Managed Services: The Future of Access Control

With everything that is involved in managing a business – human resources, facilities maintenance, finance — it’s no wonder that small to medium sized organizations can get distracted with running their business and, as a result, have less time to spend actually growing it. To combat this, companies are finding creative ways to be able to concentrate on their core competencies and outsource non-core services such as payroll, IT services, as well as building security and access control.

It used to be that access control or other security processes had to be handled in-house – often requiring current employees to take on these important responsibilities as a part-time job. This  13 DSC 0036 300x300sometimes resulted in continual training on the system, which in turn created maintenance inefficiencies and security breaches.  When employees take on security as a part-time role, their primary job suffers and so does the access control system. 

The advent of cloud based access control is allowing companies to refocus their time and energy back to their core business. Whether a company has a few doors and a couple hundred people to manage or it needs coverage for thousands of people and entry points, the scalability of cloud based access control makes it easy for businesses to meet their ever-changing access needs.

Outsourcing security also reduces capital and operating expenses by eliminating the need to hire and train specialized staff and commit dedicated resources, such as PCs, software, OS updates and IT involvement.  By migrating to a cloud based access control system, companies can return some of the funds that would have paid for infrastructure or IT involvement to their core business. The total annual cost of a cloud based access control system is less than that of a traditional access control system. 

Managed services can also offer businesses an à la carte choice of security services tailored to the unique needs of the enterprise, where organizations can choose how much of the access control system functions they would like to retain inhouse — such as creating a photo ID card — or what functions are better outsourced.  The rise of mobile and web-delivered applications also allows security managers on the go to easily control many of these common security functions. In a managed service environment, business can not only choose their own level of involvement in their system but can also choose when, where and how they can use the system with mobile and browser based system interfaces.

Managed services is the sum of all that’s good:  cost savings, improved security, an unparalleled experience and the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your security solution is being professionally managed.

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