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Why using an MSP will make your move to the cloud entirely fuss-free (and cost less in the long run too!)

According to a survey by 451 Research, 60% of enterprises want to become ‘cloud-first’ businesses by 2020. And yet that very same study reports that almost two-thirds of businesses wanting to move to the cloud lack the strategy or know-how to successfully get there.

Other studies seem to back this up. A Microsoft report from 2017 found that 40% of businesses were having difficulty recruiting individuals with cloud-centric skills. But with 94% of everything we do expected to be processed by cloud centres by the end of the decade (Cisco) moving systems and processes to the cloud is almost expected of an organisation. This is where outsourced cloud service providers can come in handy.

But how do you know which cloud providers to work with? And what do you need to check before making your decision? We’ll clue you in...

What can a managed service provider bring to the SME table?

1. The right technical expertise

For small and medium- sized businesses, managed cloud service providers bring some big technical benefits. If you struggle to keep up with all the changes in the technological world, an MSP can pick up the slack, allowing you to get on with your day job. Managed services providers that work across a wide range of projects and have real-life experience managing the planning and delivery of different cloud services will be the best solution for businesses who either have no IT department or have an overworked one.

2. All the right skills for the job

Outsourced providers allow you to circumvent the issues surrounding a lack of cloud skills in the IT sector. The UL has a massive shortage of people with the right tech experience for this area, making it much harder for you to find the internal staff to fill those vital roles. External providers will bring the experience, knowledge, and skill set to get your cloud migration started and finished easily and effectively.

3. Knowledge of the latest regulations

With major regulatory changes, like the GDPR, on the horizon, cloud infrastructure must comply. Data can’t just be swept under the rug. Cloud service providers will be au fait with the latest legal requirements and ensure your business stays above board.

4. Delivering best value for money

Undertaking a move to the cloud isn’t necessarily cheap for a business and transferring everything might not be the best option for you. A managed cloud provider will work with you to assess which areas of your business makes sense, both practically and financially, to switch to the cloud.

A hybrid cloud infrastructure can be an excellent choice for SMEs as it will allow data and apps that are unable or unwilling to move to the cloud to be kept in a physical, on-premise environment.

5. Taking away the stress

Moving your important files, folders, data, to the cloud and making sure everything goes smoothly isn’t exactly fuss-free if you’re trying to do it with limited time, resources, and expertise. The main benefit of using a cloud provider is the removal of stress. Migration with a dedicated expert team can be done quickly and easily, allowing you to put your time, effort and resources into what matters the most: the growth of your business.

Selecting or changing your MSP… the easy way

If you’re on board with hiring or finding a new managed cloud services provider then your only true task is to find the right one for you. The one that will come in with a strategy for migration that they can implement easily and effectively, without any noticeable impact on you and your business.

Here’s are some steps to take as you go ahead on your cloud migration journey... 
  1. Make your need well-known straight away. This limits any issues in the partnership further down the line as everyone knows what is expected of them.
  2. Consider your short and long-term goals and communicate them effectively. Let your potential MSP know your current situation in detail and advise them where you want to be in the future. This should also be written into the contract when you reach that stage.
  3. Think about your ownership situation. The ownership of software and hardware must be worked out before signing any contracts. There should be a main owner for each part of the product so responsibility is clearly delineated.
  4. Really understand your contract. Look at the contracts with a fine-toothed comb, check exit clauses, and what you are being asked to do and cooperate with. Make sure you understand what the MSP is offering and that it aligns well with your business goals and values too.

Whether you currently have an MSP or are looking for help starting your journey to the cloud, we can provide managed cloud services that suit your business. Give us a call on 0333 444 44 02 or get in touch via our contact form and see how we can help you. 

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