Managed IT providers offer a necessary partnership to organizations that need to minimize risk, optimize efficiency, and overcome obstacles, such as talent shortages. The benefits of managed IT services include improved compliance, strengthened security, and superior backup-and-recovery solutions.
Why Do We Need Managed Services?
Managed services provide peace of mind for your business. In addition to obtaining access to an entire team of IT experts, you get a partner who makes sure your technology is sufficient enough to meet your business goals. If your organization has been thinking about employing managed IT, consider these benefits of managed IT services.
Fixed IT Costs
The cost of managing and maintaining servers is more than just about money – it’s about downtime, too. Partnering with a managed IT firm allows you to convert the costs of your IT to a fixed monthly cost, such as a utility, making it easier to plan and develop a long-term strategy for your organization and ensuring that you’re up and running without fail.
Improved Tech Expertise
Not only is there a severe labour shortage in the IT industry but the cost of hiring your own in-house IT team is exorbitant. Partnering with a managed IT firm lets you have access to the best talent without having to pay for salaries and benefits.
Levelled Playing Field
For smaller organizations, one of the biggest benefits of managed IT services is that you gain access to the same level of technology, support, security, and monitoring that larger companies can afford – at a fraction of the cost. Partnering with a managed IT firm can help you grow faster, plan more effectively, and compete with larger companies.
Outsourcing your managed IT allows you to remain focused on your core business. You can avoid shifting your attention away from fundamental tasks, making you more agile; you can save time and money, as well. Get products to market more quickly; focus on marketing instead of IT; always have expertise at hand when you need it.
Being in business is inherently risky, and the global environment has made risk an even larger part of the business equation. One of the benefits of managed IT is the ability to mitigate a large portion of your risk by putting your compliance, IT security, and data security in the hands of experts. By partnering with an outsourced service, you shift the risk away from your business.
What Is Included in Managed Services?
There are a variety of solutions included in managed IT services. The ITeam provides Alberta businesses with award-winning service and access to the best IT experts in the industry.
Email security: Email security protocol is customized for your business, using the latest security technology.
Disaster recovery: We work to understand your needs, to develop customized backup and recovery solutions.
Asset management and preventative maintenance: We keep your team working efficiently and ensure updated licensing and software patching, firmware updates, application updates, and more.
Backup management: We help manage the unique compliance requirements in healthcare, oil and gas, accounting, legal, and more.
Unlimited support: We provide remote and onsite support and maintenance services for identified devices, regular business hour and emergency 24×7 support, and 24×7 monitoring.
Virtual CIO: As your strategic partner, we help you align your technology with your business strategy and successfully plan the future.
How Much Do Managed IT Services Cost?
Managed IT services are customized to meet the needs of your organization. Because the service is a fixed-rate cost, you can better plan growth, talent investment, and marketing, as well as other business costs, knowing that your managed IT service is covered.
Can Managed Services Reduce Total IT Cost?
The capital costs of owning your own servers, paying for the utilities to keep servers cool, and replacing infrastructure when a server breaks can be unpredictable and costly. Add to that the necessity of employing IT staff to manage your onsite infrastructure, and the burden it places on your organization to be compliant and secure, it becomes easy to see that one of the big benefits of managed IT services is the cost savings.
Shifting to managed IT services often makes sense, from both a cost perspective and a customer experience perspective. But having a managed IT services provider to partner with you and navigate all of the complexities securely and efficiently can ensure that your IT strategy is aligned with your business.
Whether you are a healthcare firm, an oil and gas company, a legal firm, or a part of the many other industries The ITeam supports, such as construction and accounting, organizations can benefit from managed cloud hosting services. The ITeam is committed to helping Calgary- and Alberta-based businesses develop proactive, cost-effective IT strategies that minimize risk and maximize efficiency. Contact us to learn more.
The ITeam has been named one of the top 50 best managed IT companies in Canada for 2019.
CALGARY, ALBERTA – February 7, 2020 – Out of nearly 2,000 nominees worldwide, The ITeam was named one of Canada’s Top 50 Best Managed IT Companies at the 50 Best Managed IT Companies Awards Gala in Toronto, Ontario, on February 7, 2019. Based on performance in 12 categories that include Business Vision & Strategy, Operations Processes, Financial Management, Leadership & Management, Sales & Marketing Processes, and Customer Satisfaction, winners were selected based on a rigorous review of the best practices that are used to run their businesses.
“It’s a testament to the hard work of our entire team to be selected for this award,” says James Wagner, CEO of The ITeam. “We are committed to providing our customers the very best IT services. Delivering exceptional client experiences with the highest integrity is our highest priority and reflected throughout all of our processes.”
Best 50 Managed IT Companies Award (USA, Canada and UK) recognizes VARs, MSPs and ITSPs who get the highest scores for best business practices in 12 categories. Award winners are amongst the best-of-the-best in the IT Channel in their country when it comes to running their businesses. They have the best business leaders in the IT industry, are poised to have sustainable success in the future, offer superior customer service, and attract and retain the top talent in the IT industry.
About TechnoPlanet Productions
TechnoPlanet is an international channel marketing and communications company that specializes in the technology industry. Since 1993, they have been developing best-practice channel solutions that help technology manufacturers develop and manage their channel partners.
About The ITeam
Providing your company’s IT Services, The ITeam, utilizing IT standards, provides Managed IT Services customized to your business. Committed to demonstrating superior service, our team of employees have an extensive background of successful technology implementations and on-going support. You will work with the highest qualified people to keep your company running smoothly.
Whether you are a healthcare firm, an oil and gas company, a legal firm, or a part of the many other industries The ITeam supports, such as construction and accounting, the ITeam is committed to helping Calgary- and Alberta-based businesses develop proactive, cost-effective IT strategies that minimize risk and maximize efficiency. Contact us to learn more.
It is virtually impossible to overstate the importance that IT and digital security play in today’s business world. With a constantly expanding market and a price tag expected to top $5 Trillion in the last 5 years, cybersecurity must be a concern of businesses large and small.
According to the same study, the average cost of a cyber attack to a small business is around $200,000. Fortunately, there is at least one step all business owners can take to make this possibility far less likely: hiring an outsourced IT and security team.
- Email security: Protect yourself and your business with an email security protocol customized for your business and using the latest security technology.
- Disaster recovery: We work to understand your needs to develop customized backup and recovery solutions.
- Asset management: Let us manage your IT assets. We’ll keep your team working efficiently and ensure updated licensing and patching of software.
- Backup management: Every business is different. With experience across a range of industries, we know how to manage unique compliance requirements in healthcare, oil and gas, accounting, legal, and more.
IT firms like ours serve a variety of functions, from backing up and protecting sensitive data to 24-hour monitoring to ensure nothing goes wrong. When we do our job right, the business owners we serve get to spend their time focusing on being successful in what they really care about instead of all the little logistical steps in between.
At The ITeam, we’ve provided that peace of mind for over 20 years, and our loyal customers recognize the dedication that we have shown over that time. Thanks to their feedback, we have achieved a 4.8 star rating on Clutch, a B2B service platform that helps us showcase our technical capabilities by hosting analyst-conducted and verified reviews.
In our most recent review, we helped a dairy producer to migrate their hosting platforms, as well as providing security and integrating data sources. They not only praised our technical work, but also noted our responsiveness and availability as major bonuses to the engagements.
“Everyone internally on our team feels that they’ve been fantastic. They answer all of our questions and go above and beyond for us, so we’re thankful for that. They have a 24-hour support system service, so every question is answered, even after hours. We’re never left in the dark.” – Breanne Kramer, Digital Marketing Coordinator
Besides Clutch, two sister sites host directories of B2B services in Calgary. The Manifest provides article-based industry explanations along with company rankings, whereas Visual Objects organizes Canadian firms by their portfolio collections.
If you are looking to make the jump to a more secure system or are tired of taking care of tedious infrastructure tasks yourself, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We can’t wait to get started.
Business leaders around the world were surveyed about their concerns going into the next decade. The top concerns included risk management, talent strategy, and innovation. One way for business leaders to ensure that they remain on the competitive edge as they work to address these concerns is through a well-aligned, proactive IT strategy. Better IT is good for business.
From data breaches to regulatory concerns, risk management is a key factor in business strategy. It is also one area in which an organization’s IT strategy can be used as a tool to limit, and in some cases, eliminate, risk. These are the top 10 risks as rated by Protiviti:
- Regulatory changes and scrutiny may impact operational resilience and production and delivery of products and services;
- Economic conditions may significantly restrict growth opportunities;
- Succession challenges and ability to attract and retain top talent may be more difficult;
- Limited operational resilience of legacy IT infrastructure and digital capabilities may restrict the organization’s ability to compete with ‘born digital’ players;
- Resistance to change may restrict organizational agility;
- Preparedness to manage cyber threats may be insufficient;
- Ensuring privacy/identity management and information security/system protection may be challenging;
- Company culture may not empower timely identification and escalation of risk issues;
- Sustaining customer loyalty and retention may be increasingly difficult;
- Adoption of AI-enabled technologies may require new skills that are either in short supply or require significant upskilling/reskilling of existing employees.
Attracting talent in today’s tough and competitive environment is more difficult than ever. It’s not just IT talent that’s hard to find; but acquiring and retaining skilled talent in every area of business has become and ongoing challenge. With a robust IT infrastructure and a well-planned IT strategy, you can attract stronger talent by offering more workplace flexibility and demonstrating your ability to stand apart from the crowd by offering innovative and cutting-edge technology and tools for your employees.
If your organization is always putting out fires, worrying whether or not your server will crash or that someone will click on the wrong link, you simply don’t have the brain space to be innovative. When your business is functioning at peak efficiency, you and your team have time to think creatively and develop solutions that give you a competitive edge.
Working with a managed IT team can:
- Increase uptime for better customer service
- Ensure timely updates to software for better security
- Improve competitiveness and increase speed to market
- Increase budget flexibility
- Improve efficiency and productivity to allow for innovation
- Improve your ability to attract strong talent
The outlook for Canadian businesses is improving, and you can capitalize on this opportunity. A better IT strategy supports your business by reducing risk, as well as improving your ability to attract talent and your opportunity to innovate. We are committed to helping Calgary- and Alberta-based businesses develop proactive, cost-effective IT strategies that minimize risk and maximize efficiency. Contact us to learn more.
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