The old British saying, penny wise, pound foolish can be applied to many situations. It certainly is relevant to businesses who cut corners on outsourced IT service providers but pay dearly in terms of productivity, flexibility, security, risk management, and ROI.

If the primary reason you’re sticking with your
current managed service provider is the low associated cost, you may be harming
your chances of reaching your strategic goals.

The Wrong Way to Save Money

While cloud computing is being adopted at a
growing rate, outsourcing
remains a crucial option
for companies looking to free up valuable IT
resources. Partnering with an MSP lets your business operate at a more
efficient, more profitable rate. But what if your MSP isn’t living up to
promised standards or your expectations?

Poor communication habits such as calls not being
returned and emails or texts not being responded to are obvious red flags. Here
are some other signs it’s probably time to find a better outsourced provider,
even if the initial cost is higher.

  • Stagnation. Once the
    contract is signed, some lower cost MSPs reveal an inability to keep up
    with your organization’s goals and growth. Scalability based on your
    changing needs is nowhere to be found. To reach your goals, you need an
    MSP that understands your evolving budgeting, planning, and implementation
    strategies.
  • Redundancy. If it
    seems your MSP does not have well-defined procedures in place, it’s
    duplicating work done by your in-house IT team, or appears overwhelmed
    with your company’s tasks, such as backups, it’s likely the provider is
    ill-equipped to deal with your organization’s needs. Likewise, if you keep
    having the same problems, it’s a sure sign your MSP isn’t good at solving
    the root of the problem. That means you’re getting band-aid solutions, not
    permanent fixes.
  • Poor ROI. Whether
    you’re outsourcing managed IT to complete a project, to complement
    existing staff, or to make scaling easier, doing so should have a direct
    impact on tangible and intangible costs. Calculating ROI is not always a
    straightforward process, but if the bottom line is that your MSP is no
    longer saving you money, it’s time to switch to one that meets your needs,
    generates measurable results, and makes more financial sense.
  • Technology
    gap
    . Does your current MSP help you adopt the latest
    technologies more quickly? Is it providing the timely assistance you need
    to make the transition to more cloud-based and digital apps and services?
    A good MSP uses cutting-edge technology diagnostic tools to keep your
    organization’s IT environments healthy and running smoothly. If you’re not
    receiving that level of support and your MSP is unable to scale IT
    services to your company’s requirements, you could face at a minimum
    disruption and at most, serious
    security risks
    .

Signs it’s Time for a Change

You probably spent quite a bit of time doing your
homework before committing to your current MSP. That can make switching to a
new provider more difficult to do. But if your dissatisfaction level has
reached the point where you’re having second thoughts about whether you made
the right decision, it’s worth investing time once more in finding an MSP who
can better serve your needs.

When you choose a new provider, look for a partner
who can help you reach your strategic goals. And if you’re still not sure
change is the way to go, ask yourself this. Is keeping your staff focused on
core mission strategies, gaining access to the latest monitoring and management
tools, and keeping your data secure worth investing a little more on the front
end so the returns are greater? We think the answer is yes.

Proactive, growth-focused solutions keep your
network running efficiently and securely. The right MSP is one you can look to
as a trusted partner and who you can rely on to help you streamline operations,
maximize productivity, and attain your goals. Ideally, the provider you choose
should treat your business as if it’s their own, learning the ins and out of
its operations and IT needs before creating a customized solution that meets
your requirements and budget.

10 reasons to change to a new managed it services provider