but also help ensure they remain working properly throughout the year. Seek a provider who will consider your personal goals when making their technology recommendations. Even if the provider is on the pricier side, as long as they are able to save you time and resources throughout strategic advice, the services will truly be priceless.

Proven to be Highly Qualified

It’s crucial to not leave your business in the hands of just any provider. Instead, you must find one who is qualified and has a stack of experienced IT experts at your service in case you need any assistance. This will ensure that you are receiving the top most care and the provider will be following the best practices for any given situation they will be helping with. Another benefit of having a highly qualified IT provider is that they will most likely be reputable in their field, meaning they will have partnerships with leading technology companies, which they will manage for you. Some technology companies that your managed provider should be able to offer are: Datto, Avaya, Cisco and Microsoft. The more reputable the provider is; the better technology you will be exposed to.

Security is at the Top of Their Mind

One area that you do not want overlooked by your managed service provider is security. With scammers on higher alert than ever before, security is even more critical to keep at the utmost importance for your business. A good provider should have the connections to utilize the best endpoint security systems available to keep your business safe and protected. For instance, Cisco Umbrella is a security staple that should be introduced by your provider to help ensure that your data is well protected from malware. In addition, your provider should also set up technology to protect your information in case disaster does strikes. All in all, you should feel safe in the hands of your IT provider that your data will remain safe and untouched.

Choose Proactive Over Reactive

To ensure you have a provider who considers your best interests, they should also take into account how you can prevent issues like data breaches or broken technology from occurring in the first place. One way they can do this is by performing daily backups on your equipment as well as scheduled disaster recovery planning. This way, if these issues do persist, you have a plan to get your data back. Outsourcing your needs to IT experts can be the best way to ensure you stay ahead of inevitable issues and you can truly handle anything that comes your way.

Nutmeg Technologies is an IT managed service provider based out of Windsor, CT. We are happy to  assist companies who are looking to have both in-office workforce and remote, or either or, through secure technology. Contact us today to find a product that best suits your company’s needs.