CIOs and Managed IT Can Coexist
According to a recent survey by GFI Software, nearly 80% of IT Administrators are stressed out, citing taxing interactions with managers and users, tight deadlines, and inadequate staffing and budget as the driving factors behind their work strain. It's no wonder then that more than 2/3 of companies surveyed in CompTIA's Fourth Annual Trends in Managed Services Study said that they had turned to managed IT for relief within the last 12 months.
IT Administrators often find themselves battling security threats from the outside between managing unexpected internal malfunctions and performing routine maintenance like patching systems, managing backups, and updating documentation and so on.
An alarming 27% of them have experienced stress-related health issues such as high blood pressure, while 40% have skipped out on commitments to friends and family due to work. According to the American Psychological Association, “Job strain—high demands coupled with low decision-making latitude—is associated with increased risk of coronary disease.” Stick it between Diet Coke and trans fats in the never-ending list of things that can kill you.
Why a Managed IT Solution?
In the past few years, more and more CIOs have been ditching those sweaty palms and anxiety-ridden days in the past where they belong in favor of a Co-managed Service. This way, a company gets to keep their internal IT staff while an MSP provides as much (or as little) help as the Network Administrator needs to maintain the corporate IT infrastructure without losing his sanity.
With an entire team of dedicated IT professionals with wide-ranging skills, a service partner can help to alleviate the workload for frazzled Network Administrators by covering the basic blocking and tackling tasks common to all networks, essentially freeing up time for the Network Administrator to focus his invaluable knowledge on the company’s unique business needs (and maybe snag a relaxing aroma therapy massage).
Common services include network support, disaster recovery, in-depth monitoring, managing backups, maintaining anti-virus software, applying patches and updates, managing firewalls, and assistance with designing and implementing new technologies--whew. Furthermore, the range of services can be tailored to each Network Administrator’s unique situation and can be as hands-on or hands-off as needed. Feeling a little more relaxed? Good.
It’s about time we all fought back against heinously taxing IT demands. Sharing the load with a trusted co-managed service provider may just be the thing that saves your health and your sanity.