Managed Services Provider
A managed service provider (MSP) is an outsourced third-party company that manages and assumes the responsibility of a defined set of day-to-day management services to its customers. It is a strategic method of improving operations that is commonplace among large corporations as well as small and medium-size businesses, non-profit organizations, and governments.
An MSP can handle myriad operational tasks that, though critical to the success of a business, are non-customer facing. Many organizations make the strategic decision to outsource operational processes, due to the efficiencies and expertise such a program brings.
Because of its complex nature, one of the most popular operational task to outsource is the management of a company’s contingent labor procurement process. Doing so allows a business to take advantage of an MSP’s capabilities and experience, while avoiding the direct cost of managing the program themselves.
The areas of business that are most often outsourced to a managed service provider include:
- IT Infrastructure
- IT Staffing
- Contract management and compliance
- Vendor management
- IT Procurement and sourcing
What happens once you engage an MSP?
When engaging a managed service provider, you do not relinquish overall managerial control and responsibility for the operations being outsourced and thus remain accountable. Plus, you get to choose exactly which services you want managed externally, and which ones you’ll keep working on in-house.
The MSP will handle the often time-consuming, complex, repetitive, and arduous work involved. Outsourcing to an MSP is becoming a growing trend in business as more and more companies come to realize the benefits of moving many of their day-to-day operations to a third party expert.
What are the benefits of an MSP?
This trend is growing because companies can reap many rewards. Firstly, an MSP can drive cost savings. Most providers will bill an upfront fee and then an ongoing flat monthly fee, which provides business owners with a predictable monthly cost. Outsourcing managed services also allows business owners to reduce the cost of dedicated personnel working in-house as well as the technology, tools, and other resources needed to handle the tasks.
Secondly, the managed service provider will also have the experience, expertise, and knowledge in the services being provided that will allow for greater accuracy and reduced risks and liabilities, especially since compliance with government regulations and industry standards will be guaranteed.
Third, the MSP will have the best-in-class tools, technology, and resources needed to enhance efficiencies by streamlining processes and procedures. This will also allow for greater visibility and more insight, which in turn will lead to better decision making based on real-time information and analyses.
How does an MSP drive positive change?
Managed service providers start at the beginning. They thoroughly review all of your current processes, whether it’s the way you process payroll, how you store contracts, or how you manage your relationships with your suppliers or contingent workers. They then find opportunities that will maximize savings and reduce spend in your organization while maintaining company efficiencies.
They also find liabilities and challenges within your processes that you might not be aware of, in order to reduce your risk.
Once your systems are analyzed and these opportunities and liabilities are uncovered, MSPs build custom solutions based on your unique business needs. Finally, MSPs then provide on-going maintenance and support of your new processes.
Why should your business use an MSP?
In this highly competitive marketplace we find ourselves in, you need to be able to set your company apart from all of the others by operating as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. This is one of the most effective ways of staying competitive and succeeding in today’s market.
When you outsource your managed services, you can focus on your core business – such as your direction, strategies, and growth, instead of being bogged down by administrative work. Plus, the enhanced accuracy, reduced liabilities, and cost savings will help you manage your business to the best of your ability.
You and your in-house staff should be focused on the tasks that will drive profits and grow your business, not on the minutia of day-to-day responsibilities. A managed service provider will act as an extension of your team, provide great value, and help your organization succeed.
- Cut IT Costs
- Proactive Monitoring of Your Systems
- Basic Updates and Maintenance Included
Business Technology Services for CNY and Beyond
Local IT Dept is a Syracuse-based Information Technology (IT) Services company providing complete professional IT Services and Managed IT Services for small and medium-sized companies.
For over twenty five years our mission has always been to provide the highest quality of IT Services and to ensure 100% client satisfaction. We follow a unique approach, and we have the right tools and the skilled people to manage your network and to help you move forward to grow your business and scale up.
Local IT company is division of Venturetechnica LLC, an award winning technology firm serving Syracuse, Utica, Rome, Herkimer, Auburn and the greater Central New York (CNY) Region and beyond. We strive to provide the best IT services and IT Support services to our clients.
As an enterprise class Information Technology service company, the Local IT Department model is unique and is designed based on a strong foundation of adaptability, reliability and expertise – you can rest assured knowing you have some of the most talented and accommodating IT service consultants in the industry to back you up.