Small Businesses Must Adapt to Thrive in a Post-Pandemic World — Here’s How Managed IT Can Help

In the “new normal” of our post-pandemic business environment, businesses are struggling with new customer demands and additional operational challenges. Experts predict most businesses can take five or more years to recover and with small businesses, that time frame is even longer. That means small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) will need to adapt and make some serious changes if they want to stay in the game.

Among other things, a shift to a remote or hybrid workplace has added new strains on already tight SMB budgets, requiring increased attention to bolstering lagging infrastructure and technology. But these elements can be easily managed, even for those businesses without an in-house IT department, when companies leverage the power of a third-party Managed IT partner.

Adapting a New Business Model Using Managed IT

Navigating the new normal will require a shift in operations and business processes for all businesses. The need for curbside pickup, adjusted ordering cycles, changes in supply chains, and the needs of a remote or hybrid workforce combine to encourage a refreshed business model that centers around adopting new technological processes.

The good news? Thirty-seven percent of SMBs are already outsourcing at least one process using the help of a Managed IT partner. Here is a quick look at some of the services that can help businesses grow without the financial burden of hiring extra staff or purchasing new infrastructure:

  1. Managed Infrastructure and Networks

Managed infrastructure and network services is the perfect way to expand your resources and connect remote or mobile employees using virtualization. These services will cover your server and the computers it connects as well as establishing a disaster recovery plan to protect data against theft and loss. Storage is included and typically scalable so it can expand easily as your business grows.

  1. Managed Cyber and Physical Security

Digital and physical security are combining to offer your enterprise an integrated solution to data, employee, and visitor safety. Your managed services provider (MSP) that offers these services can help you assess current vulnerabilities, design a security solution that covers all aspects of your business, and deploy and maintain your system, including access controls, cameras, remote monitoring, and more.

  1. Managed Print

Managed print services (MPS) provides clear visibility into your print spend, optimizes printer fleets, and automates supply replenishment to ensure your machines are always ready for business. Maintenance and troubleshooting as well as repair are typically included.

  1. Software-as-a-Services (SaaS) – Document Management

Your MSP will provide leading-edge document management software (DMS) that will help streamline workflows and improve efficiency by organizing, archiving, and storing documents digitally. Coupled with strong security protocols, a DMS will make it easier for staff to find, edit, and share documents in a secure manner.

  1. Managed Cloud Services

Cloud services such as data center hosting and cloud-based applications allow for faster, more efficient sharing and storage of important business data. Virtualization is simple in the cloud, and endpoint protection is inherent in many systems, allowing businesses to amplify security.

  1. Managed Wireless Services

Managed wireless services helps connect SMBs to the most cost-effective wireless solutions that provide not only speed, scalability, and utility, but superior threat detection for performance and protection.

Other managed services include Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Data Analytics, Communication services, and more — rounding out a hard-hitting suite of tools that allow SMBs to compete more easily with their enterprise-level industry competitors.

Choose Perry proTECH for Your Managed IT Needs

At Perry proTECH, we have been serving customers of all sizes and across all industries since 1965, giving us a unique perspective on the importance of partnership in encouraging business growth.

Our team of Managed IT experts have deep knowledge in their areas of expertise, including Managed Print, Cloud Services, Wireless and Security Services, Document Management, Network Management, and more. Plus, our SMB-centric focus allows us to more fully meet the needs of our small business customers with on-point assessments, competent tech strategies, and cost-effective plans to help your business thrive.

Choose a managed services partner that offers all the tech options you need to meet your business goals. Contact a Perry proTECH consultant and let our Managed IT experts help you design the right managed services program for your business.

2021-07-28T15:40:43-04:00August 23rd, 2021|
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