The Business Case for Managed Services

Jul 19, 2016 by Ryan Broome

We’re more than halfway through 2016, and there’s been no IT issues that your business has encountered, right? Everything has gone according to plan? If this is actually true: Congratulations! You’ve either successfully prepped for this year, or you’re just not in the know as it relates to potential IT issues. 

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For most of us, and most businesses, IT problems are a recurring sickness that never stops its spread of infection. Whether they be man-made disasters or technology incidents, we are consistently plagued with IT related issues. Perhaps the most life-threatening of these IT illnesses is security. A new year means new threats and challenges for business looking to protect their most valuable data and information. 

So what remedy do you need the most for a life-threatening illness to IT security?
What’s the one thing that’ll help you survive an attack on your IT systems?

It’s not hardware. It’s not an OS.

It’s money.

IT budgets are one of the biggest threats to the effectiveness, longevity, and overall functionality of your digital security, and according to a recent Spiceworks survey, IT pros recognize the inadequacy in their current IT security measures and necessary audits.

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With over 50% agreeing that their company doesn’t adequately invest in IT security, the sensible solution would be to invest more money into security precautions, right? It should come as no surprise that the most logical solution won’t be happening. In fact, IT budgets will barely increase from 2015 to 2016. While a portion of said budget means not buying new equipment or updating software, a sizeable chunk of not increasing IT budget comes from not increasing IT staff. Thanks again to a recent Spiceworks survey, more than half both NA (North-American) and EMEA (Europe, Middle-East, Africa) continents agree to not increase IT staff in 2016. 

Overall-Expected-IT-Staff-Change

With less money being spent and less engineers being hired, IT staff will have no choice but to “make-it-work” and get by on luck, and the sheer hope that no security threats arise. This overall approach is even more frightening to comprehend given that the average cost of a data breach, according to a recent IBM study, is now $3.8 million.

Less money. Less staff.
A bleak outlook for your business IT security.

Here’s the silver-lining. While funds and hands to fix problems are decreasing internally for companies, most plan to allocate more dollars to Managed Services projects. Additionally, companies are willing to invest the most toward IT services as it relates to Managed Services. For companies that are not looking to hire more IT staff in 2016, Managed Services will provide them with what they need. Especially if it means someone else can wake up at 3:00am and deal with a server issue. 

It’s another way of spending smart for companies that can’t spend big in 2016. More importantly, it’s a peace of mind to know that the security of their data and coveted company information is in hands of professionals, and not someone in the company who, we’ve all seen them, “knows about computers.”


  • http://www.spiceworks.com/marketing/state-of-it/report/#/about-spiceworks
  • http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cybersecurity-ibm-idUSKBN0OC0ZE20150527

 

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