Some may call IT a tug-of-war between two opposing forces within an organization. By Rick Delgado, contributing writer
This solutions provider’s expertise and business acumen enable it to respond quickly to market trends and customer demands and expect year-over-year double-digit revenue growth.
If you really want to stand out from your competitors, you need to avoid common marketing pitfalls that keep prospects from getting to know your company and the value of your expertise and solutions.
This MSP’s banking industry expertise helped it land a $2,500-per-month contract with a bank two states away from its headquarters.
Lots of technology business owners hesitate to offer cloud services. Some of them think the cloud will offer less control over their clients’ IT environments, while others worry about the fact they won’t have any servers to support. Do those concerns sound familiar? If so, it’s time to change your thought process by looking at the cloud from a client’s perspective.
Key indicators of a successful service organization haven’t changed much in the last few years, but the tools and strategies service managers use to meet them are changing all the time. When it comes to setting and measuring key performance indicators (KPIs) each year, service managers see better results when they focus on the process of delivering service, rather than the results. For example, rather than measuring profitability or number of service calls per day, analyze the success of the processes involved in delivering service. When the process goals are being met, the desired results will follow.
If you’re like most employees in the workforce, there are likely people with whom you have trouble working. Although worker traits are as deeply embedded in their personalities as they are capable of causing employee infighting and lowered morale, many disagreements arising in the workplace stem from a far more surmountable issue: the communication barriers imposed by outdated or inefficient technology.
As more IT companies switch from a break/fix model to MSP model, it’s vital for MSPs to separate themselves from the competition in order to make this transition successfully. Selecting the right Remote Management and Monitoring (RMM) software is key to making that transition. RMMs will increase efficiency, time to fix, and visibility in a computer network, but you need to make sure your RMM tool has the right tools.
Technology has positively impacted a wide variety of industries from finance to education to healthcare. The retail industry in particular has experienced one of the most radical technology transformations, the result of efforts to meet consumer demand for an increasingly personalized, on-demand shopping experience. Big Data analytics in particular have helped many retailers boost revenue and enhance the overall customer experience. In fact, 94 percent of retailers believe the customer of the future will be driven by technology.
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.
IT solutions providers interested in adopting managed services should not fall prey to common myths about the transition.
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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.
We’ve provided all of the tools and support that MSPs need to efficiently manage customers’ environments and provide fast support without interrupting end users.
MMS services are designed around a larger, more complex IT infrastructure typically used by small and mid-sized businesses with up of up to 250 employees/users and a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of 100 servers or network devices.
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.