When buying IT Support services, you will often see terms such as “break/Fix” or “managed service”. You may be wondering what the difference is and what is right for you. If you want to buy IT Support services you need to understand the differences so you can decide on the correct service and thus the correct supplier. In this article we aim to help you with this decision even if this means you decide we are not the correct partner for you.
This is the traditional model of IT support and exactly as the name suggests, the client reports a breakage and the IT provider fixes it.
Support will typically be charged for on a time and materials used basis.
IT providers will either charge on a Pay As You Go basis, or through charging for a block of hours in advance which will be eaten into with each fix that is carried out.
With this model the client takes on the risk of the costs of downtime and repairs.
The Managed Service model is where the client agrees to pay a monthly fee for multiple services. The managed services will include items like:-
Many providers will have Service Level Agreements which set maximum response times for different severities of service requests.
Normally all support is included within the monthly fee although some providers will apply strict charges for anything that is not considered within the scope of Support. With these providers changes are sometimes referred to as “Change Requests” and are chargeable.
The monthly fee can be charged per user, per device or for very large contracts for a “full managed service”
With the Managed Service model, you need to carefully compare providers to ensure you are comparing apples with apples!
With this model the IT Service provider takes the risk of the cost of downtime and repairs. It is in the interest of the service provider to resolve issues quickly and before they present as problems.
Ultimately only you can decide what is right for your business. But we hope the explanations we have provided above will help you with your decision. If you still have some questions about what is right for you then please reach out to us and we will help you make the right decision for you.