Your business has outgrown its current IT management strategy. Day-to-day technology issues are draining morale and productivity, major projects are getting ignored or delayed, and the threat of cyberattack looms like a shadow over your organization.
When technology starts creating headaches for your team, it’s time to consider managed IT services. This IT service model allows small and medium-sized businesses to view their IT from a strategic and proactive footing, a perspective that enables them to perform more efficiently and open new opportunities for growth.
A managed IT service provider (MSP) doesn’t fix your network when you’re having problems, they monitor and maintain the health of your technology to eliminate them before they arise. Here’s what that means:
You have a team of IT professionals and experts taking care of your computers every day.
When there’s a simple issue – we fix it. When there’s complex issue – we fix it.
Your data is backed up daily, and by daily we mean every 15 minutes, so when disaster strikes everything you need to continue functioning from a technology standpoint is safe and recoverable.
Your cybersecurity vulnerabilities are accounted for with today’s best practices and tools.
Because Astute Technology Management charges a flat-rate fee, it also means your business won’t be caught off guard by unforeseen expenses caused by an aging infrastructure. We provide network assessments and regular site meetings to review the status of your businesses network so you can plan accordingly.
Allow Astute Technology Management to monitor your network 24×7 with our Managed IT Services. We identify and resolve potential problems before they cause downtime. In addition, you have the comfort of knowing that we are also performing critical preventative maintenance that will keep your business online and secure – all for a predictable cost.
We provide comprehensive technology management that covers your entire network. Below are some of the services included in our typical managed IT offering:
24×7 Monitoring – We use the same tools to monitor your network that large organizations use to monitor their networks, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. When an issue is detected, a ticket is automatically opened with our Help Desk and our technicians begin the remediation process.
24×7 Help Desk Support – Our office is open 8 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays); however, a technician local to Central or Southern Ohio is on call and available to assist anytime.
Application Support – We don’t just support a workstations Operating System; we are also tenured in supporting most common applications small to medium businesses use (like Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, Google Chrome, Adobe Acrobat, etc.). Occasionally we will come across a specialized application which we haven’t seen (it’s rare); however, we will work with the application vendor on your behalf to support the application.
Antivirus Licensing and Management – We believe all workstations should be running antivirus. To make this philosophy simple to implement, we include (and for no additional charge) antivirus licensing for all devices we support.
Mobile Device Support – Want to ensure all mobile devices with access to business email have a PIN? We manage mobile devices as well.
Windows Patching – We’ve invested in a sophisticated system which helps us keep all Windows devices we manage up to date. Our system can push out, or sometimes equally importantly prevent from pushing out, Windows patches.
3rd Party Application Patching – The same system which manages our Windows patching can also manage updates for common non-Microsoft applications (such as Adobe Reader, Java, etc.). This reduces users’ frustration with frequent pop-ups asking the user to update.
Remote and/or Onsite Support – We don’t feel the customer should be penalized (charged more) if an issue requires a technician to resolve onsite. Seems it would be in both parties’ best interest to resolve the issue as soon as possible. Thus, both remote and onsite support are included in our contracts. And since we only employ locally sourced and vetted technicians (not overseas or states away) our tech team can be on site in Columbus Ohio or Cincinnati Ohio in an hour.
Asset Tracking and Reporting – Our management system keeps track of all assets under management. This allows us to provide reports on device age, which helps with budgeting of replacement devices.
License Compliance Management – Concerned you haven’t purchased adequate Microsoft Office licenses? We perform a license compliancy audit as part of our onboarding. Additionally, we continue to maintain your compliancy throughout our relationship.
Perform Preventative Maintenance – We believe regular preventative maintenance increases the usable life of a workstation, and increases employee productivity by ensuring highest workstation performance. Our advanced systems perform weekly maintenance on all workstations we manage.
Quarterly Network Assessments – It’s one thing to say we adhere to best practices; however, we have invested in advanced assessment tools to ensure we are managing networks according to best practices. We perform network assessments on all networks we manage every quarter.
Onsite Status Meetings – Part of maintaining a healthy IT environment is addressing concerns. We feel the best way to address these concerns is in person. That’s why we schedule onsite status meeting. We’ll give you a quick update on the health of your network and any in progress projects, but we’ll have plenty of time to answers any questions you might have.
Hardware and Software Procurement – We have accounts with all the major IT distributors. This allows us to provide our customers a one-stop shop for buying. Additionally, given our buying power we can help our customers save money.
Vendor Management – Hate talking “technical” with other vendors? We don’t mind. We enjoy it. We work with your other IT vendors (think Internet Service Provider) to help resolve issues faster for you
Data Destruction – We believe all customer data is important. No matter if the customer is in Healthcare or Construction. That’s why whenever we decommission a device for a customer, all storage devices are removed and destroyed via a NAID AAA Certified partner.
Password Management – Good password hygiene is vital to the security of an organization. We have partnered with Passportal to provide our customers with a complete password management solution, no additional charge.
For over 20 years, we’ve been enthusiastically helping organizations throughout Ohio manage their IT assets. We’re proud that our track record of technical and customer service excellence has earned us the highest ratings of any MSPs in the Ohio area. Have a question? Our friendly team is always ready to help.
Who is the best managed IT service provider in Columbus, Ohio to augment or replace your internal IT department?
Businesses that have never worked with a managed services provider before naturally have a lot of questions. This FAQ will explore the most commonly asked questions and answers about this IT support model.
"As our company has continued to grow we found that it was not cost effective to continue to try and do all of our own Network Administration and End User support for our employees. The team at Astute is always very friendly and give some of the best customer service around. I would highly recommend Astute for anyone looking to outsource their Network Administration and or End User support."
"We partnered with Astute Technology Management a few years ago and the experience has been great. I recommend them for managed services for various reasons. They are tech savvy and customer service oriented, reliable and trustworthy, they care about the work they do, listen to what your business needs are, and provide very helpful insight and/or recommendations based on their knowledge and expertise."
"Astute Technology has been a great addition to our technology solution. They have a leadership philosophy that mirrors our organizational culture, and a unique attention to detail. We are extremely happy to have Astute providing our technology oversight!"
"We have been with Astute Technology Management for over 10 years and couldn't get by without them. Their attention to detail and timely support are invaluable, and they are always willing to provide guidance whenever we call."
"With the pace of change what it is today, it would be easy to worry about managing our IT assets. I've found it much more productive to trust Astute Technology Management. They deliver. They care."
"Professional team, responsive, and very knowledgeable. Our company has more than 75 employees and Astute TM has been able to quickly and efficiently identify troublesome areas within our network infrastructure, support our users, and provide excellent guidance on how company can grow without our technology becoming a burden to the business."
"The most valuable thing astute technologies has given me, is peace of mind in knowing that I am compliant and secure. With the security measures Eric and his staff put in place, I am confident that my patients' data will not fall into the wrong hands."
"When I run into an issue in our network that I can't resolve on my own, Astute Technology Management is usually who I call. Their knowledgeable people identify and correct the problem promptly. In the event that it is not immediately resolvable, they pursue and find the solution. Great people to work with!"
"Astute has always showed us great service and gone above and beyond to help in any way they can. Their staff is personable and makes you feel like you're not just another customer, but someone that they genuinely want to help."
"Our company was having consistent Internet connectivity issues which of course leads to productivity issues and expense. Astute Technology Management assessed our situation and needs then proposed a range of solutions for us to choose from that went beyond just Internet connectivity. Through that process we experienced A high level of knowledge, speed, customer service, professionalism and follow up which I truly appreciate. Our “uptime“ has never been better."