NetStandard | Kansas City's Managed Technology Leader | Sales: 913-428-4202 | Support: 913-428-4200

Outsourcing is an excellent way for startups and small businesses to effectively take care of certain IT tasks. By outsourcing IT-related necessities, small business owners can save money and reap other benefits for their organization.

What IT Areas Can You Outsource to a Managed Services Provider?

Businesses thinking of harnessing the benefits of outsourcing may delegate these IT areas to a managed services provider.

Infrastructure

Outsourcing network systems, servers, and other IT-related infrastructure to a reliable provider saves businesses thousands of dollars in labor and costs. This is because building the in-house infrastructure tailored to the needs of the business is neither easy nor cheap. It requires a large budget to purchase the necessary equipment and software. Additionally, highly skilled IT staff is needed to maintain the IT infrastructure.

Handing off the infrastructure to a trustworthy third party allows small businesses and startups to cut their budgets, as the service provider owns the software or equipment and is responsible for operating and troubleshooting the systems. Business owners simply need to pay on a subscription or per-use basis.

Cloud Hosting

Cloud hosting enables a business to access information anytime, anywhere using any compatible device. Hosting an in-house system for cloud computing purposes, however, is expensive. On top of that, it poses security risks if the technology used by the business is outdated.

When business owners outsource cloud technology, they can focus on using the cloud, as opposed to maintaining it. Outsourcing cloud hosting saves businesses thousands of dollars in monthly hosting expenses. They don’t need to shell out cash to rent space for their servers, as well.

Cybersecurity

Defending a business against the latest sophisticated cyber-attacks requires a combination of technology, security expertise, and intelligence. Organizations that lack the necessary resources to build these capabilities in-house should outsource cybersecurity plans to a service provider that delivers ample protection against cyber threats.

Handing off cybersecurity functions to a team of experts eliminates the need to invest in round-the-clock IT security staffing and training. On top of that, it significantly minimizes the load on already-stretched IT employees who are carrying the additional responsibility of managing security.

Outsourcing cybersecurity to a trusted third-party provider improves incident response times and threat detection. A team of outsourced experts in charge of surveying your 24/7 IT security operations and responding to real-time incidents relieves employees of the time-consuming work of checking system alarms and logs, triaging security incidents for remediation, and removing false positives.

IT Tasks that Businesses Can’t Automate

Taking on repetitive IT tasks can be too time-consuming. Typically, the solution to this problem would be to come up with a script or software that can automate the process. If automating these tasks isn’t possible, business owners should consider outsourcing.  Businesses that want to delegate these tedious tasks to a third-party provider can create detailed and step-by-step documentation.

Business Applications

While developing apps customized to the business staff and operations may seem like a good idea, hiring someone to create and build tailored business apps requires a considerable investment in money, time, and patience. Instead of employing in-house IT staff for this task, organizations can outsource their business applications to a provider of business suites, such as Microsoft Office 365.

The Other Benefits of Outsourcing to a Managed Services Provider

When you outsource the IT needs of your business to a managed services provider, your organization as a whole will enjoy the following benefits:

Access to the Latest Technology and Experts

You can obtain advice from a service provider’s team of IT experts to assist you in making the appropriate technology decisions for your business. You gain access to the latest support and technology from a team that’s proficient in deploying it effectively.

Increased Flexibility

If you decide to modify the technology strategy of your business, your provider will have the services and tools necessary to help you transition into your new platform. Working with a service provider also gives you the flexibility to scale up (or down) rapidly when there’s a change in the needs of your company. Your provider, for instance, can quickly bring in extra online storage and servers when your company is expanding rapidly and requires additional server and storage capacity.

Diminished Risk of Data Loss

Managed solution providers make sure that your business has appropriate defenses, such as firewalls, event monitoring software, and security information, to minimize the risk of data loss. They often maintain certification in the security standards required to safeguard sensitive customer and business data.

Reduced Risk of Downtime

Service providers help your business decrease the risk of disruption due to system downtime. They have state-of-the-art facilities with redundant devices that keep the operations of your business going.

Improved Focus on Core Business

IT, for many companies, is a support function and not a core competency. If your business isn’t technology, it may be difficult to bring on board and retain an in-house IT team with excellent skills. Outsourcing allows your management to focus on the company’s business development and core competencies instead of struggling with technology problems. On top of that, providers offer guaranteed service level agreements and 24/7 support to let you get more work done with fewer operational hiccups.

Higher Employee Morale

Outsourcing, when handled correctly, can contribute to the rise of your employees’ morale. It lets your workers concentrate on the job you hired them to do, while the reliable systems coming from the service provider allow employees to be more productive at their core tasks. As a result, your workers are less likely to burn out and quit.

Businesses that are looking for a reliable managed IT solutions provider to take care of their IT-related needs can turn to NetStandard. We utilize Clarity, our IT managed services platform, to make sure that the technology in your business operates at an optimal level. Count on us to deliver outsourced and customized technology solutions that will propel the growth of your business. With us as your partner, we make sure that your business remains competitive in a technology-driven world.

Get in touch with us to find out how our IT solutions will help your business.

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 02 Oct 2018 0 comments

 

 
Smaller firms often struggle just to keep up with maintaining a website. Worrying about a scaled­ down version for mobile users seems like just too much trouble. Today’s blog is all about why this matters to you and why should you bother with a mobile version.
 
A bit of background: Mobile sites are versions of your website that can be easily read and used on a small mobile screen. What is readable on a laptop of desktop monitor can be too tiny to use on a small screen. Also, the buttons and fields on your forms become impossible to use.
 
Why does this matter? Three reasons
  1. Showing up in search rankings. If you want to be found in a search and appear high in the ranking, you need to have a “mobile optimized” site. Google has now included the failure to have a mobile optimized site as a specific reason to lower a website in its search rankings. If you don’t have a mobile optimized site, you slip lower in the ranking. Slip lower in the rankings and fewer people ever find you in a search.

  2. More search and web activity now occurs on mobile devices than standard PC and laptops. If you want attention, you need to be “mobile ready.” You can’t just write off those mobile users- ­­there are too many of them.

  3. If your site is too difficult to use on a phone screen, the user is just going to jump to another vendor. There’s nothing else to say.
So the summary is, if you haven’t already done so, you need to bite the bullet and get a mobile optimized site. The internet offers too much business to just ignore the issue.

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 30 Sep 2018 0 comments

 

 
We’re back. In the last post, we talked about building momentum toward a trade show exhibition. Today, let’s look at your efforts during the show itself.

You already should have sent out a reminder the morning of the show in posts on all your social media accounts, an article on your website blog, and a general email that you’re exhibiting. Now it is time to work the booth.
 
First, recognize that your goal is to use this show to develop as large a list of prospects as possible. That means you not only want visitors at the booth, you need their contact information. The proven way to get attendees contact information is to offer them something for free, or run a contest for something worthwhile. Most booths will offer some give way, coffee mug, etc. at the booth if visitors sign a contact info sheet. People can’t resist free stuff, no matter how much they don’t need another mug or could afford to buy them on their own by the caseload. Therefore, have give a ways.
 
You can also run a contest for those willing to take the time for a demo of your product or service. If they will take the extra step, enter them for a raffle for something of greater value, such as an iPad or tablet.

If anyone shows special interest, keep your non-exhibit hours open to schedule meetings for coffee or a demo.

Beyond getting prospects, use the show for broader networking. Work the other booths and introduce yourself to other exhibitors to get your name known. You can never do enough networking, and you never know when it might pay off. If the exhibitor entrance fee does not include entrance to other networking events such as meals and meet-and-greet-happy-hours, consider buying a ticket for access.These offer additional opportunities to network.

Finally, don’t forget social media. Throughout the show, post pics of yourself with clients or prospects who visited your booth. You can even use the event hashtag if they have one to help your business generate buzz!

Next time, let’s talk about what to do once you get back home.

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 28 Sep 2018 0 comments

 

 
This cyberattack scheme hasn’t garnered nearly as much attention as the usual “break-in-and-steal-data-to-sell-on-the-Internet version,” but it can be even more debilitating. Ransomware attacks have begun appearing in the last few years and its practitioners are so polished that in few cases they even have mini­call centers to handle your payments and questions.
 
So what is ransomware? Ransomware stops you from using your PC, files or programs. The business model is as old as the earliest kidnapping. They hold your data, software, or entire PC hostage until you pay them a ransom to get it back. What happens is that you suddenly have no access to a program or file and a screen appears announcing your files are encrypted and that you need to pay (usually in bitcoins) to regain access. There may even be a Doomsday-style clock counting down the time you have to pay or lose everything.
 
Interestingly, one of the more common “market segments” being targeted in the US has been public safety. Police department data is held hostage, and in many cases, they have given up and paid the ransom. They had little choice. They aren’t the only ones. A hospital in Southern california also fell prey, as did one in Texas.
 
Ransomware can be especially insidious because backups may not offer complete protection against these criminals. Such new schemes illustrate why you need to have a professional security service that can keep you up to date on the latest criminal activities in the cyber world. Talk to an MSP about possible protections against ransomware.