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What does a Managed Service Provider Actually Manage?

What does a Managed Service Provider Actually Manage?

When your computer freezes or data suddenly disappears, who do you call? While some organizations have an in-house IT department to manage IT, many small businesses are limited due to location, budget and other variables. In the past, organizations would turn to break-fix IT management for all of their technology issues, but trends in IT maintenance have given rise to a more popular and more sustainable way for small businesses to get the technology maintenance and management they need.


Break-fix IT management was largely considered a waste of resources, as it would mean your organization was waiting until your technology was already failing before seeking assistance. This would result in downtime while waiting for someone to resolve the issue, further adding to the cost of the incident.

Preventative managed IT provided by a managed service provider, or MSP, is the better alternative, as it means you are effectively preventing IT issues from becoming problems in the first place. What this does is that it mitigates the possibility of downtime, along with all of its expenses. The problem is that this kind of IT isn’t possible unless you have a team dedicated to making sure that your technology is operating as intended.

Outsourcing this responsibility to a managed service provider is a great way make up for a deficit in your IT management. Some of the services offered by a managed service provider include, but are not limited to:

  • Server hosting
  • Cloud hosting and management
  • Data backup and disaster recovery
  • Email hosting
  • Network maintenance, monitoring, and management
  • Security monitoring and deployment

Simply put, an MSP manages all your technology needs. From implementing a new software or hardware solution or setting up an email account, an MSP will be able to provide assistance with your business’ technology issues and can help you prevent disaster, instead of recovering from it.  

Machado Consulting can be the managed service provider that is right for your business. To learn more about how we can save you time and money, reach out to us at (508) 453-4700.

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4 Decisions You’ll Make About Your IT

4 Decisions You’ll Make About Your IT

Scrutinize Your Security

Before you implement a new solution, be sure to consider your organization’s cybersecurity needs. Ask yourself if it’s something that you can implement without compromising your organization’s security. Cyberattacks can create a considerable financial burden for your business. After all, a business is still a business, no matter what kind of data it stores or how large its workforce or client base is. It might lessen the damage done, but it’s certainly not any consolation for still exposing data to threats--especially because the data stored by businesses tends to be sensitive in nature. You need to do everything you can to make sure that any solution you implement can be done so without your data being placed at risk.

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Taking a Look at a Manufacturer’s IT

Taking a Look at a Manufacturer’s IT

Manufacturing products is still a major part of the western economies; and, like other businesses, manufacturers are using information technology to fuel and manage their supply chains and business processes. We’ll take a short look at what IT manufacturers use, and how it helps them forge their business ahead.

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How to Plan Your Data Storage Needs

How to Plan Your Data Storage Needs

Storage is a major consideration, no matter your business. If you don’t have storage enough to house your cleaning supplies and instead have to leave them out in the hallway for everyone to avoid, it is a problem, right? What if unsightly clutter isn’t your biggest cause for concern? What if you run a furniture retail business, for example? Being in a position where you don’t have enough warehouse space available to keep your furniture in; or, you have too much warehouse space left over, will both likely end up being expensive.

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Tip of the Week: Excelling at Teamwork

Tip of the Week: Excelling at Teamwork

How well do your employees collaborate with one another? Teamwork is essential to the success of any business, but it doesn’t come naturally to everyone. To make improve communication and foster teamwork start with these three steps...

Clarify Your Roles

Everyone should clearly understand their role and the scope (and limitations) of their responsibilities. This helps employees take ownership and feel empowered to make decisions and contribute toward the team’s goals. Then, provide feedback on users’ contributions and use that feedback to delegate new challenges and responsibilities. This creates the perfect opportunity to provide encouraging and very specific praise which will ideally inspire more good work.

Encourage Socialization

For a group of people to work as a team, they need to see themselves as a team. One way to facilitate this is to create opportunities for employees to spend time together as a group. Team meetings might be helpful for discussion and decision making, but they also give your employees a chance to connect with each other face-to-face. Schedule an after-hours gathering or plan to volunteer together as a team (or in small groups). Encourage them to take team lunches or hit a local happy hour after work. If you’re the boss, plan to hang back from some of these functions. It’s good to let the employees bond without feeling the pressure of pleasing their supervisor.

Use Technology

For a group of people to work as a team, you’ll need to provide the tools to help them be as productive and communicative as possible. With the right solutions, your team can work together on projects whether they are in the same room or across the country. Access permissions, file sharing, and virtual private networks will all play a role in the success of these solutions.

Reach out to the Machado Consulting team if you have questions or need a recommendation for collaboration tools and services.

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