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Preferred has been serving the Tinley Park area since 1991, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

If These 5 Technology Problems Sound Familiar, You Aren’t Alone

If These 5 Technology Problems Sound Familiar, You Aren’t Alone

As necessary as technology is in modern business operations, a variety of common IT-related obstacles must be overcome for your efforts to succeed. Fortunately, partnering with a managed service provider (MSP) can make these obstacles less “mountain” and more “molehill.” Let’s examine some of the most often seen business technology challenges and discuss how a relationship with an MSP helps alleviate them.

Your Users Aren’t Properly Trained

It’s one thing to have the right tools at your business’ disposal… it’s another entirely for your workforce to understand how to use them fully. As with any business process, your team must be familiar with the tools they are expected to use to do so effectively.

Partnering with an MSP like Preferred, however, gives you access to subject matter experts who will help you lead your team along the right path and teach them the best practices for being as productive as possible while upholding the stringent security standards modern operations require. Investing the time to focus on your employees’ skills and expertise—while also giving them a resource to turn to—will provide you with some significant benefits in the long term. 

For That Matter, Your Users Aren’t Properly Supported

On a related note, your workforce will need somewhere to turn if (and when) they encounter a problem with their tech. While you may have an internal IT team for this exact purpose, that shouldn’t be their only concern. Every moment this team spends dealing with an IT issue is one less to invest in your organization’s future IT, and vice versa. If you don’t have an internal team (as many small businesses don’t), this exacerbates the problem, as many external providers charge exorbitant fees per call.

This is not the case when working with us. We’ll be there for your staff to contact if they ever have a question about their technology or need assistance with some aspect of their IT. Alternatively, we could work in the background to plan your business’ future technology implementations on your behalf.

Your Business IT Doesn’t Meet Necessary Compliance

Governing bodies and industry groups have been known to set standards that businesses must meet, benefiting their clients and society in general. Failure to meet these standards is often met with some consequence, often in the form of lost privileges or fines.

These consequences are often severe and should be avoided, as they could significantly impact your business’ capabilities in the long term.

Working with us means that you are working with a resource that is likely very familiar with the regulatory standards your business must meet (after all, they’ve likely dealt with it before) and can work on your behalf to ensure that all the “t”s are crossed and all the “i”s are dotted in terms of your compliance. We will be there to keep your business secure and productive and do so in a way that keeps those governing bodies and industry groups happy.

Your Business Isn’t Properly Secured

Security is not something that any business can—or should—take for granted. There is an obscene volume of cyberthreats, most of them gunning for easy targets.

Unfortunately, there’s only so much you can do to protect yourself and your business from the threats that are so prevalent today—largely through no fault of your own. After all, you have a business to run, a commitment that almost certainly takes most of your energy and attention. That said, you might not have that business to run without the protections necessary to protect your operations from today’s threats.

We can help you manage and maintain these protections, providing monitoring services to help catch issues of all kinds (including cybersecurity incidents) and respond to them with the appropriate measures. Furthermore, we will help advise and guide you in protecting your business correctly, recommending different tools and measures to ensure your business' defense.

You Have No Plan for Your Technology’s Future

Finally, every small business should strive for growth, whether that growth is in size, scale, or capability. This goal will require some form of business development, which means that the organization’s IT needs will also change.

We can be there from the very start to help businesses design a strategy to help sustainably guide these changes, ensuring that the technology an organization relies on is prepared to scale as it does in a way that the business can support. Consider what you want your own business to look like in a year, five years, or ten years from now. Working with an MSP sets you up to reach that, in terms of your technology’s role.

We Can Be Your MSP

Reach out to Preferred today to get started. Give us a call at 708-781-7110.

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