Running a small business in Australia can be overwhelming, and it may feel hard to get an edge on the local competition, as well as large, corporate competitors that have the advantage of a larger budget and more advanced technology.
What’s the key? Managed IT services in Australia. Outsourcing IT to a managed service provider (MSP) is a great idea for small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) in Australia. Why? Read on, and see why managed IT services may be the best technology solution for your business.
1. Scale Your Team Up Or Down Quickly
As a small business owner, you probably know how hard it can be to predict the future and long-term success of your company, and hire the staff you need. During times of higher revenue and success, you may need more team members – but if things slow down, you could be forced to let staff go.
This is particularly true of IT staff, who may be needed for a large project, but then have less to do after it’s been completed. But thanks to outsourced IT services from a managed service provider, you can easily scale your team up and down quickly – without the hassle of hiring new employees or being forced to let them go.
2. Save Money On Hiring New IT Staff
Managed services are very cost-effective. Rather than paying to recruit, hire, train, and employ full-time in-house IT staff members – which can be prohibitively expensive – you simply pay a fixed monthly rate for your IT team through an MSP.
This makes it easier for you to plan for your future expenses, and get the technical help you need without breaking the bank. Not only that, but you’ll get access to the latest technology and expert technical help for a reasonable price, thanks to economies of scale.
3. Focus On Your Business, Not Technical Issues
It’s hard for your business to run smoothly if you’re always worried about a potential problem with your servers, computers, networking, and other IT systems.
But if you don’t have full-time IT staff members, you may not be able to take a proactive approach to preventing technical issues – and you may have to spend a lot of time resolving simple problems with your IT systems.
With managed services, though, you can stop spending time on these minor problems, focus on running your business, and bring in more customers and more revenue – without always worrying about technical issues.
4. Ensure Proper Data Backups And Maximum Uptime For IT Systems
A disaster recovery plan (DRP) and data backup and recovery plan are essential for your small business, and for peace of mind. You need to stay up to date with data backups and ensure you have a plan to handle an IT disaster or natural disaster – otherwise your business could be at risk. Yet about 75% of small businesses do not have any kind of DRP in place.
With managed IT services, you can ensure that your backups stay up to date, and that you get peace of mind, knowing that you have a plan to recover from unexpected equipment failure or a natural disaster that affects your IT systems.
5. Secure Your Network & Data From Unauthorized Access
The average cost of a data breach in Australia is $2.13 million. Though this number would likely be lower for a small business compared to a large corporation, recovering from a data breach can be a complex, costly, and difficult process – and if you lose sensitive data, you could expose yourself to litigation.
That’s why network security is so important in small businesses – and managed IT services can help. With outsourced network security services, your MSP can monitor your network proactively for unauthorized access, perform regular security testing, and patch software and firmware to seal up known security vulnerabilities.
Interested In The Benefits Of Managed IT Services? Contact Technetics Consulting Today!
At Technetics Consulting, we specialise in managed IT services in Melbourne and throughout the rest of Australia – and we’ve served dozens of Australian small business owners. If you need help with your IT systems but are interested in alternatives to hiring dedicated IT staff, we’re here to help. Contact us online or give us a call at 1300 853 453 to get started.