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Choosing a managed services provider: Proactive vs. Reactive services

Posted by Hannah Manning Mon, Jul 31, 2017

In our first post about choosing a managed services provider (MSP), we spoke about one of the major differences between several providers and suggested that you formulate a list of questions that will guide you through the selection process.

We also discussed, briefly, two business models that dominate the MSP field: reactive and proactive services.

While these two models do accomplish a common goal in helping a company with their IT needs, there is a world of difference between the two.

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Topics: Managed Services, IT Services, BostonIT

Choosing a managed services provider: Money matters

Posted by Hannah Manning Wed, Jul 26, 2017

It’s hard to know which managed services provider (MSP) is best for your company when the pool to choose from is really more like an ocean.

If you find yourself, say, stranded on a flimsy raft in the middle of said ocean you may feel a considerable amount of confusion and even fatigue over how these MSPs are different from each other.

Sure, no wave in an ocean is the exact same as another – but they all look alike and they all do the same thing. Right?

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Topics: Managed Services, IT Services, BostonIT

5 reasons SMBs go with IT Managed Services

Posted by Cathie Briggette Fri, Feb 03, 2017

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Topics: Managed Services

What is an IT Managed Services Provider

Posted by Cathie Briggette Fri, Jan 13, 2017

There are quite a few definitions of what a managed IT service provider does, but the best one is:   a company that is the proactive manager that maintains & monitors an organization's IT systems on a regular basis while having the expertise to do so. The company here is known as Managed IT Service Provider or MSP. This company charges a monthly fee to handle these tasks at an Organization.

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Topics: Managed Services, Help Desk, Tech Fixes, IT Services

The 8 layers of cyber security needed to protect your business

Posted by Cathie Briggette Tue, Oct 25, 2016

An Interview with Ahmed Fadili at NSK Inc

As a company that is dedicated to supporting our client's technology needs, obviously cyber security is a big part of this support.  In an interview with Ahmed Fadili, Vice President of IT Managed Services, Ahmed discusses what NSK does for our clients to keep them safe, cyber security wise.

Question:  Do clients come to us regarding their security, or are we the ones that are bringing it to the forefront of their business? 

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, Managed Services, Tech Fixes, IT Services, cybersecurity

In-house IT vs. Outsourced IT.

Posted by Molly Abrahamson Wed, Sep 21, 2016

outsourcinginhouseDoes it make sense to outsource your IT?

There’s no single right answer to these questions. A great deal depends on the following:

1. Can your in-house team do the job well?

2. Can someone else do the job better?

3. If the answer to 2 is “yes,” will the difference be enough to cover the cost of their services less your internal management savings?

As your company matures, the level of complexity necessary to optimize for size and efficiency has grown beyond all but a handful of the very best in-house network administrators.
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Topics: Managed Services

Top 5 Reasons SMBs Outsource IT

Posted by Cathie Briggette Mon, Sep 19, 2016

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Topics: Managed Services

Outsourcing IT without Disrupting Business Continuity

Posted by Cathie Briggette Thu, Sep 15, 2016

Given the huge importance of technology, IT management is the cornerstone of any modern business, but not every organization possesses the resources to develop an in-house IT solution that caters to their business needs.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, 201CMR17.00, Managed Services

Choosing the Right IT Services Firm in Boston

Posted by Cathie Briggette Wed, Sep 14, 2016

5 Reasons to Outsource IT Managed Services Technology departments are typically controlled with great precision within large companies. For small to medium size businesses (SMBs) this precision is sometimes overlooked because the owners or directors don’t have the necessary resources or training required to make quality technology decisions. Most small business cannot afford to hire a full time IT person, but this doesn’t mean they can’t afford quality IT Services Support.

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Topics: Managed Services

Top 4 Reasons Why SMBs Choose Office 365 over Google Apps for Work

Posted by Cathie Briggette Wed, Sep 07, 2016

Written by the folks over at Microsoft

Independent professionals and small and midsize businesses have to do more with less. It is about staying close to your customers, focusing on your business differentiators, and being more agile than competitors. Office 365 can help your business achieve these goals with low upfront costs, rich features, a familiar Microsoft® Office experience, and a financially-backed guarantee of 99.9 percent uptime. It brings together online versions of our most trusted communication and collaboration products with familiar Microsoft Office productivity software for businesses of all sizes. Users get an excellent productivity experience across PC, phone, and browser for the way they work today—and the way they will work in the future. Our commitment to innovation means that with Office 365 for business plans you’ll get the latest features and developments as they’re released, along with new capabilities that further inspire and empower your users, such as Delve,

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Topics: Microsoft, Managed Services