Self-managing network services without a CIO is an incredibly challenging task. Staying on top of sophisticated network infrastructure taxes resources that could be utilized with greater efficiency for the core business.
For this reason, very few small businesses and startups purchase their own network infrastructure – they outsource to managed network services – but can larger businesses do the same?
Certainly, some are trying. Most organizations with 50 to 120 employees rely on network management services for at least some of their network functions.
However, increasing numbers of corporate executives are finding that total network management services can produce significant cost savings, increase business agility, and create up-to-date, scalable efficiencies in security and communication.
Making the Move to the Managed Network Services
The following three benefits are often the most important in any executive-level decision to move to managed network services. Further examination shows that they can be just as important to startups and small businesses as well as larger, more established companies.
1. Managed Network Services Generate Efficiencies
Businesses that need to cut costs can rely on outsourced network management to generate efficiencies that result in better usage of resources. By having key talent focus on mission-critical processes and core business competencies, you can eliminate inefficiency across the board – from the bottom of your hierarchy up to the board itself.
The main way these efficiencies translate into revenue is through scalability. With managed network services, global network service is available even for organizations that do not have global resources available internally. Furthermore, businesses free up resources that can be used to purchase specialized services that complement the core business – offering more to clients and customers without having to pay the fully loaded salary of a CIO.
2. Network Management Increases Business Agility
Outsourced network services are invisible to customers. All of your network services remain safely under your brand name allowing you to extend your range of business offerings without sacrificing quality or content.
Since managed network services enable you to extend your range of products and services on an as-needed basis, you are able to respond with agility to infrastructure needs. There is no reason to purchase additional equipment for limited or one-time tasks when you have access to them through your network management agreement.
3. Specialists Offer Cutting-Edge Security
According to Manta, 87 percent of small business owners feel that cybersecurity attacks are not a risk. One in three do not have firewalls, anti-virus software, or data encryption protocols in place to protect themselves from such attacks.
At the same time, cyber-attacks cost enterprises an estimated $7 million per breach in the United States – a figure of keen interest to small businesses and large-scale enterprises alike.
Network management companies have the resources on-hand to implement the most advanced cybersecurity protocols in the industry. By dedicating manpower and sophisticated toolsets to threat identification and mitigation, they are able to prevent cybercriminal activity from occurring.
Implementation Can Be Easy
Implementation is often the first obstacle that turns executive level decision-makers away from the idea of network management. However, integrating a managed network solution doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. Look to the terms in your service level (SLA) agreement and determine quality of service (QoS) parameters that you can rely on to support your business during transition and beyond.
Give us a call today and let’s discuss how Donnellon McCarthy Enterprises can help you implement managed network services.