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Survey Finds Cloud Adoption Hampered By Misperceptions About Security, Costs

West IP Communications released the results of the survey “Big Business Is Still Learning About The Cloud.” The study polled more than 300 IT managers regarding their views on the cloud and how it has or can change the way IT departments deliver telecommunications services to their companies and discovered that while the majority of IT managers believe quality of service would either stay the same or even improve when moving telecommunications to the cloud, concerns over cost and security linger.

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MSP-FOCUSED MAGAZINE ARTICLES

  • Give SMB Customers An Enterprise Experience
    Give SMB Customers An Enterprise Experience

    Providing certified engineers, 24/7 NOC (network operations center) support, and service level agreements (SLAs) are ways this IT solutions provider meets SMBs’ business needs and achieves year-over-year 30 percent revenue growth.

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MSP-FOCUSED EXECUTIVE COMMENTARY

  • 3 Business Challenges Solved By Managed Print Services
    3 Business Challenges Solved By Managed Print Services

    As organizations move toward digital workflows and traditional printing continues to decline, resellers and dealers are promoting managed print services (MPS) as a way to drive growth. With MPS, businesses can simply turn the entire process of office printing over to a third-party service provider to reduce overall printing costs and optimize the entire print environment.

  • Ask Coach: When Strategically Planning For Your IT Company Don’t Forget Planning For Your Personal Life
    Ask Coach: When Strategically Planning For Your IT Company Don’t Forget Planning For Your Personal Life

    Some of you have worked hard to create a dashboard for certain metrics in your company. Why?  The truth about your company performance is reflected up-to-the-minute in the dashboard. You hope the dashboard will provide accountability and motivation for your team as they execute around certain priorities. 

  • 4 Things Every Services Provider Should Know About Enterprise Clouds
    4 Things Every Services Provider Should Know About Enterprise Clouds

    If you’re a managed service provider (MSP), you know the drill: your customers hear about an innovative trend and look to you to turn this into real business results quickly. As cloud computing gains broad market adoption, your customers have high hopes that you can deliver the cloud’s economics, flexibility and on-demand capacity to their existing data center environments while keeping their top business priorities in mind. In other words, they see the potential for innovation, and they can’t wait to see the results — with you leading the way.

  • Why You Need To Have Regular Reviews With Your Customers
    Why You Need To Have Regular Reviews With Your Customers

    The business review is one of the most important tools in the successful managed services provider’s (MSP’s) toolkit, but deciding on the frequency of those reviews is a very individual things says Dave Sobel, director of partner community for MAXfocus at LogicNow.

  • “Un-Reviews”... And Why You Should Have Them
    “Un-Reviews”... And Why You Should Have Them

    Ugh, I can already hear the collective groans taking place from just reading the word “review.”  Nothing sparks more dread, stress, and even fear from bosses and their reports than this time honored exercise in performance management. Comments I’ve heard over my years in HR range from,  “I don’t have time, you write it,” to “I need a highly detailed format to deliver every single quarter,” depending upon that manager’s style.

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MSP-FOCUSED WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES

  • MSP Primes For Managed Services Growth With RMM And MSP Service Automation Platform

    Having already built a successful IT business on Australia’s Gold Coast, Daniel Davis was seeking to continue his work while maintaining a slower pace of life. In 2009, he left the big city behind and founded Darktime Computer Services (DCS) in Chinchilla, a town in Queensland’s relatively remote Western Downs region, which boasts a high concentration of gas, mining and drilling companies, as well as real estate and engineering firms. DCS was established to deliver networking, server and backup solutions to business customers of all sizes.

  • 6 Key Requirements For A Profitable NOC + Help Desk Service

    How to improve your scalability and profitability with an outsourced NOC and Help Desk solution.

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MANAGED SERVICES EVENTS

Autotask Community Live May 17-19 Miami, FL    

1COMM Partner Conference

(ScanSource Catalyst)

May 19-21 Greenville, SC    
ASCII Success Summit      May 28-29 Chicago    
LabTech Automation Nation June 1-3 Orlando, FL    
Channel Transitions -  Mid-Atlantic June 4 Newark, NJ    
D&H Distributing Mid-Atlantic Summer Technology Show June 4 Hershey, PA    
D&H Education Back-to-School Show June 17-18 Lancaster, PA    
ASCII Success Summit      June 25-26 Newark, NJ    
         

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

  • Zenith Infotech CPR (Certified Partner Reseller) Program
    Zenith Infotech CPR (Certified Partner Reseller) Program Zenith Infotech invites you to breathe life into your already successful business by enrolling in our Gold or Platinum CPR program to receive added benefits that will help you to grow your business and put money back into your pocket. These programs include a free BDR and SmartStyle unit (*programs vary), cash back incentives, as well as reimbursement on marketing funds. Gold or Platinum members can take advantage of our exclusive Zenith University which provides online learning and product certifications.
  • Kaseya Patch Management
    Kaseya Patch Management Kaseya provides fast, easy and reliable Patch Management to keep your servers, workstations and remote computers up-to-date with the latest security patches and updates.
  • Patch Manager - Built With Technicians In Mind
    Patch Manager - Built With Technicians In Mind

    One of the essential services you deliver to your customers is patch management. From fixing security vulnerabilities to improving performance – keeping your customer’s systems current and secure can be time-consuming and costly.

  • StorageCraft ShadowProtect Small Business Server
    StorageCraft ShadowProtect Small Business Server Fast and Reliable Disaster Recovery, Data Protection and System Migration for Windows Servers. Maximize Business Continuity and Minimize Your Recovery Time Objective with ShadowProtect® Server™ and ShadowProtect® Small Business Server™.
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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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