New role emphasizes the challenges of protecting confidential student information. By Christine Kern, contributing writer
This MSP is projecting up to 50 percent revenue growth in managed and cloud services this year with 30 percent of its growth coming from new backup and disaster recovery (BDR) sales and related services.
Healthcare providers are making the move to the cloud. Help them find a cloud offering that won’t make them regret their decision later on.
We compare 11 business continuity solutions. Which is right for you and your customers?
The transition to managed services from a break-fix business model can be challenging for MSPs. There is much to consider in terms of setting expectations, documenting the deliverables, and defining how the MSP’s relationships with its clients will be governed under this new model.
An IT solution provider discusses a major data center growth trend that every channel IT company should be taking advantage of right now.
There are many times when VARs and MSPs need to select new products to fulfill client needs. One case in particular occurs when a vendor decides to end a product or service. In light of Intel’s announcement that it will end its MX Logic antispam service on January 11th, 2017, many MSPs are looking for a new email security solution to offer to their clients.
Hackers and small businesses share one thing: they rely on email. Todays’ cybercriminals are organized and business-minded. They make investments and they expect returns. Some invest in big targets, such as Home Depot and Anthem. Others invest in massive attacks, such as ransomware and botnets.
You cannot claim to be a solutions provider unless you offer all of the obvious necessities to your potential business clients. Part of your role as a managed IT services provider is to help each client find the best solution(s) for their business — solutions that will save them time, save them money, and help them meet desired business outcomes, such as increased profitability, optimized employee productivity, and a more streamlined technology spend.
A stark reality facing today’s businesses is the never-ending threat to cyber-security and a strategy for how to combat it. An even greater concern is damage to corporate image, consumer trust, loss of revenue, liability to customers, and the ever-increasing statutes imposed by lawmakers and agencies who point the finger at businesses for failure to take responsibility for preventing data theft.
The managed services model brings solution providers recurring revenue, deeper client engagement, and greater business stability. But the transition requires careful planning and execution to avoid pitfalls such as underpricing services, picking the wrong technology, or failing to properly communicate the change to customers. In this roadmap, we outline 10 best practices for resellers to follow when transitioning to managed services—while keeping data protected throughout the process.
Recently, the Lloyd Group was looking to move its services to the cloud. The MSP was evaluating various cloud-based tools and learned about cybersecurity provider Webroot, recalls Bill Goldin, director of technology at the New York metropolitan-area company. What initially attracted Lloyd to Webroot was the lightweight nature of the vendor’s antimalware solution.
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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.
One of the biggest challenges managed service providers face is how to maximize business continuity and avoid business disruption for their customers following a system failure.
Managed services provider (MSP) Logic Speak managed 1,250 endpoints — and that number almost doubled after the acquisition of another company. President and CEO Jason Etheridge said his company couldn’t accomplish this without remote monitoring and management (RMM). “It would be impossible to do our jobs efficiently — which is the key to managed services,” he explained.
Karl Palachuk, keynote speaker at Channel Transitions VAR/MSP Executive Conference, powered by Business Solutions on Sept. 24 at the DoubleTree Chicago-Downers Grove, joined the panel discussion at the event and shared advice for overcoming some customer objections to managed services.
Chester Ritchie, SVP at Worldpay, and Donte Kim, president of Nodus Technologies, discussed opportunities for managed services providers (MSPs) in payment processing beyond the retail and hospitality verticals. Ritchie and Kim spoke with Business Solutions editor in chief Mike Monocello at Channel Transitions VAR/MSP Executive Conference on Sept. 24 at the DoubleTree Chicago-Downers Grove.
Business Solutions president Jim Roddy interviewed Health IT Outcomes chief editor Ken Congdon at the Smart VAR Healthcare Summit on Aug. 11, 2015, at the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel.