Managed services in Milwaukee are generally going to come in one of two varieties: break-fix support and flat-rate (or flat fee) support. With the latter option, you’re going to pay a monthly or annual fee, which is usually going to stay the same. Your budget for IT will be continuously predictable. With break-fix support, you pay a small cost for an MSP to hook you up with a vendor when an issue arises.
Now, if you’re a small business, the break-fix solution can be effective, but you’ve got to be really small. That is to say, under a handful of employees at a single location. The reason this can work in such a situation is because a “micro” business can maintain technology internally without technical acumen. Take, for example, a taco stand. You may only need a single laptop. Provided you stay on top of it, you should be able to fix most problems yourself and only need support in the absolute worst-case scenario. In virtually any other case, though, you’re going to lose money with break-fix. Instead of proactive monitoring that maintains tech automatically, you’re only going to know you need service when the machine breaks down.
Changing Your Computer’s “Oil”
A popular analogy is the oil change. If you never change the oil in your car, it will run for tens of thousands of miles, but eventually, the engine will seize up and your car will be totaled. Meanwhile, if you change it every 3,000 to 7,000 miles (depending on the vehicle), you can keep the engine operable for hundreds of thousands of miles. Well, your computer needs patches, upgrades, and regular backups. Additionally, you’re going to have to replace equipment every three to five years.
With flat-rate managed services in Milwaukee, you can maximize equipment investment. Additionally, you can remain abreast of cutting-edge development in terms of physical equipment and data management trends. The right MSP can even help you outsource internal operating systems to the cloud, allowing you to experience the same utility in terms of computational ability, but at a fraction of the cost.
Increasing Competitive Edge
To distill all this information down: flat-rate support is a subscription for continuous maintenance that you can file and “forget” about. You don’t truly forget about it, but it doesn’t require concerted effort to maintain. Break-fix services just hook you up with a vendor middle-man. The MSP just sends you to a vendor when issues arise. You might as well just look up some vendors yourself and contact them when the “engine” of your “server” seizes up due to poor maintenance.
All this leads to making you more competitive. You’re naturally going to be more competitive with flat-rate services, since you’ll always be at the top of your game. With break-fix services, you lose your operational edge.
Securing Flat-Rate Services
Managed services in Milwaukee through Technology Resource Advisors, Inc. can help you secure the kind of flat-rate services that are known to be most effective. Contact us for continuous monitoring and support solutions, as well as the latest in cutting-edge technology. We can help you remain competitive, relevant and sound in terms of resources and infrastructure.