IT Service Provider Agreement: Everything You Need to Know
An IT service provider agreement is a written contract between an IT provider and a client and details the level of service the provider will offer the client.3 min read
An IT service provider agreement is a written contract between an IT provider and a client and details the level of service the provider will offer the client. This agreement includes services provided, minimum response time, and provider liability protection. It also outlines the payment agreement between the two parties.
Elements of an IT Service Provider Agreement
An IT service provider agreement is the most common type of managed service agreement. The majority of managed services agreements include terms and conditions used to control all transactions between the client and the provider. A managed services agreement exists to created a long-term business relationship with a client. The client can be assured that they can rely on a single provider for their needs.
The service provider agreement should explain when provider liability is limited. Clients also need to be provided with applicable fees and given a payment schedule.
An IT service provider creates and/or maintains IT systems for the client. The service provider can take on responsibility for client computer systems already in place before it started managing the client's network services.
With cloud-based service providers, IT services provided could include receiving and storing customer's personal and business data. If systems malfunction, there could be dire consequences to the customer's business relations.
The service provider agreement should be exhaustive in providing details about technical support provided, escalation procedures, hours of service coverage, and exceptions and surcharges for services provided outside of normal hours of service. The agreement should detail not only the services provided but also services excluded from the contract.
Misunderstandings and disputes could crop up if the contract is unclear in its description of pricing and metrics or what services the contract covers and what they cost.
If subcontractors are hired by the service provider to help provide certain services, the agreement should document what client information is available to subcontractors.