Managed Services Executive Commentary

  1. 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).

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. The Pitfalls Of Automated Social Media Tools
    7/18/2014

    Like almost any marketing tool, social media can be a two-edged sword. If handled with care, a tweet can be engaging and appealing, generating brand awareness and positive consumer responses; if they are thoughtless or insensitive, they can severely damage your brand.

  6. Things To Include In Your Elevator Speech
    7/17/2014

    In this age of social media, coupled with our instant access to information from anywhere at any time, you might think the need for a traditional elevator pitch is obsolete. However, the old sales practice of crafting a short, succinct introduction to your organization may be more relevant than ever. 

  7. Cloud Service Providers — 4 Things To Measure Before Leaping
    7/17/2014

    As IT shops, both large and small, contemplate moving more of their systems off-premise and into the cloud, understanding how a potential service provider performs in real-world configurations is critical to a successful transition. Whether its bandwidth, uptime and availability, network peering points, ISPs, or even a high-level integrations like single sign-on (SSO), IT architects and administrators should “measure twice and ‘cutover’ once” before making the move to the cloud. With that in mind, here are four things to measure.

  8. 3 Security Strategies Worth Considering Along With EMV, BYOD
    7/17/2014

    A spate of high-profile data breaches and the ongoing threats posed by antiquated magnetic stripe technology has created the need for transformation across the retail and financial sectors — including the upcoming adoption of Europay-MasterCard-Visa (EMV) global standard chip cards throughout the U.S.

  9. As-A-Service: How To Retain Clients
    7/17/2014

    Congratulations, you’ve done it. You’ve started to accrue some service contracts and you’re beginning to appreciate all the advantages of a recurring revenue model. Now, it’s time to redirect some of your energy to making sure you keep all those clients who’ve made the transition with you.

  10. Is Cloud Profitability An Oxymoron?
    7/14/2014

    The IT channel exists because businesses — especially SMBs — have a difficult time keeping up with the demands of IT. Yet with the growing adoption of cloud computing, some industry pundits are questioning where the channel fits. To successfully ride this shifting IT environment, channel companies must move their focus from technology provider to service provider. In this way, channel companies can remain relevant and become even more valuable to their overloaded SMB customers.

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