To make a comparison analogy, imagine a bank building a great structure, installing bulletproof safe, watching the assets 24-7, employing security specialists and security guards, protecting bank customers and their valuables… rather than just calling the police after they get robbed! In a nutshell, Managed Services is a planned, proactive model of support, and not a chaotic, reactive break-fix approach.
Small to Medium size businesses do not always have the luxury of having a full-time IT department that would take care of everything, soup to nuts. SMBs traditionally get tech support when something breaks and need fixing, a “break-fix model” (like calling the cops after being robbed). However, in the recent years this approach gave way to more proactive approach (keeping security up at all times to keep your business running).
Lets review 3 major differences between traditional break-fix and managed services:
1. Range of Services:
In a traditional reactive approach most often than not small business services rely on a “computer guy” whose services they think they can afford, and only when they need them. This limits the knowledge and experience level and diversity of the tech support to just one or few persons.
A proactive Managed Services model affords SMBs access to a fully staffed IT department, with computer engineers that have various lines of expertise and meaningful cumulative experience to tackle any tech support challenge, from setting up and monitoring the network, to planned maintenance and vendor management. MSPs are also partnering and working closely with multiple IT vendors, staying up-to-date on all things IT.
2. Service Model:
The Managed Service support approach is proactive rather than reactive.
In a traditional reactive approach many businesses setup their network, bring it to a functional (sometimes “good enough”) condition and then leave it be… until a crisis occurs. Companies that choose this path typically disregard their IT technology until a major issue impacts their mission-critical business operations. So, when something breaks, they call someone to fix it.
A proactive Managed Services model is about continuously and consistently performing the services to keep computer network systems operations at their best performance. Schedule, routine maintenance, timely patches, regular updates and system work are performed to keep the network – and business operations – running smoothly. Systems are monitored and issues are indicated, reported, and addressed most of the time prior to a major critical event. Some services may be performed remotely, and when needed, techs are dispatched to resolve the issues before the business operations are affected.
In the traditional reactive approach, the IT vendor makes their money when you are in trouble, charging an hourly, sometimes emergency rate to work on the problem.
Traditional IT vendors lose money when your computer network works, and make money when something breaks and needs fixing.
A proactive Managed Service model is 180° opposite. It is different because it is based on a performance guarantee, and Managed Services Provider charges you a flat fee for their continuous service.
MSPs lose money when something in your computer network breaks and needs fixing, and make money when everything works as it should be.
Managed Services are about preventing the problems and ensuring business continuity, rather than reacting to crisis in a break/fix mode that is often ineffective.