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ball-862114_640Managed Services Providers can add tremendous value to your company, helping you become more efficient and effective, giving you powerful strategic advantages over your competitors, and helping to fatten your company’s bottom line. Those things can only happen though, if you pick the “right” managed service provider for you. That, of course, is the tricky part. How do you find the “right” company out of the pool of Managed Services Providers out there? The reality is that there is no one answer to that question, but if you keep the three keys below in mind, it will help narrow the field considerably.

Pay For Performance Contracts

Not every managed services provider will offer these, but the ones who do should get special consideration. Essentially, these providers will do the work of executing the contract for something close to cost. Then, as the provider’s work begins to exceed the contract, bonuses are paid accordingly. That’s huge. It saves you money in the short run, and it works out well for the service company, giving them an enormous incentive to exceed their contractual obligations, which only serves to help you even more.

Preventive Maintenance

One of the great things about a top-tier MSP is that they’ve got a dashboard style monitoring system that enables them to keep tabs on the critical functionalities of your network. If you farm something like this out, they’ll be able to monitor and catch problems while they’re still small, rather than seeing your firm scramble to fix something after the problem has gotten large and virtually unmanageable. Even better, they can do this more cheaply than you could fill your own IT bench, in most cases.

Data Backups

Disaster Recovery plans and infrastructure can be prohibitively expensive, especially for small to medium sized businesses. If you can’t afford to build a rock solid system from scratch, then your only other choices are to either do without backups, which amounts to business suicide in slow motion, or to farm this out to an MSP. Again, the cost savings are enormous. You get peace of mind, and sterling reliability for a fraction of what it would cost you to build the system yourself.

The bottom line is that managed services providers can help you, both by saving you money (money not spent is as good as money earned), and by giving you advantages that will help you fatten your bottom line. You do your business a disservice by not at least considering their use.

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373219646_7c6036c2c3_zIf you clean your computer carefully, then you can reduce the amount of money you need to poor into computer repair later. It’s true that sometimes managed services can take care of this for you in a company, but it’s often something that you can do by yourself as well whether you’re working at home on your own computer or whether you’re using a company computer. Here are a few programs that can help.


This program will clean all of the cookies on your computer quickly and efficiently. You have to close your browsers first before it will work, but the advantage here is that the program can get rid of all of the cookies at once. The program can also check for registry errors and clean up your computer this way as well. It’s useful to be able to do all of these things at once in one program. The program also features the ability to clean registry files so they don’t slow down your computer either. One additional thing the program does during this process is allow you to create a save point before deleting registry files. This is useful because it allows you to be sure that any changes you make to your registry files are ultimately reversible if any kind of serious error pops up as a result of changing the registry. After all, your computer’s registry is a delicate part and you can really cause a lot of damage to it if you aren’t careful It’s better to be on the safe side so you have nothing to worry, but you can still make your computer clean.


Spybot can clean your computer of viruses, malware, and other problems. It also has a secure file shredder. This is important for eliminating files that you don’t want other people to have access to on your computer. If you just delete files normally, it’s often not very hard to recover the files if you have the right software. But if you delete the files with a secure shredder, this will make it much more difficult for anyone else to recover the files if they are trying to get them without your permission. Secure file shredders give you a degree of peace of mind that just regular deleting won’t.

Overall, cleaning your computer regularly is just a useful thing to do and can save you money. The work and money you save through preparation and prevention is much larger than you might think. It’s almost always easier to save yourself trouble beforehand than have to deal with the difficulties of fixing it after the fact or handing it over to a reputable computer repair business. Cleaning your computer is an important thing to do, and you don’t need to go to an IT service to get it done.