Here’s a little Independence Day challenge – name one thing (just one!) that you do to run your business that doesn’t have an IT component. Still thinking? Ok – we’ll give you a minute. Having a hard time coming up with one? Yeah – that’s kinda what we thought. That’s because virtually everything you do to run your small business involves the computer or other device, email, or use of the internet, a server, or a network and on and on and on. Given our reliance on technology and the very real potential for downtime and lost revenue that come from it not working, doesn’t it make sense to have true IT experts take on the responsibility for managing, protecting and maintaining your systems and equipment? Fortunately there is an affordable and reliable solution that allows you to declare your independence from the stress of IT (or bad IT service). The IT industry calls it managed service – basically, it’s outsourcing IT to a provider that offers total IT management for your small business. (Translation: They worry about it so that you don’t have to.) You can call it a smart business decision worthy of our Founding Fathers.
#1 – Predictable Budgeting
Without a managed solution in place, budgeting for your IT needs can be a real challenge to say the least. Technology costs might be nothing one month, and then go through the roof the next if hardware fails and needs to be replaced or you had to schedule service calls at an hourly rate. But with a managed service solution like what is offered by Corsica Tech, you invest a fixed amount each month, and your IT needs are covered. In addition, you will be able to better forecast upcoming expenditures based on Corsica’s knowledge of your systems and equipment, and proactive communication with you on what probably needs to be replaced before it fails, what upgrades you might need or other enhancements you should consider based on your current business model and growth plan. And don’t be so quick to decide that you can’t afford it. A May 2015 Profiles report showed that on average, businesses moving to a managed service provider will save 10-25% with this solution. The reality is that you use technology, therefore you are going to pay for technology no matter what. So doesn’t it make good business sense to invest a flat monthly fee to ensure that it’s being managed and maintained, rather than throwing money at fixing something once it’s already broken and creating downtime? (For more on this, check out the most common objections to using a managed service provider.)
#2 – You Sign On for “An It Guy”, You Get a Whole Team
With a managed service provider like Corsica Tech supporting your small business, you get 24/7 HelpDesk access for end users, and 24/7 monitoring of your network. In short, Corsica becomes the IT professional down the hall…only better. What this means for you in the real world is that when you have any issues with anything IT-related, you contact your IT guy. It just so happens that in this scenario the “IT guy” is an entire team of professionally trained and certified technicians who are available for support by phone, remote access, or on-site service as needed. And the IT issue will be matched to the technician who is most qualified to solve it as quickly as possible so that you can get back to work. Think about it this way – Corsica’s business is to stay on top of all things IT and know how to fix what breaks or better yet, prevent them from breaking at all. Even if the tech supporting you hasn’t dealt with a particular issue on your business before doesn’t mean he/she hasn’t resolved it numerous other times for other customers. It’s what they get paid to do, and they are good at it. Which ultimately means it gets resolved faster and gets your team back to work faster.
#3 – Fewer Issues = Increased Productivity
The biggest benefit of going with a managed service solution is what happens in the background – the 24/7 monitoring, management and maintenance of your IT environment. Sounds pretty boring right? Well it is until some minor bug in the background gets ignored and shuts down your network for half a day or more. Or when a critical security patch gets missed and your business gets hacked, costing you time, money and worst of all, customer confidence. Good IT management means you have far fewer IT issues and are more productive because everything else is proactively resolved, your data is properly protected and backed up, and your system is kept up to data and running smoothly. You probably won’t want to know ¾ of the details of what a managed service provider will manage in the background…though with Corsica Tech as your solution you will receive regular reporting on the health of your system and have periodic account reviews. The bottom line is that when your IT is running smoothly, your team doesn’t have to think about how it works – instead they can spend their time on what really matters, which is running your business.
#4 – You Can’t Afford for Your I.T. to Fail
Consider this scary statistic – 60% of all small businesses that experienced data loss went out of business within 6 months of the disruption. While that may be the extreme end, the cost of even minor business interruptions caused by network outages is very, very real. Lost productivity, lost sales and lost customers can all happen when your technology fails. And if your IT isn’t being properly and proactively managed, failure is inevitable. When you weigh those costs against a reasonable monthly fee that provides you with the peace of mind that your IT is being managed by experts, isn’t it worth at least looking into? There has never been a better time to declare your independence from the stress that non-existent, inefficient or just plain bad IT service is creating for you. Let someone else manage the systems that power your business, so you can get back to managing the business itself. With all the proven benefits of outsourcing your IT management to a managed service provider, it’s really no longer a matter of whether or not you should – it’s a matter of deciding what provider you want to partner with. Ready to find out more about what Corsica Technologies can do you for your small business? Schedule a free I.T. assessment and learn more. For more information contact Corsica at 877-367-9348 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About Corsica Technologies The mission of Corsica Tech is to deliver custom IT service solutions to small businesses, providing them with exceptional customer service, and the peace of mind that their IT systems are being professionally monitored and managed so that they can focus on their core business. Corsica Tech’s managed service program provides an affordable, reliable solution for businesses so they can focus on their core business and not the IT solutions that power it. For a fixed monthly fee, Corsica Tech will monitor, manage and maintain your IT systems, ensuring that your network is running at peak efficiency. It’s like having the IT professional down the hall, only better.