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Frequently Asked Questions About Managed IT Services

1. What is a Managed IT Services Provider?

A managed services provider (MSP), is typically an information technology (IT) services provider, who manages and assumes responsibility for providing a defined set of services to their clients either proactively or as they (not the client) determine that the services are needed. Most MSPs bill an up front setup or transition fee and then an ongoing flat or near-fixed monthly fee, which benefits their clients by providing them with predictable IT support costs.


2. Is my company large enough for Managed IT Services?

For managed IT services to be of value, you should have at least 10 workstations / end users and at least 1 server.


3. Is my company too big for Managed IT Services?

It depends on your company's business model, number of locations, strategic initiatives etc. For companies under 200 end users, an MSP can be the total IT department (CIO, CTO, helpdesk, etc.). More than 200, we usually see businesses hire an in house technology executive, but still keep the helpdesk outsourced.


4. If I work in a regulated industry (e.g. healthcare or finance), is Managed IT Services acceptable for my business?

Yes. In fact, working with an MSP may be more beneficial than using in-house staff as most MPSs are already well versed in compliance and are generally required to carry professional liability insurance as a stipulation of their HIPAA/HTECH Business Agreement.


5. How does Managed IT Services compare to having an in-house IT technician(s) on staff?

Think about it. MSPs don't get sick, take vacations, require benefits, etc. MSPs also generally cost less than a full time employee.


6. Do Managed IT Service providers offer other services such as consulting and project management?

Most, if not all, MSPs will do anything that you would expect an in-house technician or network administrator to handle. Above and beyond day-to-day support this might include: server refresh projects, creation of an IT roadmap in alignment with your company's strategic objectives, procurement, complliance audits, etc.


7. Can Managed IT Services work with our in-house IT technician(s)?

Yes. The most common scenario we see if that in-house IT managers want to outsource some or all areas of support so they can focus on strategic objectives. Carceron can work alongside these employees to free up their time and resources so that can get back to focusing on what's important.