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New Report Reveals Contact Centers Still Playing Catch Up To Digital Demand

Global ICT services and solutions provider Dimension Data has found that, despite the continued explosion of digital contact as a customer engagement tool, contact centers are still playing catch-up when it comes to digital demand.

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MSP-FOCUSED MAGAZINE ARTICLES

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MSP-FOCUSED EXECUTIVE COMMENTARY

  • 4 Considerations For VARs Ready To Put Managed Network Security Services At Their Core
    4 Considerations For VARs Ready To Put Managed Network Security Services At Their Core

    VARs continue to be tasked with shifting their business models to keep up with the growing interest in “as-a-Service” solutions across the IT channel. The challenge today is developing the right strategy and identifying which specific managed services can increase business efficiencies and profits for the end user. VARs should keep their pulse on trends occurring around the Third Platform and the managed services opportunities that result from having billions of mobile devices deployed around the world, combined with the burgeoning amount of data being generated. Network security can be an attractive, if not imperative, starting point for VARs to offer managed services.

  • Keys To Managing Customer Relationships
    Keys To Managing Customer Relationships

    The keys to managing customer relationships are the same as managing any personal relationship. It boils down to listening, being a good partner, having good rapport, building trust, being transparent, having integrity, and being there when someone needs you. A good customer-IT solutions provider relationship is like a successful marriage.

  • How EMI And BI Drive Operational Performance For Your Manufacturing Clients
    How EMI And BI Drive Operational Performance For Your Manufacturing Clients

    To be able to leverage enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI) and business intelligence (BI), it is importance to understand what each brings to the table for a manufacturer. Do you know the differences between enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI) and business intelligence (BI)? Are they interchangeable? Complementary?

  • 5 Reasons Your IT Clients Should Adopt A Business Rules Management System
    5 Reasons Your IT Clients Should Adopt A Business Rules Management System

    Today’s enterprise is working harder than ever for increased effectiveness and agility in business operations. The management of business decisions is a critical means to achieving these goals, and operations and IT teams should be able to quickly modify the business rules that affect decisions.

  • Not All Of Your IT Clients Want The Cloud
    Not All Of Your IT Clients Want The Cloud

    Cloud computing is the hot thing in IT and your clients might be hearing it’s inevitable. Marketers will try to convince your clients that their data should be in the cloud, sooner or later. Maybe. Maybe not.

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MSP-FOCUSED WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES

  • Report Your Way To A Better Customer Relationship
    Report Your Way To A Better Customer Relationship

    Running a successful managed services business is all about managing relationships. You need to constantly ensure that you are meeting your customers’ needs or they will take their IT business elsewhere.

  • 2 Reasons You Should Rethink Your IaaS Go-To-Market Strategy

    IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) is proving to be a leading service within the exploding cloud computing market. Gartner, for example, predicts that IaaS will achieve a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 41.3% through 2016, the fastest growing area of public cloud computing the research firm tracks. As would be expected, the market has been flooded in the past few years as established IT giants (e.g. IBM, Microsoft) and startups (e.g. ProfitBricks, CloudSigma) alike have come out with IaaS offerings.

  • Essential Guide To Selling Managed Cloud Services

    In this guide we will address what a good prospect looks like, where to spend your time selling managed cloud services and how to close the deal.

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MANAGED SERVICES EVENTS

HP Global Partner Conference March 16-18 Las Vegas
Channel Partners Big Show March 16-18 Las Vegas
CompTIA Member Meeting    March 24-26 Ponte Vedra, FL
ASCII Summit 2 – Columbus March 26-27 Columbus, OH    
ISC West Exhibit Hall: April 15-17,
SIA Education@ISC West: April 14 – 16
Las Vegas
         

ABOUT MANAGED SERVICES

Managed services are outsourced services for which the management and responsibilities are handled by a service provider. Some common managed services include professional services automation (PSA), remote monitoring and management, mobile device management, business applications, postage, transportation, database management, information services, communication services, and many more. Nearly any piece of software or business application available today can be offered as software as a service (SaaS).

A managed service provider (MSP) is an individual or organization that handles the management and upkeep of a provided service and is responsible for delivering and maintaining the service. Managed services often operate on a near-fixed or flat monthly payment model, sometimes with an initial up-front cost for setup which creates a consistent revenue stream for managed service providers. MSPs may often use a Vendor Management System (VMS) to provide both parties with detailed analytics and data about the services being provided. In addition to the VMS, the deployment and control of customers' managed services is often done with specialized software known as Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) software. The MSP business model has become more common due its success and the consistent revenue stream that it provides. Some value-added resellers (VAR) also offer products and services with a similar recurring-payment model.

Many government agencies use managed services and many fortune 500 companies take advantage of them as well. Managed services can replace the traditional off-the-shelf resale method, but switching poses many challenges including a more complex billing process and a new sales process which is more service based.

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FEATURED MSP-FOCUSED PRODUCTS

  • Small Business Services (SBS)
    Small Business Services (SBS)

    NetEnrich Small Business Services SBS are designed to provide solution providers with a comprehensive suite of remote infrastructure and desktop managed services for their small business clients.

  • Kaseya User State Management Module
    Kaseya User State Management Module The integrated Kaseya User State Management (KUSM) add-on module provides an automated desktop migration solution and enables the definition and deployment of group profiles. IT Professionals can remotely deploy user customizations and machine “personalities” during operating systems, hardware or application upgrades, maintaining consistency across an organization and enforcing corporate standards. Combine KUSM and Intel® vPro™ Technology and contribute to the global “Green initiative”. Experience increased productivity while pro-actively promoting energy efficiency.
  • Autotask Pro
    Autotask Pro Autotask is the all-in-one web-based software that helps VARs, MSPs and IT Service Providers to sell, implement, deliver and bill their services.
  • Help Desk
    Help Desk When you sign up for the Virtual Service Desk you’ll experience the benefit of a live, U.S.-based technical support team on software and hardware products from certified frontline-support technicians. Our friendly customer-service team will use industry-leading internal processes to expertly troubleshoot your technical issues.
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MSP-FOCUSED MULTIMEDIA

  • CloudFounders Equips MSPs To Offer Cloud Solutions
    CloudFounders Equips MSPs To Offer Cloud Solutions

    At Channel Transitions Midwest on October 7, 2014 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Chicago-Oak Brook, Jonathan Kos, VP of sales at CloudFounders, tells how managed services providers can leverage CloudFounders’ white-labeled products to offer privately hosted cloud solutions. 

  • WorldPay Tells How Payment Solutions Can Lead To Recurring Revenue
    WorldPay Tells How Payment Solutions Can Lead To Recurring Revenue

    At Channel Transitions Midwest on October 7, 2014 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Chicago-Oak Brook, Chester Ritchie, senior VP of strategic partnerships at WorldPay, displays payment solutions and discusses how solutions providers can establish recurring revenue streams.

  • GFI MAX Demonstrates Patch Management Feature
    GFI MAX Demonstrates Patch Management Feature

    At Channel Transitions Midwest on October 7, 2014 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Chicago-Oak Brook, Nadia Karatsoreos, community manager for GFI MAX, introduces sales engineer Andrew Crihfield who demonstrates the platform’s patch management feature.

  • N-able Help Desk Manager - Overview And Demo

    In this short video, we walk you through the powerful, full featured Help Desk Manager. Help Desk Manager delivers MSP-optimized, ITIL aligned, web-based help desk and ticketing at a price anyone can afford. Run it standalone or integrated with N-central - on premise or hosted. The choice is yours.

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