I’d like to talk to you about how you as a small or medium business or a not-for-profit organization can increase your business competitiveness.
Most of us when we get to the stage that we’ve started a new business and we now get to the point we’re employing 5-6 people, we look for an office to go into, and we’ve got an IT person that is happy to do that role, we suddenly realize that we’ve got 5-6 different platforms that we’re using.
You might have someone on who only likes Apple, or someone who only wants to use Windows 7 or Windows 8. Or we haven’t gotten around to buying a server. Do we go to a server? Do we go to a cloud? That type of environment, and those types of questions are really important for a small business going forward.
Now, if you didn’t know the correct questions to ask, then what you get out of the answers is not going to help you very much. And this is where a managed service provider really comes into the game.
Because they will sit down with your small- to medium-sized business and they will do a business and risk analysis on your business to find out where you want to go, how you want to get there, and then they will find the technology that suits your business.
If you’ve got 9 people in your office and 8 of them are on the road at all times, then you are going to need some way for them to connect and work together. And that connecting and working together is very critical to your business, because that’s the business model you’re using.
So from a small business perspective, when you’re talking to a managed service provider, you can sit there and go, this is what I want to do. This is where we are. I want to add another 5 staff by the end of the year.
I want to look at outsourcing some of my components. Where are you going to outsource them to? What components are you going to outsource? That whole plan is what a managed service provider will help you do.
So if you want to increase your business competitiveness, then talk to an MSP. An MSP will actually sit there and talk to you about how you can take your business forward and what you can do to make it more competitive.
In most cases, and most MSPs that I know, if you give them a ring and say, “we need to have someone come out and have a talk to us,” they will quite happily come out and talk to you. And most of the advice they give will be free advice.
So how to increase your business competitiveness? Talk to an MSP. Thank you very much!