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Reasons To Move To Managed Services

March 29, 2017

Many retailers that have already made the decision to switch to mobile- or EMV-enabled point of sale devices may be wondering about the best ways in which they can maintain their compliance and security.

 

Many retailers that have already made the decision to switch to mobile- or EMV-enabled point of sale devices may be wondering about the best ways in which they can maintain their compliance and security. For smaller companies in particular this might seem like a daunting task, and therefore it may be wise to switch to managed services to ensure greater success in staying up to date with the latest requirements.

However, managed services are about more than just improved security and simplicity, according to David Weeks, senior global channel sales manager at SolarWinds MSP, writing for Business Solutions Magazine. Given the plethora of technology options merchants may have available to them, finding the right managed service provider can do more than simply go a long way toward ensuring compliance and service when issues need to be addressed. It can also help them continually assess the best ways to proceed and adapt to changing norms in their fields.

The more merchants can do to move toward managed services, the better off they might be.The more merchants can do to move toward managed services, the better off they might be.

More Companies Getting On Board
The inherent value of managed services are growing increasingly apparent to businesses across a number of different industries, and companies are moving to take advantage of the opportunities these services provide, according to a report from IBM’s Thoughts on Cloud blog. One recent survey found that 80 percent of all companies in the U.S. are either considering a switch to cloud-based managed services or expanding that use. Another 15 percent plan to maintain their current utilization of these services.

“With cloud, businesses know they have a tremendous technology delivery model at their fingertips, but they don’t always know how to harness it,” Lynda Stadtmueller, vice president of cloud services at Frost and Sullivan, which conducted the poll, told IBM. “They might not have the expertise on staff. The self-service cloud might be more complex than they expected. Additionally, the stakes for getting it right are high. As a result, they’re turning to specialists who can provide the management overlay to make sure that workloads are secure, efficient and cost controlled.”

What’s The Cost?
Of course, for many smaller companies, it’s not always easy to find the space in the budget to take the step toward adoption. However, at least assessing how helpful such a change would be – and what it would cost based on their specific needs – could go a long way toward informing the best possible decisions, according to SolarWinds. Often, working together with a managed service provider can allow merchants to quickly come up with a plan that will both meet merchants’ needs and keep them on-budget.

As with anything else in business, making a decision on a managed service provider simply takes a cost-benefit analysis to assess just how helpful such a move will be, and why. With that kind of effort, it’s probable that companies can get ahead as more of their competitors likewise move to adopt.

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