managed services

Seven Reasons for Manufacturers to Consider Managed Services


It’s true that all businesses have IT requirements, but manufacturers have their own unique challenges. In addition to the traditional technology concerns facing other organizations, manufacturing IT departments often struggle to support a global organization from a single location with a finite staff and budget. Simultaneously, they’re expected to build competitive advantage and profitability for the business through the creative use of both IT tools and technical prowess.

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3 Keys for Evaluating Managed Services Providers

Ensuring the availability of IT services requires monitoring capabilities and resources to resolve issues. But in a large enterprise, it can take years of experience to determine what to monitor and the alarm thresholds for creating tickets that quickly alert the appropriate resources when issues occur.

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Logicalis Ranks Among the Elite Managed Service Providers

Logicalis has earned recognition on the CRN Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list as one of the MSP Elite 150—which distinguishes the top technology providers and consultants in North America. Our approach to managed services enables our customers to improve operational efficiencies, generate greater value from IT investments, and leverage technologies to achieve greater competitive advantage.

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Managed services will become new norm, according to many CIOs

Guest author: Mike Alley, Director, IT Service Management

In a recent study, Logicalis found that IT leaders are beginning to see value in moving toward “as a service” infrastructure models – from security to servers. As CIOs aim to maintain strategic roles within their organizations, strategic functions like business analytics and mobility strategies are taking priority over day-to-day operations.


External service providers might be the best way to free time and resources to meet their business goals. It is a subtle but substantial change that will keep the CIO relevant and recognized as the head of a critical and compelling business function. Furthermore, 30 percent of CIOs say they want to make better, more extensive use of managed service providers as they seek to reshape the IT function to allow them to focus on higher-value, more strategic activities – like enabling strategic business goals and mobile enterprises strategies.

For example, technology that was once seen as in-house only is now considered ripe for outsourced management by CIOs and IT directors looking for ways to regain lost time and re-establish their leadership positions through a services-led transformation. It was not long ago that CIOs would have been appalled at the idea of outsourcing security, but now nearly half say they are prepared to put security into the hands of a trusted partner.

Hype or ripe: Will “as-a-service” models become the new norm as CIOs aim to maintain their strategic roles in organizations?

4 reasons managed services are on the rise in the financial industry

Guest author: Mike Alley, Director, IT Service Management

According to financial advisory firm TABB Group, more than half of financial institutions will utilize managed services by 2016. The benefits of outsourcing infrastructure needs are abundant in the financial realm. Here are five key reasons why managed services are on the rise in the financial industry:

1. The move toward managed services has been heavily influenced by financial concerns. IT costs have evolved from major one-time spends into monthly operational expenses. As cloud-based managed solutions become more affordable, they continue to gain popularity among this group.



2. Managed services provide additional flexibility and quicker response times. This is critical in the financial industry as institutions work to provide the highest level customer service to their clients.

3. The concerns surrounding managed services are, not surprisingly, related to security. Financial institutions are held to the high standards of security by both official regulations and consumer expectations. Fortunately, security is also top-of-mind for managed service providers.

4. As technology continues to constantly change, financial institutions struggle to keep up. By outsourcing IT needs to managed service providers, financial service providers can focus on the needs of their clients and put trust in IT experts without sacrificing security and cost-efficiency.

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