Managed IT Service Provider IT Risk Managers provides network support, network security and IT services for your Chicago business. A top IT Managed Service Provider has the resources in place to make sure you can focus on your business. Use or MSP services to help support the IT needs of your business.

16 Oct 2018

Help Desk Outsourcing Services in Chicago

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Help Desk Outsourcing Services for your business needs

Have you ever asked your people how long they must wait for IT Support or help desk support for your company?

The answers may help you determine if a help desk outsourcing solution is right for your business. Imagine if you could receive courteous, professional customer service for IT issues by making a simple phone call, opening a chat session, or sending an email. With IT Risk Managers LLC’s  help desk outsourcing solution you can. Your employees can call our IT Support help desk and receive expert support from our certified technicians in a very reasonable time-frame. Our expert IT Support help desk technicians are specifically trained as help desk IT support technicians and can help. It may be a device, software issue or a problem with your network. Our help desk outsourcing experts are there to help. Put your frustrations on hold when you bring your help desk issues to our team.Our Managed IT Services help desk team can help.

IT Help Desk Outsourcing helps your Internal IT Team

Today’s internal IT Support people are swamped with other projects, and high value needs of the business. There is very little ROI in having a high level engineering team handle help desk tickets. Even though they may love providing help desk support, it’s not a valuable investment of their time. Consider a trained help desk technician and help desk outsourcing solution to help your internal IT team succeed, and drive a better ROI on your IT spend. Your IT leader can turn over Level 1 IT Support and help desk services to us while his internal team tackles more important projects and higher business value projects and leave the IT Support and help desk service needs to us. It will end up freeing up your team and will actually save money through increased productivity and efficiencies.

Our Help Desk outsourcing team supports:

Microsoft and Apple Desktop OS help desk support

Microsoft Office

Email Applications and Web Browsers

Hardware and Network Troubleshooting

Printer Installation and Support

Mobile Phones and Tablets

User Administration

File or Folder Permissions

Password Resets

Desktop Performance Problems

Virus and Malware Infections

…And More…Ask and we can probably help.

Contacting our IT Support Help Desk Team

We have several ways to contact our help desk services. You can get help desk services via Chat, Phone, or email. Your call goes directly into a help desk services queue. Most calls are answered in 30 seconds or less. Our IT Support and Managed IT Services team manage the help desk 24/7/365. Most issues can be resolved remotely. And if the issue cannot be resolved remotely, our Chicago IT Support team will be dispatched for a site visit to resolve the issue.

IT Help-desk Training and Knowledge Base

We also have a quality assurance program for our help desk outsourcing solution. All help desk calls and help desk ticket notations are recorded, to ensure all our help desk IT support people are delivering great IT Support services.We also have a great knowledge base for our Help desk outsourcing solutions team. Knowledge management enables us to share help desk solutions amongst our team, to make sure we have the latest answers and resolutions to your company’s IT Support and help desk needs.

Contact Rick Bolda at 630-918-7370 for more information or email

15 Oct 2018

Managed IT Services for your Chicago Business

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Managed IT Services for your Chicago Business

Make no mistake having the right IT support partner in place for your Chicago Business is as important as having the right CPA firm in place to take care of your taxes. IT Technologies have become more complex, and challenging.  Expecting an internal IT person to be able to manage and stay on top of all the different technologies out there is not realistic. Just knowing which direction or what investment needs to be made regarding Information Technology systems is difficult. There is a ton of opportunities to save money, make your systems more reliable, and secure, but you need a Managed IT Service partner who deals with IT 24/7 to help.

CIO Services from your Managed IT Service Provider

One of the first steps is making sure the IT Managed Service company you choose has a strategic IT leader that can match your business needs with the Information Technology systems available in today’s market. Normally a CIO handles this role. Many small and mid size businesses can not afford a full-time CIO, however a good Managed IT Service provider will have a CIO available for when you do need to make the right decision regarding an Information Technology Investment.

Network Operating Center from your Managed IT Services Company

Next, a good IT Managed Services company will have a Network Operating Center. A Network operating center is a place where network engineers can get systems telemetry information and alerting information so they can insure your Chicago IT systems are available and running how they are supposed to be running. Servers, workstations and network equipment have the ability to relay monitoring data that lets the NOC engineers know that everything is available and up to date, or that there is an outage or network problem that needs to be addressed.

Help Desk Services for your Chicago Business

A good IT Managed services company will also have a help desk. A help desk is the first line of remediation and response service that keep your users happy and keeps the systems working so they can do their jobs. You may have an important order on hold because a packing slip wasn’t printed. Or someone wasn’t able to do an important accounting task because the Internet is down. When you have a help desk issues like these can be moved on quickly so operations and production doesn’t get held up because of IT problems.

On-Site Services IT Managed Service companies

In the event that an IT problem needs someone to come on site, its important the IT Managed Services company has on-site engineers available to go on-site to fix the issue that couldn’t be handled remotely. On-Site engineers also need to be available to handle project implementations.

Cloud Services from your Managed IT Service Provider

Finally a good Manged IT Services company will offer you the cloud services you need to make your IT environment more cost effective and efficient. It is very important that they have a cloud backup service so your data can be recovered in the event of a failure at your main site. But you also need to look at which applications make sense to move to the cloud. It may make sense to move many services to the cloud, but sometimes cloud services are cost prohibitive, a good IT Managed Service partner will help give direction regarding cloud services.


If you need support or have further questions regarding IT Managed Services you can call Rick Bolda at 630-918-7370 or email


14 Sep 2018

Yammer a great Office 365 Tool and it’s free with Office 365

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Yammer Office 365 is a great communications tool

Yammer Office 365 Tool

Yammer Office 365 has replaced whiteboards for me. I admit it I was a whiteboard junkie. And I mean physical hanging on the wall erasable whiteboard junkie. I had 4 boards in my office and a large board in the conference room. And each of my team members had boards in their offices. I would track orders, projects, costs, margins, man-hours well you get the picture. But that was some time ago. I must admit I wasn’t really happy with other Microsoft products for bulletin board, whiteboard type needs. That is until I met Yammer! I’ve recently started using yammer and maybe you’ve already tried it but if you haven’t and you have Office 365 give it a go. Yammer is part of the Office 365 subscription.

Yammer Office 365 works like an office bulletin board 

It works like a company bulletin board or company whiteboard however conversations and postings are memorialized. It’s similar to Facebook but better in a business way. And you can easily scan previous conversations and postings quickly to see where things are at. You can put file attachments with postings. You can forward conversations. You can have a bunch of different groups and boards, that can be shared, made public or kept private, depending on how you want to use it. You can also look at attachments that are connected to the post. I wouldn’t use it as a project management tool Office 365 has other better project management tools. But as far as a communications tool and a bulletin board it’s great!

We use Yammer Office 365 very informally

On our company board I have techs who are posting what they’re up to for the day. For instance, I’m at Client ABC and I’m working with Janet on setting up her new laptop.Or John over at Company XYZ needs pricing on a few laptops. These aren’t formal help desk tickets just a heads up on different things going on like various projects, client information requests, vendor questions things like that. We use it very informally. I want to keep it upbeat and positive so people can communicate in an open team mate scenario. I don’t want to use it to micro mange people. It’s great for today’s generation Y flat organizational structure!

Other Useful Yammer Office 365 Features

Some of the other features that are useful is being able to attach files to posts. It maybe something as simple as a lunch outing invite or a more serious technical bulletin release that needs to be quickly distributed to the engineering team. It can also be configured on your smart-phone so you receive alerting when something is posted to a group you belong to or a response to a conversation thread occurs. You can also update and post from your smart phone.

Yammer Office 365 is free with your Office 365 subscription

And one of the best features is if you have Office 365 you can download Yammer and get started today. It’s actually a very simple uncomplicated tool. Start small with a couple of close team members and see how it goes. Then you can roll it out to larger groups and see better uses for it as you go along. Go here for more information on IT Managed Service offerings.

Good luck posting and of course if you have questions reach out to your ITRM tech. Or call Rick Bolda at 630-918-7370.

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25 Aug 2018

Managed IT Services make sense for Non-Profits

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Managed IT Services for Nonprofits

Managed IT Services make sense for Non-Profit Organizations

Successful Non-Profit organizations are dedicated to furthering their social mission. Advocating for the primary goal of their organization, growing supporters, growing donors are all primary to the success of the non-profit. Nonprofit organizations are accountable to the donors, funders, volunteers, program recipients, and the public community. A key component to enabling the goals of a non-profit is technology. And this technology can be delivered through a Managed IT Services relationship.


Technology is key for Nonprofits

Using technology to initiate actions, make connections and grow awareness in their community is key to a successful nonprofit. These actions and tasks must be tracked and measured. A key component to a successful nonprofit is their technology platform. But making every dollar count and stretching resources is a daily concern for non-profit executive leadership. That is why a Managed IT Service relationship is key to a successful nonprofit organization.


Save Money with Managed IT Services

Let’s start with the biggest driver for using Managed IT Services as a solution for non-profit organizations. Cost! Non-profits have a daily struggle with funding initiatives, maintaining employees, meeting budgets and managing costs. With a Managed IT services partner, non-profits can enjoy the technical benefits of a stable IT platform without carrying the overhead and costs.


Managed IT Support and SMB Help Desk

For example; the key to good IT Support or a successful IT solutions platform is the help desk. Making sure your nonprofit employees and managers have the tools necessary to do their jobs is access to a good SMB Help Desk solution. Small Medium Businesses (SMBs) are getting more options and access to SMB help desks without having to build out and finance their own help desk solution. A Managed Service IT Company will have a good SMB Help Desk to meet your needs.


NOC for Managed IT Solutions

Another platform necessary to maintain the technology of your Nonprofit organization is a NOC. A Network Operations Center or NOC is a part of a successful IT Support platform. A NOC provides the network monitoring and network security to make sure your nonprofit’s IT systems are available and doing what they are supposed to be doing. The NOC is 24/7 managed by IT engineers and IT support staff who make sure the systems are up to date and running. The NOC is something that all companies need, to manage their IT solutions properly. However, building a NOC for your own business especially a nonprofit organization is cost prohibitive.


It’s expensive to maintain Tier 3 engineers for non-profits

Another important piece to a successful IT Support and IT Solutions platform are network support, and network consulting people. These are the IT people that troubleshoot systems and fix things that can’t be resolved by the NOC or by the Help Desk. The issues are sometimes called Tier 3 support issues. Maintaining Tier 3 support is very expensive. A good Tier 3 support person may have a salary of $125k per year. All good managed IT services companies have several Tier 3 engineers. But as a nonprofit organization it doesn’t make sense to maintain a Tier 3 support team. It’s also very expensive!


Cybersecurity and the Nonprofit Organization

Nonprofit organizations have a lot of very important data. This data must be held in confidence. It may be donor data like tax info, social security numbers, addresses, and medical information. A good Managed IT Services firm will have a Cybersecurity team. The Cybersecurity team is responsible for making sure your company information and network doesn’t get breached. Hackers spend an enormous amount of time trying to hack systems. They especially attack vulnerable companies who can’t maintain full time cybersecurity teams to protect them. It would be very expensive to maintain a full-time cybersecurity expert to do what needs to be done to protect your non-profit organization’s’ data and systems. That’s why a good Managed IT Services firm can do this for you at a much less expensive cost.

Please call Rick Bolda at 630-918-7370 for more questions or email




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