A carpenter needs tools to do the job; those who work in visual effects need IT infrastructure. That’s the hardware, software, and network components that produce the incredible computer-generated imagery that breathes life into our entertainment. But with so many VFX studio artists, engineers, assistants, and other technical staff still working from home, maintaining all this complicated infrastructure has been a challenge over the last year or so.
As teams return to the office or studio, more VFX companies are seeking cost-effective solutions to IT maintenance. Managed Service Providers (MSP) provide VFX teams with the production IT expertise, proactive support, remote monitoring, and security they deserve. Here’s why you need an MSP too.
Lack of IT Structure
Whether you’re the CEO of a video game company, an animator, or an administrator, IT plays a significant role in your job. But if you have too many systems, or too much software, expect all kinds of tech-related problems can crop up:
- Poor communication between team members
- No accountability
- No traceability
- Team members might have the same tech assets but use different IT strategies for maintenance because there’s no uniformity across your organization
- Data loss/data degradation
- Lots and lots of downtime
A lack of IT structure impacts your quality of work and leads to high-consequence failures. With no operational focus, VFX production workflows will grind to a halt. Business continuity will stop. Creativity will die.
Legacy systems pose significant challenges for both in-office, and at-home VFX teams. These programs hinder productivity and are vulnerable to security risks such as malware and data breaches. VFX companies are reliant on these tools, which opens up all kinds of cyber-security concerns.
Data security has become an enormous concern for those in the VFX industry (remember the Sony Pictures hack?). Many production companies don’t have the resources to manage these threats. But managed IT services can help reinforce your security measures in place to ensure it doesn’t get overridden.
Many production companies don’t have a good enough IT strategy. The pandemic has exasperated this problem, with IT teams issuing inadequate task instructions to team members about maintaining a strong network from home. Then there’s the problem of reactive maintenance when VFX companies solve IT issues only after equipment has already broken down. These reactive routines often do more harm than proactive maintenance routines.
How Can an MSP Solve These Problems?
An MSP keeps VFX pipelines moving with these solutions:
- Monitoring every component of your IT infrastructure. Think software, hardware, servers, networks, etc. An MSP does all this from a remote location, eliminating the costs associated with hiring an in-house IT team.
- Preventing the costly IT problems that arise from inadequate task instructions, reactive maintenance, and legacy systems. MSPs identify IT-related problems quickly, saving you money.
- Upgrading legacy systems and recommending software that benefits your VFX studio team. You can make smarter IT investments.
- Recommending other IT services and tools that speed up workflows, such as cloud solutions and LAX workstation rentals.
- Lightening the load by taking care of all your IT maintenance tasks so you can get back to what you do best: Visual effects.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult to maintain the IT of an VFX studio. Social distancing and stay-at-home orders have rendered in-house IT teams ineffective, leaving VFX and post-production staff struggling with complex technology. Hiring an MSP can solve these problems and optimize visual effects workflows.
Are you looking for an MSP for your VFX company? With GPL Technologies, you get access to highly experienced IT specialists. Contact us for more information.