by Ian MacRae
President and CEO, E-N Computers
Updated July 10, 2023
Who are the best outsourced IT service providers in Richmond, Virginia? Here at E-N Computers, we meet with lots of people who want to get the best technology support for their home or business. As much as we’d love to “do it all”, not every opportunity is a good fit for the services we provide. But we do want everyone to find the technology solution that is right for them, so we frequently recommend other IT providers in and around Richmond that will be a better fit.
Having worked in the IT industry since 1997, I’ve had the opportunity to meet other IT business leaders at industry trade shows and conferences. We also occasionally conduct 3rd party audits or IT assessments for different companies, which gives us a chance to peek “behind the scenes” at the operations of other IT vendors.
Or we’ve been involved with transitioning a business to or from another IT service provider due to management shakeups or mergers and acquisitions. These experiences have helped me to develop this list of my top 5 choices for Richmond, Virginia cloud service providers, IT consultants, and managed service providers. Of course, the IT industry continues to change, and I’ll be reassessing my list based on some new mergers..
I previously listed Proxios as a top managed IT services provider laser-focused on cloud-hosted solutions. Their team exceled in modernizing enterprise IT infrastructure and revolutionizing IT departments. They were one of the few Richmond managed services providers who can take on large-scale cloud migrations – over 500 seats – in an orderly fashion.
But Proxios was acquired by SourcePass earlier this year. Proxios CEO Patrick Butler remains part of the team. So I hope to provide an update soon on how this transfer affects local Richmond business.
As a side note, Proxios had one of Richmond’s coolest offices, on the 17th floor of the Federal Reserve Building. Definitely check them out for managed IT cloud solutions in Richmond, even if it’s just for the chance to have lunch in the Federal Reserve cafeteria.
We want everyone in Richmond to find the IT solution that’s right for them.
A world away from Proxios’s commanding view, you’ll find NTS’s offices tucked away in a suburban Midlothian office park. But don’t let the humble environment fool you – NTS founder and president Bernard Robinson is one of the most energetic and focused IT leaders I know. He’s grown the company first in the Richmond location and then to a new office in Virginia Beach. NTS has been awarded the DiversityBusiness.com Top 100 Diversity Owned Business for several years running.
For government and private-public IT in Richmond, NTS can’t be beat. They’ve worked with numerous state and federal contractors and agencies over the years, including helping the Virginia DMV secure drivers’ records across the state.
TAG you’re IT! I’m right there with Technology Assurance Group CEO P. Sean Francis’s punny sense of IT humor. A relative newcomer to the Richmond IT scene, especially compared with some of the older names on this list, TAG was founded in the mid-2000s.
I had the opportunity to get to know Sean over beers at ConnectWise partner events through the years, and the energy and fresh perspective he brings to the IT business in Richmond is a welcome change. One thing I appreciate is that TAG offers e-waste recycling. E-waste is a growing problem, and few IT providers are able to address it and the data security concerns that come with it.
TAG provides quality IT support to the backbone of Richmond small businesses, including the Mom & Pop shops and neighborhood doctors’ offices that we all depend on.
9327 Midlothian Turnpike #2C
Richmond, VA 23235
Sklar has been around since the beginning. Founded in 1982 and run by second-generation CEO Randy Sklar, they truly offer community, business and thought leadership in the Richmond IT space. Randy has served on the board of the Virginia Council of CEOs and regularly posts insightful videos to his YouTube channel. He also leads Team Sklar, a charity dedicated to supporting those impacted by childhood cancer and hunger.
Brent Atwood, CEO of Atwood Printers in Sandston, says it best: “Sklar Technology Partners definitely sees their role as ‘the client first.’”
Richmond area office
7462 Old Hickory Drive
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Drum roll please – my #1 pick for best IT service company in Richmond was SyCom Technologies. Founded in 1996, SyCom was launched with the aim of providing world-class IT service and support. some 20 years later, they continued to accomplish this as they’ve become one of the largest IT solution providers in the Mid-Atlantic region.
And then they were purchased by InterVision. InterVision’s headquarters is in Chesterfield, Missouri, and they have 11 offices globally. So we’ll be updating this one as well..
SyCom served more than 800 companies across the spectrum of industries. For large enterprises looking for a ground-up IT transformation, SyCom couldn’t be beat. I’ve personally seen them bail out several companies who have experienced serious network security incidents as well.
InterVision’s East Coast office
1801 Bayberry Court
Richmond, VA 23226
Then there’s us, E-N Computers. My “best of” list wasn’t to sell ourselves, but I do want you to know where we fit into the local IT landscape and why my opinion would even matter.
I started E-N Computers in 1997 in my garage. More than 25 years later, we’ve grown into a regional outsourced IT provider with fully managed and co-managed services. Our specialty is small businesses that are grappling with security issues and compliance standards like ITAR, DFARS, CMMC and HIPAA. We are one of the few registered CMMC practitioner organizations in the area. We have a long history of working with non profits, schools and libraries. We also offer strategic IT consulting and digital transformation – business services that are normally out of reach to smaller organizations.
Our Richmond office
3026A W. Cary St.
Richmond, VA 23221
Our corporate headquarters
215 Fifth St.
Waynesboro, VA 22980
So there you have it – my top 5 IT service providers in Richmond. Whether you choose E-N Computers for your managed IT needs, or one of these companies is a better fit for you, we want you to get the IT support you need.
If you’d like to talk about your business IT needs, please reach out to us via the contact form. We’ll be happy to schedule a free 45-minute consultation to discuss how you can leverage IT as a strategic asset for your organization.