While providers of managed IT services have been around for more than a decade, business owners were slow to use the services of these professionals for a long time but recent developments point to a future of greater co-operation between business owners and MSPs. The services provided by IT MSPs are diverse and every business can benefit by using an MSP. Perhaps the leading reason that made business owners fail to use the services of MSPs is that most were not aware of where exactly an MSP fitted in a company. In the past, people working in companies’ IT departments viewed MSPs with a bit of disdain and even suspicion. For these employees, the hiring of an MSP meant the end of their jobs. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. MSPs do not act as replacements for a company’s regular IT staff. The arrival of an MSP in a company enables the company to benefit from the obvious expertise of these professionals. A good company will not fire its IT staff because an MSP has come on board. On the contrary, the hiring of an MSP helps to free some IT staff so that they can help with projects that are core to the company. Take for instance company’s that provide a service, without this help they are dead in the water. Today therefore, the cost-savings that a company gains by outsourcing some IT functions are less important than the greater desire to see major improvements in the operations of a company. Another reason that made some companies reluctant to hire IT MSPs was that they thought it constituted a security risk. While some business owners could still be holding this view, the majority who are hiring MSPs understand that the outsourcing of some of the functions could actually enhance security. This is the case because IT MSPs are run by professionals who know that they are duty-bound to protect their clients. Moreover, there is extensive evidence to show that most of the IT security risks that have plagued companies are actually caused by a company’s own IT staff. Why IT MSP services are crucial for businesses. For some businesses, IT MSP services are indispensable. MSPs are specialists who keep up with the latest technological trends and their knowledge will certainly exceed that of a firm’s own IT personnel. An MSP will therefore know the solutions that are ideal for your business. Depending on the industry you are in, there might be specific IT regulations that you are required to comply with. Keeping up with trends and regulations might be too much for some company executives hence the need to outsource services to an MSP.