As a business owner, I’m sure you’ve reviewed
your business expenses… but have you ever gone through them and wondered just
what it was that you had spent your money on?
It’s an understandable feeling to have. The many different IT expenses
that show up on the standard invoice can add up quickly, and might inspire you
to reconsider how you’re investing them… besides, how much do you really need
an IT provider that you never seem to call?
Making Sense of Your Expenses
The answer to that question entirely depends
on whether or not you utilize an MSP (or managed service provider) for your
technology needs. This kind of provider handles your IT infrastructure by
providing maintenance and support for it, covering all of your technology for a
flat, recurring rate. As more businesses have the need for this kind of
comprehensive support, more have realized the benefits of this approach. After
all, there’s a lot of technology necessary in the day-to-day operations of any
business today, which all needs to be maintained somehow. Furthermore,
maintaining this technology proactively translates to fewer issues over time,
which is definitely an advantage.
However, as we say this, it is important to address that we don’t speak for every provider in the Greater Cincinnati area.
We follow the traditional flat-rate
per-line-item approach that many MSPs follow, something that your other options
may not do. Basically, if you receive a bill for some recurring service, you
most likely have a service agreement with that provider. Whether that agreement
inclusively covers a wide variety of needs, like proactive support, hardware
and software services, and many other business IT needs, depends on your
However, we’re getting off track. The crucial
point right now is whether you’re really getting the value for your investment
from your provider, and that this investment is providing you with IT that can
go the distance, and isn’t going to break down once you really get moving.
So, while you’re considering your expenses,
you need to look back at your experience with your IT provider. How often did
your team actually have to call in for remote support, or encounter some other
issue? This brings up an important point.
Understanding the Pareto
Assuming that you’ve experienced this before,
have you ever looked back at an expense and (almost morbidly) thought to
yourself how you almost wish that you had gotten some tangible return from it?
Almost that you had underwent some negative event to make the investment more
This isn’t that uncommon of a feeling, and
quality IT management can easily bring it about.
The Pareto Principle is precisely why this is.
Also known as the 80/20 rule, it surmises that 80 percent of results will
derive from 20 percent of effort. Have you ever heard the adage, “An ounce of
prevention is worth a pound of cure?” It’s the same concept with your
After all, doesn’t it just make more sense to
implement everything correctly when you first do it, keeping careful
documentation, and monitoring it so you can nip impending issues in the bud,
than it would to implement everything once--only touching it again when some
catastrophe slams your business into some serious trouble?
The monitoring here is key, as it allows
issues to be stopped before they become visible. In fact, you shouldn’t even
notice them unless your provider mentions them to you - and you can be sure
that they are there. This isn’t in reference to the Pareto Principle anymore…
this is just Murphy’s Law.
So, if your IT seems to be running without a
hitch, productivity is high, and security issues have actually been a
non-issue, your IT maintenance and management is doing its job. The fact that
you want some tangible return from it is only further evidence of its quality,
and how well it is actually protecting your business.
To learn more about what features that managed services can deliver, reach out to 859-746-1030. Our team would be happy to help you out with your questions, or in optimizing your technology through minimally invasive IT support!