Redwoods, Ants, and Teamwork: Leveraging MSPs to Achieve Business Goals
Did you know that redwoods stand together during storms, strong winds, lightning strikes, and earthquakes? Their roots aren’t as deep as you might think. They only go between eight and ten feet, but redwood roots spread out laterally and interlock with the root systems of surrounding trees. That has given them the strength to stand tall and strong for hundreds of years and endure the harsh adversities of life on planet Earth.
Consider the ants, too: the ultimate example of teamwork. Researchers have found that ants organize into intricate formations under supervision of leaders to carry heavy objects, such as a Cheerio. Ants can carry between 10-50 times their bodyweight.
How do redwoods, ants, and teamwork fit into IT? Technology has never been more important to business. Whether you’re in finance, healthcare, manufacturing, education, or another industry, business leaders depend on IT to drive innovation – be an enabler to accelerate time to market, generate new revenue streams, and create differentiated customer experiences. Our life and our work are powered by technology. It’s in our pockets, our cars, our everywhere.
But many IT staffs find it challenging to keep up with day-to-day operations as they also try to find time to innovate. Mid-size and even small enterprise IT organizations lack resources and people. Even as engineering resources shrink expectations to create a stronger focus on business innovation rise. How do you keep infrastructure operating at optimum performance and secure the enterprise from internal and external threats, all while trying to free up resources to accelerate key internal initiatives? The result is often elongated time lines for the execution of key projects, and operational tasks and responsibilities getting pushed to the backburner. Over the long run this situation can lead to resources getting burned out, poor project planning, and outages causing disruptive downtime.
Back to ants for a short second. I mentioned earlier the fact that ants will carry up to 50x their own weight. Imagine, for a second, what you could accomplish with 50 engineers.
That’s where Managed Services Providers come in. CIOs are increasingly looking to MSPs as partners – offloading operational tasks while freeing up existing IT staff to focus on strategic projects. The role of MSPs within organizations has evolved over the years. Cost savings were once the primary benefit of using managed services, but now cost savings are just table stakes. In a recent survey, 56% of companies consider improving the efficiency and reliability of IT operations as a major factor for going with an MSP. Other benefits include revenue generation, business continuity, improved response time to IT problems, greater productivity, greater control over the environment, and predictability.
Aspire Managed Services leverage VIGILENSTM, a unique platform combining intellectual property, proven methodologies and leading technologies, to ensure the performance, availability and security of your infrastructure and business-critical assets. As an extension of your staff, we concentrate on simplifying the maintenance, monitoring, and optimization of your IT infrastructure, in addition to enabling business innovation for you, and helping you develop greater focus on Digital Transformation.
The VIGILENS platform makes managed services an integrated strategic asset for your organization. We offer a full suite of services that address the most critical aspects of your IT infrastructure:
- Comprehensive Infrastructure Management
- Security Management
- Lifecycle Services-Vendor Contract Management
- Managed Cloud Services
- Managed Collaboration Services
VIGILENS enables us to provide monitoring, management, managed risk, and peace-of-mind for you and your organization. This will allow you to leave work at night with the secure knowledge that your environment is in capable hands. Our expert team of engineers will share your knowledge of the environment and be poised to respond if the need arises. No more crisis calls in the middle of the night because of a breach or other calamity.
Managed Services will help your company advance the key objectives and goals by creating a stronger focus on business innovation while freeing resources for acceleration of internal projects. In the coming weeks, we’ll take a closer look at the benefits managed services can present to your organization and the VIGILENS platform’s unique capabilities to help you reach your business goals.
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