MSP stands for Managed Service Provider.

More specifically, SquarePlanIT is an IT managed service provider. You may also see terms like IT consultant, IT support, outsourced IT, co-managed IT, or even “the IT guy”. Most of these terms are synonymous with an IT MSP.

Managing data and IT solutions in-house can be challenging and expensive.

That’s why many organizations turn to MSPs. IT is a core component of most businesses today. Some companies don’t have the resources to hire full-time, dedicated IT staff in house. Other companies have in-house IT, but either don’t have the capacity to support the entire organization effectively, or they don’t have in-house IT resources with all the skills needed to support ever expanding business initiatives.

But what exactly is an MSP? Simply put, this is a third-party company you can collaborate with to help manage parts of your business, such as your IT or cloud needs. SquarePlanIT operates as your outsourced IT department, meaning we’re a direct extension of your team. MSPs provide technology and expertise to boost your organization’s productivity and security. 

Working with an MSP can have tremendous benefits for your business. 

A lot of people think that IT is simply another business expense. Traditionally, that may have been the case, but this is no longer true for the modern IT department and forward thinking IT managed service providers. A good MSP can help you improve performance, business operations, and security while reducing overhead and increasing efficiency. One of our primary goals is to align technology with your business processes and goals.

Do you need to enable a 100% remote workforce? We can help you do that. Maybe you’re interested in a hybrid work model. We can help you do that too! But what about all of the separate systems you’re using to run your business today? We can help you connect and consolidate those various systems into a more integrated workflow through automation!

As a direct extension of your current in-house team, we work closely with you and your other vendors to manage all aspects of technology in your business – even things like phone systems, payment processors, internet service providers, and so much more. The best part? If you’re in need of a business service that we don’t offer directly, it’s highly likely that we can make an introduction with someone from our network of trusted partners. Need a CPA, revenue management firm, or maybe an architect? We can recommend one!

What about projects and strategic planning?

In addition to working closely with your team for day-to-day operations, a good MSP will provide guidance, planning and implementation for projects, even if the primary objective of the project isn’t focused on traditional core IT areas like computers, servers and networking. We like to take it even further: strategic planning. A good technology partner will help you in strategic planning to ensure your technology roadmap is aligned with your business goals and long term planning.

Choosing an IT partner doesn’t have to be a daunting task.

Choosing a technology provider isn’t always easy, and it can be a substantial commitment. It’s important to choose a provider who has a vested interest in your mutual success! Check out our guide on how to choose your next IT service provider.

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