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Managed Services vs traditional IT Support – an overview

Managed Services is a term used to describe a new model of IT management. What differentiates Managed Services from traditional IT support is that the responsibility – and risk associated with – managing your IT systems shifts to the Managed Services Provider.


Traditionally, your IT support company worked a lot like a plumber – you called them when something was broken. They then sent somebody to look at the problem. He or she would troubleshoot the problem and send you a bill afterwards for the time spent resolving the issue. The emphasis is on reacting to problems that have already occured. The IT support provider’s service is judged by how quickly they can attend to a problem – but by the time you are aware of a problem, it’s already too late. Data is lost, downtime is incurred, productivity is reduced, etc.

Disadvantages of traditional “break-fix” IT support


In the traditional break-fix IT support model, your interests are at loggerheads with those of your service provider:




To summarise: there is no win-win scenario when it comes to break-fix IT support because, in order for you to get the best service and support out of a break-fix service provider, they would have to put your interests above their own. It is a fundamentally flawed model – in fact, the economists have a name for this. They call it the “Agency Dilemma”. It exists whenever a customer relies on a service provider who is not incentivised to achieve the same ends as what the client desires.


Advantages of Y2K IT Consultancy


Unlike the old “break-fix” IT Support model, our Managed Services align the interest of the service provider (in this case, Y2K) with those of the client – namely you. Both parties desire for the client’s network to be absolutely stable – because they both lose money when anything goes wrong. In the event of downtime, you lose productivity, while we lose our most precious resource – technical support time. As a result of this alignment, we are incentivised to work harder and smarter to ensure that your network remains 100% stable.



As you can see, Y2K’s Managed Services align the interests of both parties – yours and ours. This is why we call it a partnership! For the first time ever, you can rest assured that your IT service provider really has your best interests at heart.


We are so confident in the value we can add with our Managed Services, that we offer a 3 month probation period during which you can terminate our services without notice.