Fulton May Solutions Ranked Among Top IT Providers Again

Fulton May Solutions was recently named to the 2017 MSPmentor 501 list—the IT channel’s most comprehensive ranking of leading Managed IT Services Providers (MSP’s). We’re proud to be recognized as one of the world’s most successful, progressive and innovative MSP’s for the second consecutive year.

The top MSP 501 companies ranked this year include organizations from around the world and from diverse technology and business backgrounds. Collectively, they amassed $14.48 billion in total revenue during 2016, up more than 15% from a year earlier.

“On behalf of MSPmentor, I would like to congratulate Fulton May Solutions for its recognition as an MSP 501 honoree,” said Aldrin Brown, Editor in Chief, MSPmentor. “The managed service provider market is evolving at a rapid pace and the companies showcased on the 2017 MSP 501 list represent the most agile, flexible and innovative organizations in the industry.”

Whether it’s getting more proactive, staying secure and compliant, preparing for the unexpected, moving to the cloud or simply looking for ways to save on technology services, turning it over to a first-caliber MSP makes good business sense.

Find out for yourself why Fulton May Solutions is ranked among the best.

Who Needs IT Consulting Services?

Business leaders and supervisors have undoubtedly seen the impact that modern technology has had on multiple industries throughout the economy. Advances such as the internet, automation technology, and cloud computing have completely changed the way most businesses conduct their daily activities. Without a doubt, the businesses that are going to maintain a competitive edge in today’s landscape are going to be those who maximize the potential of these technological advances; however, the rate of technological advance may be too fast for business leaders to educate themselves and make informed decisions. That is where qualified IT consulting services come in. With this in mind, who needs IT consulting services?

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5 Reasons Why Managed IT Services are Crucial to your IT Strategy

Development and implementation of an IT strategy is crucial to further advancement of your organization’s ever-growing performance goals. However, this task is hindered by a stagnant or diminishing budget. It can be overwhelming for IT managers to maintain a feasible budget for their business in conjunction with ensuring the performance, security, and operational goals are met. Budgeting experts advocate a predictable cost model such as managed IT services.

1. Predictable cost structure
Costs for an IT department include—but are not limited to—equipment, personnel and training to keep up with industry standards. Managed IT services incorporates these costs into one predictable monthly charge. With the expansion and evolution of your business, this single monthly cost can be scaled to meet business demands and address out-of-scope work.

2. Advanced risk management
The insurance industry calculates risk and promotes that insurance provides you with peace of mind. Managed IT services reflects that very same assurance.
Coverage can include:
-Any combination of coverage for the LAN, WAN, proprietary systems, user management or monitoring and alarms.
-Extended support models provide various levels of support (24×7, 8×5, on-incident, custom) that cater to a variety of business needs.
-Managed Services Providers (MSP’s) provide proper documentation, which can help mitigate sudden loss of critical IT personnel.
-Transferring incident response and other certification requirements, such as HIPAA for healthcare and PCI-DSS for financial institutions.

3. A shift in focus to your core business:
Building and progressing a business has enough challenges as it is. Building and maintaining fundamental IT infrastructure can be just as daunting. Companies choose to outsource their IT to a third-party MSP to then concentrate on revenue-generating initiatives.

4. Future-proof strategy:
The future holds an abundance of technical challenges for the security and operation of your business. Delegating the task of maintaining infrastructure parallel to current industry developments gives you the opportunity to focus on other aspects of your organization. Managed IT services is staffed with specialists that handle basic routers and firewalls to complex network environments and support. Let the experts focus on your company’s adaptation to market demands, while you dedicate your time to growth and achievement.

5. Better value:
Value of your business operations is crucial to success and customer satisfaction. Value is the outcome that weighs your investments. Managed IT services models have evolved over time through the hard work and commitment of many integrators and providers. Dedication to the perfection of its delivery resulted in benefits and features that greatly contribute to the equilibrium and profit of your company. Lower monthly costs, constructive operations, expert skill sets, more stringent service level agreements (SLA’s) and attractive service level objectives are just a few notable examples from an abundant list.

IT is at the core of most businesses; it is the underlying business engine. Your company could be investing substantial capital on building in-house operations for hardware, software and the skills required to maintain them.

However, the onsite IT staff may be limited to certain operations that are less modern, and a lot rarer, than the wide-array of operations needed for managed IT services.

What is Ransomware?

What is Ransomware?

Ransomware programs were released in the beginning 2013 that targets all versions of Windows computers, and most recently Apple Mac computers. These ransomwares will encrypt files using a strong encryption that is almost impossible to crack. When it has finished encrypting your files, it will display a Ransomware payment program that prompts you to send a ransom payment in order to decrypt the files.
If the payment is not made in time, access to all of the files will be lost. The only good way to recover from a Ransomware attack is by restoring from a backup (if you have one, and hopefully it’s recent).

How do you become infected with Ransomware

This infection is typically spread through emails sent to company email addresses that pretend to from Fedex, UPS, DHS, or even invoices. These emails traditionally contain a zip file that when opened will infect the computer. These zip files contain executables that are disguised as PDF files , office files or any sort of document that can use macros. The infection can also spread and wreak havoc on your network if not stopped.

How to prevent infection

Do not open emails from unknown senders. If you see anything suspicious, feel free to forward the email to SUPPORT@FULTONMAY.COM, or you can call us at 312-207-2200 to speak with a security engineer and how we can help.

PLEASE REMEMBER VIRUS PROTECTION IS NOT PERFECT AGAINST THESE THREATS. THE BEST DEFENSE IS USING YOUR GOOD JUDGEMENT WHEN THESE MESSAGES DO ARRIVE IN YOUR EMAIL

How Much Does IT Consulting Cost?

How Much Does IT Consulting Cost? Like many other consulting services, the cost of IT consulting will vary depending on the company and services provided. There are many different aspects of IT, and some businesses that are larger than others will require more extensive consulting to help manage their IT department. Before you can determine […]