When the time comes to select between near similar items, everyone faces a dilemma. The bard of English literature had also drawn a similar expression in his classics which could be rephrased to state to choose or not to choose, that is the question. Long after a decision has been finalized, the lingering feeling of uncertainty persists. This dilemma is prevalent in the information technology field too and therefore the question of how to choose the best managed service provider software is indeed one worthy of consideration.
The straight forward response or answer to that question no doubt would be that it is dependent on the benefits that one desires to achieve from this selection. There are however certain basic features that all MSP claims to be inherent with their product. Every MSP provides information about the network as a complete entity. They also are capable of percolating the solution to a problem of the network from one single access point. Customizable to the ever changing business process which is directly linked to the changing market scenario is also one more feature that every MSP claims.
If these so claimed features were to be changed to reality how then would it effect the real enterprise functioning or the network managers job would be the guiding factor for choosing the best managed service provider.
MSPs are third party vendors who carry out the job of managing the client’s network against payment by the client. Any and every managed service system works on this basic business principle. It is therefore imperative that the MSP be of such caliber that it can sense the defect of the network even before its actual occurrence. In short a good MSP should be proactive.
However effective or proactive the MSP is, given Murphy’s laws of probability the chance of a breakdown yet occurring on the network is rife. Quick response and speedy restoration in the event of such an occurrence on the network is the mark of a good MSP.
Criticality of the data and the applications that process this data of an enterprise network needs no amplification. The MSP is expected to restore the network to a clean point of operation where the data and application both were functioning correctly. MSP that takes regular backups of the entire network and archives the same would be able to complete the restoration process efficiently.
IT field is a volatile and ever changing field. Market changes being brought to the notice of the management as well as advising how the same could be implemented on the existing enterprise wide network is also another factor to be considered while choosing the best managed service provider.
An MSP with lax security features would be very dangerous to the health of the enterprise. Holes in the security of an MSP are vantage points for malicious programs to enter into the network and wreak havoc with the data and the application software too. MSP with high features in its security aspects is to be selected.
Verification of the managed service provider’s credentials is one other important factor to be considered while choosing an MSP. A good method would be to obtain reference of previous or other places where the MSP has been implemented.
As a check off list the ideas stated here could help to choose the best managed service provider.