Is Managed Services right for you?

Managed services is a popular trend within the computer support industry but not all
companies benefit. Have MicroTech Systems review your computer support agreement
to determine if it's right for your business. Call us today at (248) 391-9470.

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Is your computer support company pushing you into something called "managed services?"

Generally speaking, managed services is a system where you pay a computer support company so much per month, per desktop PC, per server for support and certain proactive services. You need to carefully review what services are included and what restrictions are stipulated. If you are overwhelmed and would like a company experienced with the technical aspects of these agreements to review the agreement you are being offered you may contact MicroTech for a quote on reviewing your agreement. Typically it requires 1-2 hours per agreement for the review and to provide you a written summary of the strengths and weakness of the agreements.

If your computers run just fine without a managed services agreement, it may not be right for you. Although you'll get a lot of pressure to move away from what the managed services industry calls "break-fix", that does not mean managed services is right for your business. The "break-fix" model has worked well for years. With computer equipment dropping in price and becoming a commodity, it may be more cost effective to replace a failed computer than to repair it or pay hefty monthly services charges. You may also get pressure from your computer support company telling you that the only way you can get priority service when you have problems is by accepting their managed services agreement. Whenever you start receiving that type of pressure on any offer, it may be time to look for a new vendor.

ContractManaged services is a popular trend within the computer support industry because it allows them to have better control over their costs. Computer support companies like managed services because they get paid no matter what. This does,however, incentivize your computer support vendor to set-up a solid dependable network for your business. But weren't they supposed to do that in the first place?

You may also wish to consider a hybrid approach where you simply buy a block of time or a regularly schedule visit from your computer vendor on a regular basis to come in and make sure your network is working properly. You can also maintain a list of small computer problems that arise during the month for them to resolve during the visit. This keeps you out of the expensive managed services agreement, while gaining some of the benefits of proactive maintenance with some monitoring.

If your business is located in the midwest, we can directly assist you with your computer needs and problems. For everyone else we hope this common sense information is useful whether you choose to adopt the managed service model or not.