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Pros and Cons to working with a Managed IT Service Provider – An Objective Look

Interested in the idea of partnering with a Managed Service Provider, but don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered!

Here is our list of the pros and cons of your business working with a Managed Service
Provider. No misleading here: these are the honest advantages and disadvantages of working with an MSP,
written by a current MSP.


Pros:

  • Expertise. Replicating the resources and expertise you gain with an MSP would be very
    expensive. Often having a dedicated cybersecurity specialist, multiple network administrators,
    professional services team, provisioning team, and help desk.
  • The suite of tools they have access to are oftentimes specialized and expensive. Due to the
    economies of scale of the computers and networks they support, they can manage and monitor
    your network at a higher level than internal IT (usually) at a lower cost.
  • They have vast knowledge of technology at hundreds of different locations. They see what works
    and does not work in different settings. They are not “siloed” and can introduce you to new and
    better technology to improve your business operation.
  • Robust processes and documentation to ensure tickets are completely in a timely fashion. There is
    a mutual incentive to fix problems quickly and ensure service tickets are minimized, which requires
    doing things right the first time!
  • Allows scaling up and down easily. Pricing is often based on a per endpoint or per user. As you
    grow, your technology spending is easy to predict, rather than having to hire an additional IT team
    member that may not be working at full capacity or even close to it.

Cons:

  • You have access to the resources, but that amount of time you get is much less than if you had an
    internal team.
  • They will not know the ins and outs of your business specific applications or vendor nuances like an
    internal IT person could.
  • Massive variation in the quality and responsiveness of MSPs. It can be difficult to determine
    which MSP to choose. Support and pricing can vary greatly! To help more with this, check out (20
    questions to as a potential Managed IT Provider). The responses to these questions will tell you a lot
    and help you choose the right provider.
  • Employees don’t have contracts usually… Even if you’re unhappy with a provider. Oftentimes, there
    is a minimum of a one-year contract in place.
  • Less direct management of your IT systems – Your provider will likely have a standard set of
    tools they implement. If you or your internal IT prefer a different set of tools, there will often be a
    mishmash. This is rarely an issue because most organizations hire a Managed Service Provider, so
    they do not have to consider these things. However, in rare cases, if they do want to stray away from
    the recommendations, it could be considered a con for both parties.
    Read through our list and decide that working with a Managed Service Provider may be the right fit for
    your business? Still need a bit more convincing? Reach out today for a free consultation to identify your
    technology and goals!