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According to the Pandemic Preparedness team at Gartner, “A pandemic can result in a possible staff absenteeism exceeding 40% for extended and sequential periods.”
As an I&O leader, how would your team handle that level of absenteeism?
It’s likely that, at this point, your I&O team is overwhelmed with Work From Home (WFH) support requests, as well as surprising tech issues resulting from the increased demands of WFH operations. You’re scrambling to put out fires and keep networks and systems running smoothly – and that means your team has less time than ever to focus on critical IT processes and procedures.
Can you handle that load if absenteeism spikes?
We’re here to tell you: Yes, you can.
Though smaller businesses often work with Managed Services Providers (MSPs) to handle critical IT tasks, enterprise CIOs, CTOs, and I&O leaders often choose to rely solely on their extensive in-house teams to handle their tech.
Of course, in a world filled with convenient managed IT services on the cloud, this trend is starting to dissolve as enterprise leaders flex management tasks across a broader IT team. These days, it’s not surprising to find CIOs trusting outside expertise to handle mundane administrative tasks while focusing their in-house dollars on hiring experts who are well-versed in strategic, forward-planning initiatives for the business.
For increasing numbers of I&O leaders, it’s easy to see how MSP flexibility would support your IT operations right now during the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting WFH workload.
Flexibility is great – but there are lots of MSPs out there. Very few of them have the necessary expertise to seamlessly support your complex operations. So, what’s the best way to find the right MSP for you?
Start off by looking for an MSP that specializes in your specific solution setup:
The key is to make sure that any MSP you’re considering will know how to support your system without hand-holding from you – because, if you need an emergency MSP, you don’t have time to get them up to speed.
Next, after you’ve found an MSP with the precise expertise and experience your systems and solutions demand, you’ll want to make sure the MSPs you’re considering are able (and willing) to work hand-in-hand with your in-house team.
Many MSPs want only to control the entire IT setup, as it simplifies their operations and contracts. Working with an MSP that wants to manage every aspect of your IT might be a great choice for you… or it might not.
If you’re looking for a more flexible arrangement, such as having a trained team of experts you can trust to step in exactly when you need them, you’ll want to make sure the MSP you’re considering is willing to do that. You’ll also only want to select from the MSPs that have extensive experience serving enterprises like yours in that capacity.
Either arrangement — an MSP that handles everything for you, or an MSP that assists your team when needed, such as with day-to-day IT admin or increased support requests — are both great choices during a protracted emergency like the COVID-19 pandemic. Both arrangements can reduce the stress on your internal team while ensuring that your systems run at peak performance around the clock.
It’s up to you to decide which solution will work best for your needs and to find the MSP that best fits your requirements, specific solutions, and expectations.
You may also want to consider working with an MSP that can seamlessly flow back and forth between managing all your IT tasks and stepping in as needed, so you know your enterprise is covered in all situations as your needs and this pandemic evolve.
As one of the first certified Oracle MSPs on the planet, as well as one of the few MSPs certified across all of today’s top cloud solutions, Centroid’s expert team is the one to trust when you need additional support for complex, multicloud solutions that include Oracle solutions as a critical component.
For more than 20 years, Centroid has been helping enterprise I&O leaders achieve their business goals and objectives by advising on and implementing world-class business tech solutions. Unlike other consultancy teams, we haven’t stopped there.
We additionally offer MSP support, with the flexible arrangements our global clients prefer.
Whether it’s stepping in to help solve a perplexing problem for Amway, filling in as needed for Canon Medical Systems, or delivering tailored support and MSP assistance for a wide range of global enterprise leaders – our clients know that Centroid is the team to trust at all times, including during a global pandemic.
Centroid is a cloud services and technology company that provides Oracle enterprise workload consulting and managed services across Oracle, Azure, Amazon, Google, and private cloud. From applications to technology to infrastructure, Centroid’s depth of Oracle expertise and breadth of cloud capabilities helps clients modernize, transform, and grow their business to the next level.