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MSP-FOCUSED EXECUTIVE COMMENTARY

  • What Is The Cloud?
    What Is The Cloud?

    With the Cloud, you can simplify your office technology and completely eliminate the need to purchase and maintain expensive complex equipment. If you are interested in seeing if the Cloud is right for you, we can help connect you with a WebTop Certified Managed Service Provider for a free, no pressure, no obligation Cloud Readiness Assessment.

  • 6 Tips For Increased Meeting Productivity
    6 Tips For Increased Meeting Productivity

    As CMO of a business communications company, and having spent the bulk of my career in the industry, it has been my top priority to find ways to transform and streamline the way businesses hold meetings. Meetings were developed to be an efficient way for employees to get together to discuss ideas, debate issues, overcome obstacles, and drive outcomes.

  • Channeling Security: How To Talk With Clients About Skyrocketing Costs
    Channeling Security: How To Talk With Clients About Skyrocketing Costs

    In today’s business climate, you can count on a security breach almost as sure as you can count on the sun rising and setting. That’s why being proactive about the challenges your clients face — including the spiraling costs of network protection — is essential. It all begins with communication.

  • Unique, Original Ways To Provide Value To Your Customers
    Unique, Original Ways To Provide Value To Your Customers

    Too often while walking a trade show floor, we’re caught up in the technology “price race to the bottom” — who has more megapixels, who can integrate with more partners, or who can manage the most access points. But in the race to be the best, many manufacturers can get caught up in the competition and forget about the main component in creating a successful business: customers. True service is rooted in the notion that organizations must provide significant value to customers in a number of ways.

  • The Dynamics Of Change In The Managed Services Marketplace
    The Dynamics Of Change In The Managed Services Marketplace

    “If you’re not growing, you’re dying.” This statement is a reminder that in an ever-changing world, you must adapt to your surroundings or you will get left behind. Even though this is a phrase that can apply to anyone and anything, let’s apply it to the struggle that office technology dealerships, manufacturers, distributors, and service companies are experiencing while trying to establish their business in the managed services marketplace.

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MSP-FOCUSED WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES

  • 10 Best Practices For Transitioning To A Managed Services Model
    10 Best Practices For Transitioning To A Managed Services Model

    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.

  • Improving Security With Cloud-Based Antivirus And Antimalware

    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.

  • Don’t Fall Prey To The Common Myths Of Transitioning

    IT solutions providers interested in adopting managed services should not fall prey to common myths about the transition.

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MANAGED SERVICES EVENTS

SYNNEX Spring VARNEX April 10-15 Dallas
Ingram Cloud Summit April 11-13 Phoenix
ASCII Success Summit April 17-18 Milwaukee, WI
SMB TechFest Q2 April 21-22 Anaheim, CA
Q2 HTG Peer Group Meetings – North America May 2-6 Dallas, TX
Q2 HTG Peer Group Meetings – Europe May 16-20 Dublin, Ireland, IE
Q2 HTG Peer Group Meetings – Australia/New Zealand May 23-27 Sydney, NSW, Australia
ASCII Success Summit May 25-26 Linthicum, Maryland
Channel Transitions June 2 Philadelphia
ASCII Success Summit June 22-23 Miami Beach, Florida
SMB TechFest Q3 July 21-22 Anaheim, CA
Q3 HTG Peer Group Meetings – Europe July 25-29 Aberdeen, Scotland, GB
Q3 HTG Peer Group Meetings – North America August 1-5 Denver, CO
ASCII Success Summit August 17-18 East Brunswick, New Jersey
Q3 HTG Peer Group Meetings – Australia/New Zealand August 22-25 Queenstown, New Zealand
Channel Transitions September 14 Boston
ASCII Success Summit September 22 Toronto, ON
ASCII Success Summit September 28-29 Columbus, Ohio
ISV IQ Live! East October 6 Philadelphia
ASCII Success Summit October 13-14 Newport, Rhode Island
ASCII Cup Party October 14 Newport, Rhode Island
SMB Tech Fest Q4 October 20-21 Anaheim, CA
Q4 HTG Peer Group Meetings October 31 - November 5 Championsgate, FL

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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    Virtualization Practice

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MSP-FOCUSED MULTIMEDIA

  • How Important Is RMM To A Managed Services Provider?
    How Important Is RMM To A Managed Services Provider?

    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.

  • How To Answer Some Common Customer Objections To Managed Services
    How To Answer Some Common Customer Objections To Managed Services

    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.

  • Where Are Opportunities To Sell Payments Outside Of Retail And Hospitality?
    Where Are Opportunities To Sell Payments Outside Of Retail And Hospitality?

    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.

  • VARs Opportunities In  Healthcare: Small Hospitals, Group And Independent Practices
    VARs Opportunities In Healthcare: Small Hospitals, Group And Independent Practices

    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.

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