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Why Managed IT Support Is Better Than In-House Support

Managed IT Support

Managed services is a sector that’s growing rapidly – according to a MarketsAndMarkets metric, managed services will grow from a global value of USD 223bn in 2020 to USD 329bn to 2025. This is clearly outsize growth, which indicates the growing popularity of outsourcing IT – for businesses large and small.

But why is managed IT embraced by so many companies around the world – and at such a scale? In this article we will look at some of the various benefits of managed IT services, showing why, when seeking IT support London companies often choose managed services.

We also cover some of the things you should watch out for when hiring managed IT services and point to a possible compromise that may fit companies that have unique IT requirements: augmenting in-house IT with managed services.

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5 Signs That Say It’s Time to Change Your IT Support Provider

Time to Change Your IT Support Provider

Organisations wouldn’t change their IT support provider if they can help it, thinking that putting up with the subpar quality of service is better than being left in chaos with the absence of tech support. After all, finding out that your managed services provider (MSP) is not as dependable as their service level agreement (SLA) would have you believe is something that you would rather not act on because changing providers could mean significant business disruption.

Still, staying in a disadvantageous partnership with an unprofessional service provider will do your business more harm than good in the long run. Whether it’s your MSP’s lack of concern for cybersecurity, slow response to reported issues, unwillingness or inability to adapt to your changing needs as a company — and everything else in between, these incompetencies are costing your business time, money, and opportunities.

But what shortcomings should you consider as ultimate deal breakers in IT support London or elsewhere? If you’re not quite sure whether it’s still worth waiting for your service provider to improve their service, here are 5 signs that will tell you that yes, your business deserves better quality IT support.

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In-house Vs. Outsourced IT Support: Which Works Better for You?

In-house Vs Outsourced IT Support

With the plethora of solutions available in the IT landscape and with more companies finding the need for them, IT support has become an integral part of every business organisation. Enterprise software has become more complex and having reliable technical support is one of the best ways to maximise these applications.

If you’re looking to have a dedicated IT resource team to deploy, secure, and manage your solutions, and generally, maintain a productive work environment for your company, then you’re on the right path. Now the only question that’s left to ask is: Should your organisation go for an in-house team or IT outsourcing? In this blog post, we explore the benefits and drawbacks of both options so you can then make an informed decision.

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The Challenges of BYOD and Why IT Support is Crucial

The Challenges of BYOD and Why IT Support is Crucial

A good percentage of companies in London and across the globe are already implementing a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy. This move has not only significantly lowered organisations’ investment in corporate devices but has also proven to be very convenient at this time when the current health crisis is propelling the rise of remote working arrangements.

It’s best to keep in mind, however, that the implementation of BYOD environments has their own set of pain points that should be seriously evaluated and addressed. To find the solution for these issues, the services of an IT support professional are vital.

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The Growing Demand For Remote Work and How To Meet It When It Comes To Your Organisation

Growing Demand For Remote Work

Advances in technology and the mindset shift of today’s generation of workers are causing businesses to rethink their approach to employee productivity. Add to that the challenges brought on by the current pandemic and you’ve got a workplace that is markedly different from what it was years ago. In this post, we discuss how remote work is changing the workplace, and what this means for your company.

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How To Choose The IT Support Company That Matches Your Appetite For Business

How To Choose The IT Support Company That Matches Your Appetite For Business

Growing businesses need IT support even more than established companies – after all, setting the right IT in place during a period of growth will help support growth and ensures that your business does not end up held back by creaky tech infrastructure.

But not all IT support companies are equally good at providing tech support to growth-hungry companies. In this article, we outline a few key points growing businesses should look out for when choosing an IT support partner.

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How to Deal With Software End-of-Life (EOL)

How to Deal With Software End-of-Life

Much as companies would like to use their devices and equipment for decades, sadly there’s an end for everything. Well not all perhaps, but at least for the programs and applications that are installed in workstations of organisations, the end may come sooner than anticipated. And enterprises must be prepared for this.

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Remote working is the future – can your business keep up?

Remote work is the future

We’re heading towards the end of the year and it’s becoming crystal-clear that remote working is going to be much more common in the medium and long term. The British Council for Offices suggests, for example, that most office workers do not think that they are going to return to the established pattern of five days in the office.

One novel aspect of the COVID emergency earlier this year was that many businesses were able to continue operating with relatively little disruption due to the wide range of accessible remote working tools on the market. However, facilitating remote working in an emergency is one thing: established, persistent remote working is another matter altogether.

In this article, we outline five key considerations to ensure that your staff can work remotely in a sustainable, competitive, and secure way.

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The Real Consequences of Poor IT Support

The Real Consequences of Poor IT Support

IT support services are a vital component of every organisation. Enterprises today operate in a tech-dominated landscape, and IT support is key to helping them efficiently run their operations. Its primary role is to provide help to businesses that produce, market, and use technology products from phones and computers to hardware and software. That’s about every business out there.

But in the same way that strong IT support can boost an organisation’s capabilities in so many aspects, ineffective support can also cause some grave consequences for the business. Results from a study conducted by UK-based IT services firm A&OA revealed just how important IT support London is to companies.

Four in ten businesses claimed to have lost sales due to the lack of IT support, while 38 percent of the surveyed organisations said that their service provider failed to offer suggestions for system improvements, leading to poor performance. Clearly, IT support in London and elsewhere in the globe has a huge impact on businesses.

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What's next for the established productivity leader – Office 365?

What's next for the established productivity leader – Office 365

Not that long ago, countless businesses were hotly debating whether to adopt Microsoft’s cloud productivity suite – Office 365 – thereby shifting their on-premise solutions to the cloud.

Today, cloud productivity suites are essentially the accepted route unless a business has very specific reasons to host its data locally – compliance or regulatory obstacles, for example. But Microsoft Office 365 is still a hot topic simply because the cloud productivity solution changes so rapidly.

It’s worth keeping an eye on what’s changed in Microsoft Office 365 because businesses can easily get caught out by features that are mothballed while missing out on new benefits. In this article, we take a look at the most recent updates to Office 365.

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