MIAMI, FL – December 2020 – A common theme among many small to mid-sized companies is their inability to micro-manage their network. These organizations are typically understaffed and lack the sufficient skill level, technological capacity, or resources to manage information technology and keep their network operating in a fully optimized state.
Running an efficient network is not easy, especially with the convergence of voice and data. Too often, companies are caught up in day-to-day operations that mission-critical network maintenance and security management get overlooked. In today’s fast-paced business environment, the need of managed IT services becomes paramount. There are too many threats and other issues that plague network integrity and performance. So, what are companies supposed to do? One answer is to outsource the management of their IT services to a qualified partner that specializes in IT consulting.
Essentially, managed network services are designed to assist companies in maintaining and supporting their network and cloud storage infrastructure. Types of services may include remote network monitoring and reporting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, firewall monitoring, intrusion detection, patch assessment and vulnerability scanning, preventative tasks, disaster recovery, data backup, and regular performance analysis. The strategic process was developed to give a 360-degree view of the network and information systems at all times to ensure optimal use. As we all know, the network is the backbone of a business, and if it’s not managed correctly, employee productivity and profitability rapidly decline.
Therefore, outsourcing a company’s network has a number of unique benefits. First and foremost, IT experts in the field analyze the network to develop a complete game plan. Modeling and simulation tools assess current network traffic and evaluate the performance of desired enhancements and upgrades to determine the most appropriate solution before implementation. The end result is a custom-designed managed information system that supports future growth and change through flexible and scalable network environments.
Above and beyond the installation, testing, and training phases, the provider will remotely monitor the network from their Network Operations Center (NOC). The NOC provides advanced network control, managed information system, and help desk operations to ensure optimal performance on a daily basis. This is a critical component because a network is so susceptible to change every day. For instance, at one company, two employees uploaded webcam software onto the network, so they could watch their children at daycare. The live video stream shut down the entire network and bandwidth; managing IT services became a challenge for the day. Remote monitoring would have proactively identified the problem as well as the appliance causing the issue.
Your business communications provider should also couple their managed services offering with the new manner in which technology is being purchased. Barlop offers essential leasing options for new equipment and applications, eliminating two of technology’s greatest risks – obsolescence and price. Barlop’s Managed IT Programs ensure that the solutions under managed services are refreshed every 2-5 years with the latest technology, thereby eliminating obsolescence. Updates to a company’s voice and managed information system can occur anytime after 24 months with no change in their monthly payment. In addition, both labor charges and software upgrades are waived. Companies can transfer technology costs from a capital expense to a fixed monthly expense absorbed by an organization’s operating budget. This helps the financial health from both tax and budgeting standpoints.
Managed information technology gives small to mid-sized companies the ability to focus on their business while feeling comfortable knowing that their network is being managed by IT experts from Barlop’s highly skilled team of IT consultants focused on efficiency and productivity. Our strategic process is a relief for IT managers with understaffed departments. Our services also eliminate the stress normally associated with IT for owners and enable them to work on growing their business and not just managing IT services. So if your business communications provider doesn’t offer managed services that eliminate the two greatest risks associated with technology – stop what you’re doing and immediately re-evaluate your impending relationship.