As companies continue running more core business functions digitally, having the best IT solutions is a necessity. While many companies have an internal IT department, it may not be enough to keep up with demand. That’s why companies turn to managed service providers to fix these issues. But there’s more than one way to help a struggling IT department.   

Managed Services vs. Co-Managed Services 

When it comes to managing IT, businesses generally have three options. The first option is to hire an internal team to take care of your company’s tech needs. The second option is to outsource all IT needs to a managed service provider (MSP). The third option is to hire an MSP to deliver co-managed services that supplement your internal team.  

Managed IT services and co-managed IT services have many similarities, but the main difference is ownership. Outsourcing the entire IT department may be an excellent option for companies that don’t have the time or resources to do it themselves. However, if your business already has an internal team but needs help with larger projects or extra busy times, then co-managed services may be a happy medium.   

Reasons to Choose Co-Managed Services  

Co-managed solutions give you the opportunity to take the lead on your IT while getting additional support when you need it. Managed services have become so popular that the global market is expected to grow from $155.91 billion in 2017 to $296.38 billion by 2023, according to the Global Managed Services Industry 2019 Market Research Report. Here are some reasons to choose co-managed services as your solution.   

Bring in Reinforcements  

Any IT department can get overwhelmed. It’s common for businesses to solve for this by hiring more IT staff. However, hiring more people can be a short-sighted solution if the issue is a seasonal blip instead of an ongoing problem. With co-managed solutions, you only pay for the services you need, and you can have your MSP handle routine tasks or provide additional support.   

Outsource Bigger Projects  

If you have a small IT staff, juggling annual and quarterly projects on top of managing day-to-day duties can be difficult. Co-managed service providers have experienced IT professionals offering a broad range of services. These specialists can serve as project managers or take over to complete entire projects. That way, your internal team can focus on what they do best.   

Support Secondary Locations 

As businesses expand, new offices will need IT support. However, it may not be feasible to staff an internal IT professional at each remote location. With co-managed services, you can remotely access the networks at secondary locations to perform maintenance without an onsite visit.   

Reduce Onboarding   

One of the biggest problems with hiring new staff members is the cost of overhead. The company is responsible for paying salaries, benefits, bonuses and training the new employees. Plus, it’s going to take time getting the new guy up to speed. With co-managed services, you’ll get an experienced IT professional who can jump in right away, minimizing downtime.  

How StoredTech Can Help   

If your company needs help with its IT but is not ready to invest in a bigger internal department, then it’s time to consider co-managed services. However, not all service providers are created equally. You need a partner that’s invested in seeing your business grow. At StoredTech, we’ll help your internal IT department by providing the support and expertise it needs to reach new heights. Contact us today to find the co-managed solution that’s right for your business.