Managed Services Executive Commentary

  1. Advice For A New MSP: Rediscover The Profitability Of Projects
    4/15/2015

    Fifteen years ago, the margin pressure faced by VARs by the success of Dell's direct online sales model (and the many others that followed) created the conditions for the evolution of the IT industry from the VAR to the managed services provider (MSP) — transitioning from making retail margins to a recurring revenue model with aligned interests was an exciting salvation for many IT businesses and professionals around the world.

  2. 20 Great Books That Can Help Build Your IT Solutions Provider’s Leadership Team
    4/14/2015

    Building a leadership team is an ongoing challenge. Yet it is one of the single most important tasks an owner/entrepreneur must do. Fortunately, there are many great books that can help make the task a little simpler.

  3. 4 Tips For Improving Financial Reporting
    4/14/2015

    Accurate and timely financial reporting can be a valuable tool in managing any size business. A leadership team equipped with accurate financial data is empowered to make quicker, more informed decisions and effectively keep up with changing market conditions.

  4. 3 PSA Pitfalls MSPs Should Avoid
    4/14/2015

    One of the most important aspects of running a successful managed services practice is being as efficient as possible. To address this need, many solutions providers rely on professional services automation (PSA) software. Selecting a PSA tool is a significant decision, since the software can and should become the heart of an managed service provider’s (MSP’s) operation.

  5. 4 Things To Consider When Protecting Apps And Data In The Cloud
    4/13/2015

    The debate about which cloud is the right for business — public, private or hybrid — has been ongoing and may never be completely resolved, but most will agree the choice depends on the business and its unique requirements.

  6. 25 “Leadership Learnings” To Help You At The Helm Of Your IT Solutions Provider
    4/9/2015

    I am blessed to be able to spend a lot of time with leaders from all over the globe. Over the years, I’ve collected some observations about the disciplines and habits they live by. Here is a compilation of things I’ve observed and learned as I’ve watched these leaders do what they do.

  7. How To Overcome The Disconnect Between Compliance And IT Security
    4/9/2015

    There is a huge disconnect between compliance and IT security, which I see every day while conducting compliance and security assessments.

  8. Ask Coach: How To Connect Better With People (In Particular Your IT Solutions Provider Staff)
    4/8/2015

    Q: How can I better connect with people (and in particular, my staff)? Coach: What do Maxwell Smart’s shoe phone and the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding have in common? Both teach valuable lessons on effectively connecting with others.

  9. 8 Top Traits To Look For In An Employee
    4/6/2015

    I am asked this question from time to time, and the quick answer reads a little bit like the Boy Scout credo: honest, thrifty reverent, etc. The full answer is a lot more complicated because the “perfect employee” is someone who fits into your organization and stays around for a long time as well. There is a great deal riding on your hiring, and companies that hire well typically thrive. 

  10. Top 10 Pieces Of Advice For A Growing MSP (If I Only Knew Then…)
    4/6/2015

    Building a managed services practice is a tedious and never ending process. I first got involved in building a managed service practice at HTS (Heartland Technology Solutions), back in 2005 when the topic became a focus for our HTG group. I sold HTS in 2012, but I still vividly recall the meeting in Madison, Wisconsin, when the group debated the idea of managed services — this concept of providing flat fee services for a monthly rate.

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