Your managed services provider (MSP) takes responsibility for monitoring and supporting your IT environment and handling day-to-day operational tasks. These activities help to increase the performance, availability and security of your systems, ensuring that end-users have access to the applications and data they need.
There’s often some hesitance when your non-profit considers outsourcing data services. Whether it’s cost concerns, time constraints or reluctance to trust an outside party with such a critical service, it’s understandable for your organization to consider all of your options before outsourcing. Giving your data services to a third party to manage, however, can be extremely beneficial and ultimately cost-effective for your organization in the long run. Here are some ways outsourcing your data services can help your non-profit.
Outsourcing your managed services or other critical processes to completing your mission can be a daunting task. You need to spend time, money, and energy looking for the firm that provides all the services you need and all that work detracts from your capacity to complete your nonprofit’s mission.
The idea of managed services is no longer a foreign one to most nonprofit organizations. Despite the fact managed service providers have been around for a long time, adoption and overall use and adoption has remained relatively low.
According to recent research from IT industry trade association CompTIA, that trend is starting to change as more organizations look to managed services providers for certain services.
According to a report that was published earlier late last year, only three out of 10 organizations have any of their IT services in the hands of a managed service provider. However, in CompTIA’s Fourth Annual Trends in Managed Services Study that was released in May 2015, 2/3 of all respondents reported using have at least some of their services of an outside IT firm.
These results could be a sign of a shifting paradigm, where organizations are becoming more familiar and comfortable with the idea of putting their IT in the hands of an IT firm.
As our organizations grow everything get s a little bit more complicated as new processes are implemented, people are hired and technology changes, layers are added to the onion. The same can be said for most large organizations’ IT staff and infrastructure, which subsequently leads to greater level of complexity and increase chances for an IT staff to miss something.