Do Managed Services Benefit Small Businesses?

Posted by Sean Kline on Fri, Jan 09, 2015 @ 02:09 PM

As in most thing, the answer to the question "do managed services benefit small businesses?"  is "it depends."  As unsatisfying as that response may be because of our seemingly inherent desire to drive things to black and white statements, some benefit and some do not.

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Topics: Utilizing Technology in Business, Managed IT Services, IT Strategy, IT Managed Services, Small Business IT Resources, IT best practices, small business it support, small business IT infrastructure, small business solutions

Computer Services - Are They a Commodity?

Posted by Sean Kline on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 @ 08:39 AM

I meet with presidents, CEOs and owners of small businesses every week to discuss what computer services they are using (whether internal or external), what it costs them and the results they are seeing.

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Topics: IT Managed Services

Small Business Computer Services Pain Points - Research Results

Posted by Sean Kline on Thu, Oct 03, 2013 @ 02:28 PM

Over the last two years, we have conducted a study of small business computer services pain points.  We interviewed 110 companies ranging from 20 to 100 employees.  Representative interviewees included owners, CEOs, presidents, partners, general managers, CFOs, controllers and similar leadership positions.  The pain points represent those most affecting business outcomes as reported by the interviewee.  Verticals were wide ranging with everything from biotechnology to services organizations to manufacturing and technology.

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Topics: IT Managed Services, small business it support

Small Business IT Solutions: The Fundamental Flaw of an SLA

Posted by Sean Kline on Tue, Sep 18, 2012 @ 07:49 AM

Leading IT managed service providers are proactive solutions providers who partner with your business to implement IT best practices as a function of meeting your business goals. What sets leading IT managed service providers apart is their ability to be more than ingredient providers. Ingredient providers offer a specific component to meet a particular need often in a reactive manner. They may focus on fixing problems as they arise, akin to functioning as a fire fighter armed with nothing more than a fire extinguisher. Leading IT managed service providers operate under the assumption that IT is a tool leveraged by the business to meet its goals. Rather than waiting for a fire, they install a sprinkler system overhead to minimize any potential issues in the form of IT best practices.

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Topics: IT Managed Services, Small Business IT Resources, small business it support, small business IT infrastructure

Improve Small Business IT Infrastructure to Reduce Downtime

Posted by Sean Kline on Sat, Jun 23, 2012 @ 03:26 PM

How many business owners are familiar with the intricacies of small business IT infrastructure? Many business owners understand the results they want, but they don't have the time to properly analyze their IT infrastructure. They set their focus on business growth and relationship development, often ignoring the risks associated with having poor IT services.

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Topics: IT Managed Services, Small Business IT Resources, small business it support, small business IT infrastructure

The Benefits of IT Managed Services

Posted by Sean Kline on Fri, Jun 08, 2012 @ 12:44 PM

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Topics: Managed IT Services, IT Managed Services, IT best practices, small business it support

Don't Settle for IT Management Status Quo

Posted by Sean Kline on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 @ 10:44 AM

Poor IT management can cost a company far more than the physical cost of maintaining IT services. It can impact and affect several areas of the company from payroll to human resources.  I have been working in IT for many years and have seen the IT business structure become reliant on reactive, instead of proactive, solutions. These are certainly not my ideas alone, but I have seen enough to believe that the problem is wide spread throughout many businesses.

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Topics: IT Managed Services, Small Business IT Resources, virtual CIO, IT Management

IT Managed Services: The Pursuit of Excellence

Posted by Sean Kline on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 @ 09:38 AM

What makes one IT managed services company stand out from the other 186,000 IT managed services companies?

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Topics: IT Managed Services, Small Business IT Resources, IT services guide

An IT Services Guide Can Help - It Can Get Murky in the Cloud

Posted by Sean Kline on Sat, Feb 18, 2012 @ 07:42 AM

I was talking to a business owner the other day who asked me “If I’m in the cloud, what do I need IT services for?” Inwardly, I groaned, because this is a question I’m hearing more often these days – and it represents a misunderstanding about the ‘magic’ of cloud services. The cloud is powerful, and has the ability to save companies thousands of dollars on things like the upkeep of a data center, but ultimately it’s just another deployment model. A deployment model with its own set of challenges, risks and questions that need answering.

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Topics: Managed IT Services, IT Strategy, IT Managed Services, IT best practices, virtual CIO, cloud services, IT services guide

Small Business IT Support - Four Things To Consider

Posted by Sean Kline on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 @ 02:12 PM

Small business IT support is typically an afterthought for most owners and/or executives of organizations with under fifty employees.  In some cases the owner is involved in support herself.  In others, a key employee has this responsibility in addition to another important role.  Occassionally, there is a dedicated employee for this activity, but at this size, it is usually hard to justify.  In most cases, the company avails itself of a reactive break-fix IT services company.  The problem is that reactive support yields sub-optimal results.

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Topics: IT Managed Services, Small Business IT Resources

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