Managed Services Executive Commentary

  1. The Automation Imperative: Three Steps To Success For MSPs
    7/30/2014

    The future of managed services is as bright as it has ever been. A study by consulting firm MarketsandMarkets projects the industry to jump from $14.75 billion in 2013 to $265.05 billion in 2018. That’s about a 1700 percent increase. While this is incredible news, dramatic growth predictions like this often change the dynamics of an industry, making it much more competitive. And for managed service providers (MSPs), the dynamics are changing fast.

  2. Build A Foolproof Managed Services Sales Strategy
    7/30/2014

    When it comes to selling managed services, most managed services providers (MSPs) understand the benefits to the customers — less downtime, more scalability, and predictable monthly IT costs, all for a fair price. Where many MSPs struggle is predicting how much time they’re going to invest in monitoring and troubleshooting customers’ IT assets and then establishing a monthly price based on that estimate.

  3. 4 Tips For Avoiding Professional Growing Pains With Automation
    7/30/2014

    Is your professional business growing? Great! You’re in very good company. While the professional service sector makes up only 12 percent of the U.S. economy, it is responsible for almost one in four new jobs being created in this recovery — so stand proud you’re doing your part twice over!

  4. You Never Get A Second Chance: Onboarding Your New Employees
    7/30/2014

    You’ve hired a new employee: congratulations!  It took hours of work and lots of expense to make that happen, and your team is relieved to know help is on the way. The new employee is excited too. They show up on day one, ready and eager to begin the next chapter of their working lives. But there’s just one problem: nothing was prepared. The receptionist doesn’t know who they are; their manager isn’t at that location; and they have no desk, computer or phone. At this point they are beginning to think they may have made a bad choice. 

  5. 5 Keys To Increasing MSP Sales Part 5: Believe In Change
    7/28/2014

    Achieving dramatically different results requires taking dramatically different actions. More of the same won't get it done. The answer is not as easy as adding some new technical feature or as simple as hiring the right sales person. 

  6. Which Backup Solution Is Right For Your Customer?
    7/25/2014

    For many enterprises, there may be nothing more important than having the right backup solution in place for their data. There are three basic enterprise backup solutions: traditional, cloud, and hybrid. All three have their merits depending on the needs of a company. Some considerations to think about while analyzing what solution is best for your client: what type of data do we need to store? Are we storing the entire data for a corporation or only certain data sets that are constantly changing? These answers can affect the solution you ultimately choose.

  7. Is Your Workforce Ready For The Internet Of Everything?
    7/25/2014

    Futurist Ray Kurzweil believes that the 21st century will be equivalent to 20,000 years of progress at today’s rate — about 1,000 times greater than the 20th century. In just the first two decades of the 21st century, the pace of this progress has created opportunities as well as challenges for businesses and governments around the world. A primary driver of these changes is the Internet of Everything (IoE).

  8. 3 Ways To Build Wealth With The As-A-Service Business Model
    7/25/2014

    On my way to work I pass a billboard advertising the Connecticut Lottery.  They now have two games available with a ”win for life” top prize — very tempting until you look at the odds of winning.  Every day I play a different type of game — my “win for life”' strategy is based on recurring revenue streams in my managed IT services business.

  9. Mastering Service Delivery Through Ticketing
    7/24/2014

    Efficiency through automation is essential to growth, but it’s customer satisfaction with service delivery that’s critical to long-term profitability. It’s not only the technology in place, but how it’s used—and incorporated into a relationship with clients—that shapes success.

  10. 5 Keys To Increasing MSP Sales Part 4: Have A Sales Focus
    7/21/2014

    I speak in front of IT providers at many live events each year. During these events I poll the audience to see how many people have a goal of increasing their managed services revenue and normally over 95 percent of the hands in the audience go up. Then I ask how many people have a dedicated resource focused only on adding new managed services agreements. Very few hands are raised.

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