The BlueKey IT Impact: Managed IT Support
BlueKey IT Services provides Managed IT Support Service for businesses of different sizes and industries looking for an easy way to manage their network, security and everyday tech issues. Managed IT support allows businesses to have the benefits of an on-site IT team without the cost of salary, benefits, or hiring a qualified team. The service is scalable so as the company grows locally or nationally, the service grows to fit the company’s needs. It makes businesses more efficient since time isn’t spent on worrying about security, troubleshooting or calling many different software and cloud companies to fix issues. BlueKey IT handles each these tasks and more so staff can concentrate on their jobs instead of spending time working with technology.
What is Managed IT Support?
Managed IT Support Service is acombination of IT services contracted by an outside company to save money and time when compared to hiring an internal IT position or team. A Managed Service Provider (MSP) frees up staff from technical troubleshooting so they can concentrate on their jobs and the company mission. These services are led by the Service Level Agreement in a monthly agreement and includes on-site and remote support.
Step 1 Network Assessment
The first step to getting started with Managed IT Support Service is a Network Assessment. This is the initial meeting between BlueKey IT Services and the business owner or office manager. TeamBlue wants to learn more about the business, see how the current network is set up and listen to what challenges interrupt business due to technology. In the meeting, the team can make recommendations for managed IT support service and start putting together a proposal to send to the business owner or manager.
Step 2 Monthly Service Agreement
After the Network Assessment, BlueKey IT will put together a proposal with services included in the monthly service agreement. Most service agreements are all inclusive and include all the hours needed to proactively meet the client’s IT Support needs. BlueKey believes that by including all support, businesses can more easily budget and the network will be set up securely and proactively to create fewer issues that interrupt daily work. This agreement is not a contract but instead of monthly agreement. BlueKey IT Services wants clients to continue the service because it is meeting their needs, not because they are stuck in a multi-year contract.
Step 3 Service Level Agreement
The monthly service agreement is guided by a Service Level Agreement (SLA). This agreement lets the client know how TeamBlue will administer the service to meet business needs. All issues affect daily business though so each issue has an initial response time depending on its urgency and level of impact.
- CRITICAL – Within 1 business hour: Catastrophic inability to complete job duties. Example: computer does not turn on or boot up properly.
- HIGH – Within 2 business hours: Loss of a major job duty. Example: E-mail not working, not connected to Internet, inability to print at all. Example: cannot send or receive emails.
- MEDIUM – Within 4 business hours: There is a problem to be solved, but customer is still functional and has other options available. Example: Desktop printer is not working, but customer has access to departmental printers.
- NORMAL – Within 8 business hours: General request for machine setup reformat or other tasks that are not time sensitive. Example: User needs help but will not be available until a few days later.
BlueKey IT includes many different services with its Managed IT Support. Each service covers the technology support each company needs. It also allows for a proactive approach to support so instead of reacting to an issue that could cause company downtime, each client has safeguards in place to avoid potential issues or minimize downtime when a crisis occurs.
Whether a staff member has a PC, Mac, or a tablet, there are times when he/she will need support for a technical issue. TeamBlue has a help desk ready to help with computer set up, updates, software installation and troubleshooting, connectivity, error messages, printing and email issues, repairs, hardware upgrades, battery replacement, etc. Any user can easily send a message to the help desk for support and quickly get back to work. If a problem persists or the computer continues to run slowly, BlueKey IT can rebuild the workstation or recommend a new one that will keep the employee working efficiently.
Servers can be on-site, hosted or in the cloud. BlueKey IT can configure a new server with Active Directory, company specific software, group policies, virtualization, permissions for shared files, etc. for a new business. An old server can also be migrated to a new server when it becomes obsolete or runs slowly. TeamBlue can also improve an existing server with more memory and managing settings to meet the needs of specific types of businesses. Since the server is the command center of the business, the BlueKey keeps it current with backups and security. Then it can return to working order quickly if crisis occurs.
BlueKey IT Services has decades of experience working with many different types of businesses. This experience gives each of its clients the knowledge of what works in different types of situations. So included in the Managed IT Support service are recommendations for hardware, licenses, routers, firewalls, servers, suggestions for HIPAA and PCI compliance, security recommendations and solutions for other industry specific software. Pairing these recommendations with the knowledge of how to incorporate each into the current network configuration makes the network work efficiently.
Access to data in a secure capacity is vital for businesses. Having business software available whether a rep in the office, working remotely or traveling can mean more sales and working efficiently. BlueKey IT assists companies in getting computers and servers set up to use the software, troubleshooting any issues with the software company and making recommendations for cloud software. TeamBlue also helps business owners get new employees access and remove access for old employees to keep data secure.
No access to data=Downtime=Loss of revenue Crisis can occur at anytime causing a company to lose data, the network configuration, software and operating systems. BlueKey IT provides off-site backups with every monthly agreement since it is so important for the health of the organization. So when crisis hits, the company can feel confident that downtime will be minimal.
Cloud software, remote access, downloading or uploading files, email communication, VoIP phones, Google searches, research, and sales all rely on a great Internet connection for every computer, printer, server and type of equipment. TeamBlue securely sets up each company with reliable hardwire and wireless connections. Then will work with Internet Service Providers (ISPs), VoIP phone providers, and wiring professionals to make sure the network supports the business now and in the future as it grows.
Keeping the network secure is a top priority for Blue Key IT Services. Setting the network up with the right hardware and software to keep hackers from accessing the network is the first step. TeamBlue also provides training for the staff on how to avoid actions that could give hackers access. Then it can even monitor the Dark Web for password and personal information leaks for each user on the domain. These precautions along with backups, secure email and keeping operating systems updated help keep companies in HIPAA and PCI compliance. Blue Key IT Services consults with each company to see what types of compliance they need to adhere to and give them the tools to make their network secure and compliant.
TeamBlue has decades of experience configuring servers to fit each business’s needs. Including virtualization allows companies to have many operations functioning on a server at once, balance resources, save money on hardware and free up limited space for hardware.
Do you get warnings or error messages from your computer? Do you close them out to come back to them later or choose to ignore them due to unintelligible error codes? 24/7 monitoring alerts BlueKey IT Services of a problem that is happening or will happen on a computer or server on the network. If a problem occurs, many times it can be fixed as it happens before the staff member even realizes it is an issue. Monitoring saves time and money for businesses.
Each monthly agreement BlueKey IT Services provides includes anti-virus protection. This gives each machine an extra layer of security against potential threats. The software used is excellent at seeing the pattern of debilitating viruses like Ransomware so it can stop it quickly. Using tools like anti-virus protection gives another proactive layer of security to keep the company working efficiently.
Businesses can choose to have their email in the cloud through Microsoft 365 or GSuite or an on-premise Exchange Server. BlueKey IT Services can support either so the business can communicate with others easily. TeamBlue manages email addresses and account permissions for new and old staff members too. BlueKey can also provide recommendations for the one that will fit each business’s needs for functionality and cost.
The size and type of the business determines how much support each business needs. Managed IT Support service meets the needs of each size of business. This is also important as a company grows and changes its size from small to medium or medium to large. BlueKey Managed IT Support Service can manage other changes like opening a new location as the business grows as well.
Small Business Managed IT Support
Small Business Managed IT Support is a critical part of any small shop or company doing business today. Computers, servers, internet, data, and payment systems are an integral part of daily work. For small businesses in particular, efficient and reliable systems and technology can mean the difference between financial success and hardship. At BlueKey IT Services, technicians are on the front lines of IT support for small businesses and develop techniques and solutions to handle the unique needs of a small business. TeamBlue can then successfully plan, setup and maintain a first-rate technology infrastructure with cutting-edge solutions for any small business. BlueKey takes the stress of IT out of owning a small business.
Medium sized businesses present a unique challenge for business owners to decide what they need for IT support. Sometimes a medium business wants to streamline the entire IT operation with outside vendors. In this case, BlueKey IT has the capability to be the company’s IT team. Technicians work to develop appropriate IT and technology strategies that will help the company run smoothly and grow. However, some medium businesses have an in-house IT staff and are occasionally looking to ramp up their manpower for big projects or need additional expertise and advice. TeamBlue can fill that role perfectly as well to work alongside current staff and scale with the business.
It takes an in-house team of IT support professionals working diligently to keep a large business running. BlueKey IT Services can work with the in-house IT support team to offer IT consulting and project management services. Managed IT Support technicians can work hand-in-hand with the IT team on large projects to ramp up manpower without hiring additional staff. Blue Key also works with many other large businesses and brings the solutions that have worked for other groups to the organization. This collaboration brings additional resources to the business without taking the time to hire and train new staff.
Each industry has unique needs and Blue Key Managed IT Support services can tailor its service to specifically fit these needs.
Federal regulations such as HIPAA, ICD-10, and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) have brought new focus and importance to technology, networking and security in the healthcare industry. Blue Key IT Services is on the front lines of IT support in the healthcare industry to support companies through many changes. From EMR and practice management software such as eClinicalWorks, Nexgen, AdvancedMD and Medisoft to data and network security solutions to ensure HIPAA compliance, the team has experience with every facet of technology and software in the medical world. TeamBlue can successfully plan, setup and maintain a first-rate technology infrastructure with cutting-edge solutions, compliance and security for any medical practice or healthcare related facility.
With government regulations such as HIPAA, the advent of electronic medical records, the advancements in imaging equipment, and software, Managed IT Support service has never been more important for dentists and oral care specialists. BlueKey IT has experienced each of these changes with dentists and their staff. The team can successfully plan, setup and maintain a first-rate technology infrastructure with cutting-edge solutions for dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, maxillofacial surgeons, or other oral care specialists while helping to make sure the practice meets all technology compliance and security regulations required by the government.
Architects, engineers, and design/build firms need to have a robust technology and software platform that can handle their large file sizes and processing needs. BlueKey IT puts together a network with a balance of speed and capacity for data that works well for programs like AutoCAD. These solutions keep architects, engineers and their staff working without slowing them down.
CPA’s, accountants, and other finance professionals have never been more personally at risk for maintaining appropriate security and accuracy of client financial documents and records. The penalties for failing to comply with government regulation in the financial industry can be devastating. TeamBlue has experience with every facet of technology and software in the accountant and finance world to set professionals up for success. Each plan is setup to maintain first-rate technology infrastructure with cutting-edge solutions to provide each firm with all the technology needed for compliance and security regulations.
Attorneys need up to date, instant access to important case files; motions, briefs, and other discovery items, from anywhere at any time. Missing a crucial document during trial can mean the difference between winning and losing. BlueKey IT Services assists law firms so they can become more mobile and agile in and out of the courtroom. By utilizing the latest and most secure technologies, the firm is always on its “A” Game. The implementation of case management software (Time Matters, Amicus Attorney, Abacus, Case Map, etc.) and configuration of the server and remote access needs is crucial for every firm. Blue Key IT Services can successfully plan, setup and maintain a first-rate technology infrastructure with cutting-edge solutions, compliance, and security for any legal practice.
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Managed IT Support service can be a vital part of any size or type of business. It includes everything a company needs to proactively prepare for a crisis while saving business owners time and money. BlueKey IT Services gives each business access to a team of technology specialists no matter the size or type of business. Staff can then concentrate on their jobs and use technology as a resource. Contact BlueKey IT Services today for a free Network Assessment to bring Managed IT Support Service to your business!