Why are growing businesses embracing managed IT support?

why growing businesses choose managed it support

You would be hard-pressed to find a company these days that doesn’t rely on some form of IT infrastructure.

Even a business of one would require, at a minimum, access to a smartphone, which can connect to a web browser, social media, email, contacts and relevant enough. Even then this is not enough.

Big businesses know that in order to stay relevant, competitive and successful they need to invest in their IT environment and its management. They will have entire teams dedicated to the smooth and efficient running of the overall IT infrastructure and continued maintenance and development.

As a growing business, how do you compete with this level of management and investment? As a business owner, you may understand the critical role IT plays in the running and the growth of your organisation, but you may not have the resources or the time to dedicate to hiring a complete internal IT team.

Even for growing businesses with a dedicated IT person, it can be difficult to cover all of the bases. What happens to IT when that person goes on annual leave or is off sick? How do you prioritise everyday maintenance and IT development projects? What happens to the day-to-day tasks when a crisis hits?

This is where managed IT services come in. It basically involves outsourcing your IT requirements to a third party, who take responsibility for IT maintenance and support. This approach usually offers more competitive costs, but there are several other key reasons why growing businesses are choosing managed IT services.

The benefits of managed IT support

Ease of maintenance

Many growing businesses may only have one “IT person” who is responsible for all company requests and continual maintenance. Any IT crisis monopolises the attention of the IT person, leading to them potentially ignore other IT operations. This could cause significant problems for a growing business.


Data breaches, malware, and phishing attacks have all been on the rise in the last year, and the cost to growing businesses can be enormous. It is claimed that 52% of British businesses fell victim to a cyber-attack in 2016 and, as a result, lost £29.1bn.

Not only do cyber-attacks cause financial damage, but companies will also experience damage to their reputation – which can be fatal. A reputable managed services provider can take responsibility for establishing and maintaining security procedures and programs, ensuring all systems are patched and up to date, and that you have the necessary security measures in place e.g. anti-virus protection, firewalls, content filtering etc.


Technology changes at an incredible pace and it can be difficult to keep up with when you have many other demands on your time. Ignoring technology innovations could leave your business falling behind competitors, but how you can identify the latest fad from the technology you need without dedicating major time and effort to research.

A forward-thinking managed IT services provider will take care of all this for you. By getting to know you and your business they will be able to identify technology you truly can’t be without and present a clear business case as to invest.


With managed IT services there is a proactive approach to IT management. Hardware and systems are monitored and tested regularly to resolve any potential issues before they cause damage. Your IT support contract will include Service Level Agreements (SLAs). These set out guaranteed response times based on the priority level of the issue, and penalties for not meeting them.

Predictable IT costs

For many growing businesses the bottom line is everything. While many may assume that outsourcing is more expensive than keeping IT in-house, this is not always the case.

Many providers offer support contracts on a flat monthly fee, so you have a predictable cost that fits your budget. Of course, it’s important to check exactly what your IT support contract includes. Sometimes there can be sneaky additional costs, but on the whole, it’s likely you’ll reduce spending.


If you require, at least, computers, internet access and secure data storage then you should consider managed IT services. Meet with a few different managed service providers, explain your requirements and see what they can offer. No IT management is not an option. But bad IT management could make things even worse, so take your time with this decision.

The top 5 IT support problems for growing businesses and how to fix them

IT strategy - The top five IT problems in growing businesses

IT is critical for the day-to-day operations of the majority of businesses, and when used effectively it has the potential to drive dramatic growth. Though small businesses often do not have a large budget, there are areas of their IT management that can easily be improved – without the need to invest a lot of financial resources. Here are five common IT problems facing SMEs, and how to resolve them.

1. Migration and integration pain

New technologies do not always slot in well with older systems and applications, and this can result in duplicate data entry and other inefficiencies. If you don’t have the time, experience or resources to deal with more complex migrations then the IT project that was supposed to transform your business can end up being painful and time-consuming. Thorough planning before implementation and a migration strategy can help your business to avoid these issues. Alternatively reach out to a provider who specialises in zero downtime migrations, and who has the experience and dedicated resources to make the change as painless as possible.

2. Reactive approach

“If you’re proactive you focus on preparing. If you’re reactive you focus on repairing”. Systems need regular maintenance to ensure they run properly and securely. Without that issues can quickly turn into expensive and time-consuming emergencies. When there is a process for tracking issues, it allows IT teams or providers to analyse and identify trends. Upon further inspection of a trend, they may find that the issue is a symptom of a greater problem. Instead of solving the same recurring issue every time it crops up, take a proactive approach and find a solution to the root cause. This would make the issue go away for good, and allow your business to be more productive – instead of firefighting problems.

3. Business strategy and IT strategy disconnect

Business leaders are often disconnected from IT and can fail to see how technology fits into the bigger picture. Others can go even further. Viewing IT simply as a necessary evil that demands spend without delivering any real value. If your business views IT in this unfavourable light then you are missing out on a world of potential, likely making it harder to achieve your goals. If you’re planning on doubling the size of your business in the next three years but don’t inform IT, how will you ensure you have the infrastructure, systems and processes in place to support that growth, in that timeframe. When IT and business strategy are truly aligned, and working in partnership, a business can scale without limits.

4. Increasing security risks

This not just an issue for SMEs, but the number of cyber-attacks on growing businesses is rising. SMEs are often more at risk simply because they don’t believe they are a target for a cyber-criminal. Communications, customer information and HR records are all of interest to hackers, as they can exploit them for financial gain. The reputational damage a successful breach causes is enough to severely weaken – and in some cases permanently destroy – even the strongest of brands.

Of course, there’s a number of security solutions to consider. But in order to truly mitigate the risks, you need to think beyond technology. Staff training is one of the most valuable investments a small business can make. Your people are your first line of defence. If they can spot the signs of attack, they can be an effective barrier against cyber-criminals.

You should also look at undertaking certifications such as Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus. If you’re really serious about security, you should look at ISO 27001 accreditation. These certifications will ensure your business has the appropriate security measures in place and demonstrate to customers that you take cyber-security seriously.

5. Keeping up with change & innovation

The pace of change in the IT sector is incredibly fast. It seems that every day there is a new solution that will transform your business. Not only do you need to keep up with all the changes, but you also need to be able to spot the necessities among the gimmicks.

Ideally, you need to have someone in a management role who deals directly with IT advancement and works consistently with other departments to ensure seamless integration. However this can be a challenge for small businesses who lack resources, so another alternative is to work with an IT support provider who have the resources, expertise to keep up with technological change and who can advise you on making the right investments. A quality IT support provider will make recommendations backed by a clear business case. Not just use a new release as a sales opportunity.

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