Technology shapes every business. And many organisations rely on managed service providers (MSPs) to maintain their IT infrastructure.

From managing networks and servers to providing round-the-clock technical support, MSPs play a pivotal role in ensuring businesses can focus on their core objectives.

There are plenty of MSPs out there, both locally and overseas. So, making the right choice can be a challenge for many businesses.

This brings us to an important question: should businesses opt for a local, 100% Australia-based MSP or look for offshore options?

In this article, we’ll explore the advantages of choosing a local MSP for your business, and how partnering with a provider based in Australia can lead to better outcomes for your company’s IT needs.

Section I – Advantages of Choosing Local

You Don’t Talk to a Script

Nobody likes talking to a robot. When you call for help you want answers. You want to feel heard and understood. Unfortunately, overseas call centres rely heavily on scripted conversations.

There’s often a good reason for this. Some certain guidelines and protocols must be followed in customer support. However, there’s a fine line between being prepared and being overly scripted. Overseas call centres often fall into the latter; offering irrelevant or impersonal responses.

Scripted conversations are frustrating, they lack the empathy and human touch required to truly connect. This is especially true when support staff are unfamiliar with your specific needs or local context.

Support staff at a 100% Australia-based MSP are trained to listen, understand, and respond to your concerns without resorting to scripted answers. These genuine, meaningful conversations are the key to building trust and providing exceptional service.

Localised Support & Personalised Service

Naturally one of the most significant advantages of choosing a local, Australia-based MSP is the level of local support and personalised service they can offer. With a local MSP, you enjoy better communication and a more tailored approach to your organisation’s needs. Local providers are often more attuned to the unique needs of businesses in their region. They share a similar business culture and deeply understand local customer expectations.

By choosing a 100% Australia-based MSP you’re picking a team that understands the latest technology and industry best practices. That’s a given. However, you’re also working with one that truly understands the Australian market.

What does that look like?

It means that they can effectively anticipate and address the specific needs of your business, ensuring a higher level of satisfaction and successful outcomes. This familiarity with local business culture can lead to more productive collaborations. Because the MSP will be better equipped to grasp your company’s goals and priorities.

Don’t forget about accessibility

Furthermore, a local MSP is more accessible for face-to-face meetings, fostering stronger working relationships and smoother communication. This is important during critical situations or when you need immediate assistance.

When you’re in a crisis, you want your MSP to respond immediately.

This leads us to…

Faster Response Times and On-Site Support

With a local MSP, you get faster response times. Simple as that.

Since they’re close to your business, local MSPs can more quickly address support requests, diagnose issues, and provide solutions.

This means you have reduced downtime and increased productivity for your organisation. Your local MSP will resolve any IT-related problems efficiently and effectively.

The availability of on-site support is another important benefit of working with a local MSP. When you encounter hardware issues or face an emergency, having a local team that can be physically present at your premises can make all the difference.

They can provide hands-on assistance, make repairs, or replace faulty equipment when needed. This is a level of direct support you simply won’t get from an overseas MSP. And it’s invaluable for maintaining the smooth operation of your business and minimizing disruption.

In addition to these practical benefits, faster response times and on-site support can bring you greater peace of mind. Knowing that a local team of experts is readily available to assist with any IT challenges can help you focus on your core operations, confident that your technology is in capable hands.

Data Security and Regulatory Compliance

Working with a 100% Australia-based MSP offers significant benefits when it comes to data security and regulatory compliance. By partnering with a provider that understands and adheres to Australian data privacy regulations and compliance requirements, you can be confident that your sensitive information is managed securely.

Australian businesses must comply with the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) and the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme.

A local MSP will have in-depth knowledge of these rules and regulations. As such, they can guide your business in implementing the necessary policies and procedures to maintain compliance. This helps protect your business from potential fines and legal repercussions. Furthermore, it also enhances your reputation among customers and partners who value data privacy and security.

Data sovereignty

Data sovereignty is another crucial consideration when choosing an MSP. Data sovereignty means that Australian data is kept in Australia, and controlled by Australians.

Storing data in Australia ensures that it remains under the jurisdiction of Australian laws and regulations. Businesses that operate offshore simply cannot offer the same protections as a 100% Australia-based MSP.

There is much greater peace of mind knowing that your data is stored and managed in a secure, regulated environment.

Supporting The Local Economy and Job Market

Choosing a local, 100%-based MSP provides your business with numerous operational benefits and contributes to the growth and development of the Australian economy and job market. By choosing a local provider, you’re investing in your community, fostering the creation of local jobs, and supporting the development of Australia’s IT industry.

Local MSPs hire skilled professionals within the country, which in turn helps retain local talent and reduce brain drain. As the demand for IT services grows, the need for skilled workers in the field increases.

By partnering with a local MSP, you’re directly contributing to the development of a sustainable IT job market in Australia.

Moreover, supporting local businesses creates a positive ripple effect throughout the Australian economy. Your investment stays in the country, strengthening our economy and encouraging further IT sector growth. This in turn leads to more innovation, job opportunities, and improved services for Australian businesses.

After all, a rising tide lifts all boats.

You Know Who You’re Getting

If the above reasons aren’t enough, maybe the James Bond-esque nature of this next one will be enough to convince you.

In a plot seemingly lifted from a spy novel, recent investigations have revealed how North Korean IT workers have been secretly infiltrating Western technology companies.

These individuals, armed with fabricated identities, counterfeit documents, and well-rehearsed scripts, managed to bypass hiring protocols, embedding themselves within tech teams.

The ramifications of this are not just limited to corporate espionage; some of these workers have reportedly funnelled their earnings back to North Korea, possibly financing activities that pose a threat to global security.

In light of this, the value of a 100% Australia-based MSP becomes clear. Opting for local IT support not only assures you of transparent and familiar professional relationships but also acts as a safeguard against international security risks.

By choosing a local provider, you gain the peace of mind that comes from knowing who exactly is managing your technology – individuals whose backgrounds, expertise, and adherence to Australian legal and ethical standards are clear and verifiable.

This choice isn’t just about supporting the local economy; it’s a strategic decision to protect your business from global IT threats.

Section II – The Challenge of Overseas Call Centres

It’s important to recognise that not all MSPs are created equal. Many Australia-based MSPs choose to outsource their support services to overseas call centres. They do this in an attempt to cut costs. However, this decision comes with its own set of challenges for businesses that rely on these providers for critical IT support.

In this section, we’ll look into the potential issues businesses may encounter when working with overseas call centres. By understanding the potential pitfalls of working with an MSP that relies on overseas support, you can make a more informed decision about the best provider for your business needs.

Communication Barriers and Cultural Differences

Communication barriers and cultural differences often arise when businesses work with overseas call centres. Language barriers can make it difficult to convey complex technical issues or understand the solutions provided by support staff. This lack of clear communication can result in confusion, frustration, and delays in resolving issues.

Furthermore, cultural differences can impact the level of understanding and empathy support staff have for your specific needs. This can lead to misalignment with your values and goals, potentially resulting in suboptimal support experiences.

Contrast this with a 100% Australia-based IT support service that is more likely to have a better understanding of local business culture and customer expectations.

Time Zone Challenges

Another challenge businesses face when working with overseas call centres is the impact of time zone differences on availability and responsiveness. If your MSP support team is in a different time zone, it can lead to inconvenient delays. This is especially problematic when urgent issues arise. You don’t want to wait several hours or even until the next day for support.

Reduced Quality of Service

Working with overseas call centres can also lead to reduces the quality of service.

For instance, support staff in overseas call centres may lack in-depth knowledge of your specific IT environments. Not to mention local regulations. This can make it difficult for them to provide accurate and efficient solutions to your IT challenges. Additionally, they might not be fully aware of local business practices and norms.

On the other hand, a 100% Australia-based support team has a deeper understanding of your business and local regulations. This enables them to provide higher quality services that are tailored to your needs.

A support team that is familiar with the local landscape can offer you proactive and targeted solutions. Ones that address root causes of IT issues, rather than generic fixes.

Our Commitment to Local Support

At Stanfield IT, we are dedicated to providing 100% Australia-based support to ensure a superior customer experience for our clients. We firmly believe in the benefits of having a local support team. It allows us to offer personalised service, faster response times, and a deeper understanding of the unique needs of our client’s businesses.

This commitment means that you can trust our team to effectively communicate with you, address concerns efficiently, and help you navigate any challenges you face in your IT environment. We understand the local business landscape; and your expectations. That means we can offer tailored solutions that truly make a difference.

Choosing Stanfield IT as your local, 100% Australia-based MSP is more than just a strategic business decision. It’s a commitment to quality and a partnership built on trust.

With our unwavering dedication to local support, you can rest assured that you’ll receive the best possible care and attention.

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