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4 Ways to Know it's Time to Embrace Managed Services for GIS

Posted by Charlie Baker on Nov 7, 2016 11:16:45 AM


What Are Managed Services?

Managed Service Providers are continuing to grow and develop to meet the needs of their clients. With more being offered than ever before, now might be the right time for you to utilize one for your own needs. A Managed Service Provider (MSP) is most often an IT services provider that manages and assumes responsibility for providing a defined set of services to its clients. This can be done either proactively, or as the MSP determines that services are needed. What it means in short is that someone else is handling the services for you. Utilizing a managed services provider can offer a huge advantage for many companies and organizations. The popularity of using an MSP is clear, as more businesses and IT firms are turning to the technology. If you’ve never been interested in managed services before, here are some reasons why it might be time for you to make the switch.

You Have Frequent Interruptions in Service

When it comes to IT, loss of service is a matter of “when,” not “if.” It’s a reality that experts in the field have to face every day. However, that doesn’t mean you need to accept losing service. When you do, you also lose money and time. If it feels like you’re experiencing interruptions far too frequently, it may be time to let a managed services provider handle your infrastructure.

You’re Falling Behind in Your Data Management

Once upon a time, you were so good at staying on top of your systems. You updated when you needed to, You caught every problem and you fixed it immediately. But lately, you seem to have been missing some things. A few bugs have slipped in under the radar. It’s not like you were slacking, it’s just that other critical areas required your attention and —

Look, we get it. You’re busy, and you’ve got a lot you need to do. That’s the way the world is now. But staying on top of updates, data backup and recovery is crucial to keeping your systems efficient and your organization moving forward. If it seems like you’re constantly playing catch up with your updates, it may be time to let an MSP offer assistance. They will monitor your systems for you and inform you immediately of any problems or updates required.

You Can’t Meet the Increasing Need for GIS

GIS is a growing property, and it’s developing quickly. It has incredible capabilities and the data it can offer is definitely something your organization wants to take advantage of. But what if you can’t you really manage the infrastructure and support that GIS requires? Not every organization is large enough to handle it on their own. If you want to take advantage of GIS but feel your organization isn’t large enough to support it, then let an MSP handle it for you.

No Time to Test and Develop Applications

One of those ways to take advantage of GIS is through applications. But development is a lengthy process, and it takes a lot of trial and error and bug fixes. You might not have the time to do that without some help. A managed services provider can aid in developing and testing your GIS applications.

If you want to experience better GIS then head on over to ROK Tech where you can start a free 30 day trial. If you are interested in utilizing managed services for yourself, ROK Tech is partnered with Esri. Esri is one of the premiere leaders in the GIS industry, and they offer helpful support for your GIS needs, whatever they are! Now, you can experience the benefits of MSP for yourself!

Topics: Collaboration, Esri, GIS, managed services

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