Big data, cloud technology, social media presence: these are some of the most recent buzzwords that corporate executives and industry leaders are trying to learn about and implement to stay at the tops of their respective fields. As a result, more and more companies are looking to turn to agile data centers with the means and technology to help them move forward, according to Forbes.
It’s not just traditional managed service providers (MSP) that companies need. As Wendy White, an executive for CenturyLink data services, put it, they need help:
“With know-how, strategy development, and just getting started,” White wrote. “A dedicated, agile MSP fully supports these requirements — with a strong platform and expertise capable of optimizing current business, while injecting the necessary flexibility to keep pace with innovation and any direction the business may take.”
She goes on to talk about the ways in which businesses need to embrace MSP not simply as a way to track contracted employees, but more as the general contractor of their company’s workflow renovations. In fact, roughly 90% of companies already employ contract workers because of their efficiency. They can do a lot of the general work themselves, but they can also help businesses find the right people and companies with new approaches and ways of doing things.
Information technology (IT) security is also one of the biggest concerns companies across the spectrum have. Unfortunately, the vast amount and advanced nature of such threats these days makes that a job that should be handled almost exclusively by experts.
The New Zealand technology site, ITbrief.co, also ran a piece recently relating to the question of managed service providers for IT. Jodie Korber is an expert in the field and works for the consulting firm Lanrex. She believes that while it is ultimately a case-by-case question, it’s best for companies to be proactive rather than reactive in nature.
“The trick is being able to see whether you are suffering while you’re ‘living inside’ your IT ecosystem,” Korber said. “Simply growing out of the designed system size (either with the number of users or locations), is one obvious pointer.”