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10 Things Great IT Providers Always Do

At Affiliated Resource Group, we understand that exceptional IT support is defined by more than just competitive pricing or flat-rate services. Many clients realize upon switching to us that their previous dissatisfaction was not due to poor support, but from not fully understanding what effective support should involve. In this blog, we will highlight 10 essential qualities that exemplary IT providers consistently exhibit. It's time to move past persistent tech issues and mediocre service that could be jeopardizing your business. Exceptional IT providers...

1. Respond Promptly During Emergencies: In critical situations, fast response is vital. Reliable IT providers understand the urgency and either answer calls immediately or respond within 30 minutes.

2. Accessible and Responsive for Non-Emergencies: Minor tech support issues should be easily handled. Gather feedback from your staff about their experiences; dissatisfaction is a clear warning sign.

3. Offer After-Hours Support: Premier IT firms provide support outside of standard business hours, ensuring help is always available when needed.

4. Proactively Monitor Your Network: Your IT service should actively monitor your systems to identify and resolve issues before you even need to report them.

5. Maintain a Customer-Centric System: They should have an easy-to-use ticketing system that allows customers to effortlessly submit requests and track the resolution process.

6. Implement Robust Cybersecurity Measures: A dependable IT provider will have comprehensive cybersecurity strategies to protect your business from threats like ransomware and data breaches.

7. Provide Transparent and Detailed Billing: It's important to understand exactly what you're paying for to ensure you are not being overcharged.

8. Ensure Protection Through Insurance: Verify that your IT provider carries cyber liability and errors and omissions insurance to safeguard against any potential issues.

These characteristics are crucial for providing the kind of IT support that not only resolves problems but also prevents them, allowing your business to operate smoothly and securely.

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9. Emphasize Regular Data Backups: It is imperative that your IT provider places a high priority on regularly testing backups to ensure data integrity and readiness for disaster recovery. This crucial practice helps prevent data loss.

10. Consistently On Time and Within Budget: Dependable IT providers are known for consistently delivering projects on schedule and within the agreed-upon budget. If your current provider frequently exceeds budget or fails to meet deadlines, it might be time to consider switching to a provider who can effectively communicate and proactively address issues as they arise during project implementation.

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