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5 IT Services that Enable Efficient IT Support

IT Services

No modern enterprise today could survive without an IT support team—or for that matter, even a single IT professional could suffice for smaller operations. The reality is that technology has become such an integral part of every business operation that the lack of tech support would lead to significant problems within the organisation. From operational efficiency to innovation to security, IT support serves a crucial role in all these. In addition, a positive customer experience — ranked by 52% of consumers as a factor that could get them to do repeat business with the company, is largely driven by a reliable business support or help desk team.

Good IT support however, doesn’t just develop by chance. Organisations need to invest in people with the right technical skills and attitudes as well as the appropriate tech support tools. This combination ensures excellent customer service with the expertise needed to successfully resolve the diverse technical challenges faced by internal and external customers. Still, the foundation of great IT support doesn’t just lie in the human element; it's equally about leveraging the right mix of IT services.

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IT Support in the Cloud: Benefits and Considerations

IT Support in the Cloud

Cloud computing has emerged as a game-changing force in today’s world that is highly-dependent on technology. The cloud is redefining how organisations manage and deploy their infrastructure as well as how they deliver IT services. In this blog post, we look into the factors that have propelled this shift into cloud-based IT support, focusing on the numerous advantages that it brings to almost every type of enterprise and industry.

Scalability and cost-savings are only a few of its key benefits, but these two alone have made the cloud not just an just an option. For many, it has become the only feasible alternative for a profitable and competitive business model. Along with the upsides of cloud technology however, are also the critical factors to consider. This article explores all these factors too, so that enterprises are able to utilise the cloud’s full potential while ensuring that risks are minimised.

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5 Ways to Leverage SaaS Solutions to Enhance MSP Services

Leverage SaaS Solutions

As with all other industries, the Managed Services Provider (MSP) sector faces numerous challenges. Coming out of the pandemic, 64% of MSPs have managed to stay competitive, while the rest lagged behind. Still, there’s fierce competition and changing client expectations to deal with. That’s why MSPs need to come up with a framework that’s sustainable and cost-effective for both the customer and their business.

Given these demands, MSPs are driven to leverage the wide availability of tech solutions and automation tools. Using the ‘think cloud’ mantra, MSPs are using the various SaaS solutions out there to keep up with technology adoption, all while efficiently managing integrations, tools, people, and processes.

In this article, we'll explore 5 ways that MSPs can level up their services with SaaS solutions. We'll also put particular focus on how SaaS and automation can make IT support smoother so it contributes to the overall business operations. But first, let’s refresh our knowledge on cloud technologies.

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Cloud Computing and the Changing Role of IT Managed Services

Cloud computing and Managed IT Services

As one of the most groundbreaking technologies of our time, cloud computing has revolutionised the way people do business. The cloud’s many characteristics have allowed organisations to change the way they approach and provision IT infrastructure. But these benefits—flexibility, scalability, agility, and cost-effectiveness, among others, can only be realised if companies are able to recognise what the cloud offers and leverage these features.

In order to maximise the cloud’s features, businesses now turn to managed IT services for guidance. So just as enterprises have evolved because of cloud services, so have managed services providers (MSPs). In this blog post, we look into the ways that organisations have come to rely on cloud services, understand how the cloud is evolving, and explore the role of IT managed services in maximising opportunities provided by the cloud.

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5 Ways to Leverage AI and Cloud Services for Business

Leverage AI and Cloud

Among the key technologies pushing businesses forward today are artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud computing. The numbers back this up. AI, for instance, is projected to be a mind-boggling $407-billion dollar industry by 2027, growing at a projected compound annual growth rate of 37.3% from 2023 to 2030. Cloud services, in the meantime, continue their steady rise, with Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) forecast to show the highest end-user spending growth for this year.

The high adoption rates for these two industries are certainly not out of coincidence or sheer luck. Since cloud computing gained significant traction and became mainstream in the late 2000s, it has served as a huge driver of change in how organisations do business. The entry of artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms have only served to enhance the cloud’s adaptability and its capability to leverage data.

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Hybrid Cloud Management: How to Balance On-Premise and Cloud Infrastructure

Hybrid Cloud Management

Cloud adoption has been fast on the rise for years now. At least 94% of businesses are using cloud solutions to a certain extent, with the Flexera 2023 State of the Cloud Report revealing that more organisations are embracing multi-cloud and hybrid cloud strategies.

Going hybrid is a prudent strategy for many enterprises. The benefits of the cloud are well-documented, but keeping most data and some applications in an on-premise data centre is a security practice fitting for many companies. The ideal solution? A hybrid cloud that offers the best of both worlds.

In this blog post, we offer a clear definition of what a hybrid cloud is and its importance. We also explain the challenges that come with a hybrid environment, and discuss some important aspects to hybrid cloud management.

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Emerging Trends in Cloud Computing and How to Leverage Them

Cloud Trends

To say that cloud computing is a game changer is a gross understatement. It has transformed the way organisations consume technology, allowing businesses to acquire cost-effective resources on demand—from ‘access anywhere’ storage to virtualised computing hardware. Cloud solutions have also upended traditional workplace practices in favour of a distributed workforce and real-time online collaboration.

The cloud has indeed significantly impacted the way technology has evolved over the years but it isn’t quite done yet. Today’s revolutionary tech trends are largely driven by cloud computing and, with hardware and software procurement made faster, it’s easier for enterprises to deploy new cloud services and tools that can help with their business needs.

All that said, we discuss in this post what the latest trends and technologies in cloud computing are and how you as an organisation can leverage these for your business.

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9 Useful Tactics for Your Cloud Cost Optimisation Strategy

Cloud Optimisation Strategy

Now that most organisations are all caught up and aboard the cloud computing train, the focus has now shifted to discovering and unlocking the promised value of the cloud. While the cloud’s elasticity and agility have provided enterprise-grade IT infrastructure to smaller businesses without incurring heavy capital expenditures, it has also led to significant waste of resources and difficulty in controlling cloud spending.

A McKinsey Digital article reveals that a whopping 80% of companies find it challenging to manage cloud spend. Further, the Anodot 2022 State of Cloud Cost survey reports that 49% of businesses struggle with cloud costs. This scenario is certainly not what enterprises anticipated when they decided to embark on the cloud journey. Fortunately, there’s a sound approach to managing costs so you can maximise your cloud solutions; it’s called cloud cost optimisation.

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Why Cloud Cost Optimisation is Now a Necessity

Why Cloud Cost Optimisation is Now a Necessity

If your organisation has migrated to the cloud, then good for you. Depending on the extent of your utilisation of cloud solutions, you would have already saved your business valuable time, manpower, and money. As enterprises may discover at some point, however, there are also some challenges to embracing cloud computing. One of these is to understand exactly where your cloud spend is going. To avoid inefficiency and wastefulness, it’s important to use cloud resources in the right way by applying cloud cost optimisation.

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8 Tools That Can Enhance Remote Work Initiatives

Remote Work Tools

One of the few positive things to have come out of the COVID-19 pandemic is that it has helped organisations recognise that it’s possible to have employees work from home successfully. In fact, remote working may have brought on enough benefits for enterprises to consider making it a more permanent arrangement under the new normal.

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