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5 Ways to Improve Your MSP Service Level Agreement (SLA)

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5 Ways to Improve Your MSP Service Level Agreements (SLAs)

SLAs are the foundation of your MSP business. They are essential to building strong client relationships and must be clear, reasonable and well-constructed.

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Five Keys to Successful MSP Security Services: The Weekly Byte [VIDEO]

Posted by Brandon Garcin on February 19, 2018

Five Keys to Successful MSP Security Services

There’s no denying that security services are more complex and nuanced than many other managed IT services—and in order to be successful as a security provider, there are a number of important factors and elements you’ll need to consider. In this episode of The Weekly Byte, we outline five of these and explain how you can drive success with each—tune in now to learn more!

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Topics: Sales and Marketing, Information Security, The Weekly Byte, Managed Security Services

Cyber Security Myth: More Alerts Does NOT Mean More Security

Posted by Chris Johnson on February 16, 2018

Cyber Security Myth: More Alerts Does NOT Mean More Security

I recently had the unfortunate opportunity to deal with a piece of ransomware that has only been in circulation in its current form for a few weeks. It took less than an hour from the time it dropped its payload to the time it was caught, yet it still managed to tear through pretty much all the servers.

So you might be asking yourself, “why is Chris telling us all about this ransomware and the successful attack?” The reason is that no amount of blinking lights would have prevented this attack from happening. Could we have reduced the likelihood? Maybe. Could we have prevented it altogether? No. And the reason, at the end of the day, is because of people.

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Topics: Cybersecurity and Threat Management, Managed Security Services

Confessions of a Formerly Burned-Out Technician

Posted by Tonya Barnett on February 15, 2018

Confessions of a Formerly Burned Out Technician

I started my IT career as a technician, originally working in a high volume call center-type help desk, and then later moving to a desktop support/system admin position for a local IT company closer to home. Within a few years, I found myself at a dead end with no vertical movement within the company. I was not learning anymore, as each person had a niche and refused to train anyone else on that product, which left me and my fellow technicians feeling rather bored with large gaps in our trainings. I enjoyed my job, but my growth was stagnant, and I wasn't being challenged with any new issues. Can any of you relate?

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Topics: Remote Monitoring and Management, Help Desk, Workforce Optimization and Employee Retention

Retention Tips: How to Show Your Clients the Love

Posted by Nicole Hunter Hart on February 14, 2018

Retention Tips: How to Show Your Clients the Love

When it comes to successfully managing client relationships, there are four key principals: making your client feel important to your business, demonstrating you understand their business and needs, helping them succeed in their goals, and lastly, committing to a long lasting, mutually beneficial relationship. These are the core tenets that will assist you in developing more profitable relationships and showing your clients the love!

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we’re going to add a bit of hearts and flowers into this post and talk about how you can leverage your value and knowledge of the IT landscape to communicate more efficiently and effectively. Hint: it’s not about getting clients flowers or chocolates, but simply showing them you have their needs taken care of.

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Topics: Customer Service, Client Acquisition and Management

New Verticals to Go After in 2018: Legal

Posted by Joseph Tavano on February 13, 2018

New Verticals to Go After in 2018: Legal

Imagine landing a new account whose business is highly profitable, highly reliant on uptime and depends on a business model that must keep their administrative and operations budgets as small as possible. This is the legal vertical, which can provide a perfect scenario for an MSP to step in and deliver considerable value to their clients. But before you do, there are important considerations to understand to see success in this highly specialized field with highly specialized IT requirements.

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Topics: Revenue Growth and Profitability

Four Questions to Ask Prospects During Your Security Pitch: The Weekly Byte [VIDEO]

Posted by Brandon Garcin on February 12, 2018

Four Questions to Ask Prospects During Your Security Pitch

Selling security can be tricky, especially during initial conversations where your prospects may not fully understand the importance of protecting their IT infrastructure. Fortunately, the right discovery questions can help you drive the conversation forward and uncover the right pain points to address via your service offerings. In this episode of The Weekly Byte, we outline four important questions to ask every prospect when selling security. Tune in now to learn more!

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Topics: Sales and Marketing, Information Security, The Weekly Byte, Managed Security Services

The Financial Consequence of a Cyber Attack is Worsening [CHART]

Posted by Lily Teplow on February 9, 2018

The Financial Consequence of a Cyber Attack is Worsening [CHART]

Virtually every business today fears falling victim to cyber attack. This (rational) fear stems from not only the loss of productivity or sensitive information, but also for the financial burden it puts on the business—even well after the attack has been carried out. According to a study by Ponemon Institute and Accenture, the average annual number of security breaches increased almost 30 percent in 2017. But what financial consequences could these cyber security incidents have for your clients and prospects?

A better understanding of the cost of cyber crime could help SMB business owners bridge the gap between the escalating number threat actors and the investments they should make to secure their business. If you’re looking to effectively start the security conversation with prospective clients, here are some compelling statistics that speak to the immediate need for managed security services.

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Topics: Cybersecurity and Threat Management, Managed Security Services, MSP Sales Chart

7 Habits of Highly Successful IT Service Providers: Habit #5

Posted by Joseph Tavano on February 8, 2018

7 Habits of Highly Successful IT Service Providers: Habit 5

Perfecting your sales pitch is an invaluable skill, but to win clients you’ll need to know how to customize your message to match the business needs of different buyer personals. In this fifth installment of the 7 Habits of Highly Successful IT Service Providers, you’ll learn how and when to change up your value prop, and who to go after first when pursuing your next client.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Sales and Marketing

The Distinction Between MSP and MSSP [PODCAST]

Posted by Nate Teplow on February 7, 2018

The Distinction Between MSP and MSSP Podcast

A few years ago, we saw the industry make a significant transition from break/fix to what are now managed service providers (MSPs). Why? Because there was a need in the market for better, more robust IT services. Today, we’re seeing a similar trend—this time with cyber security.

The need for MSPs to bring security into their portfolios is very clear—and it’s a very significant shift. To talk more about how today’s market is converging toward security, we invited Joe Panettieri, Executive VP and Content Czar of ChannelE2E, on the latest episode of MSP Radio. Keep reading for Joe’s major takeaways on what defines an MSSP and how you can effectively bring new security services to market.

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Topics: Cybersecurity and Threat Management, Managed Security Services

4 Benefits of Consolidating Your BDR Tech Stack in 2018

Posted by Haylee Conradi on February 6, 2018

4 Benefits of Consolidating Your BDR Tech Stack in 2018

Backup and Disaster Recovery (BDR) has grown to become an essential offering that’s included in almost every modern MSP’s portfolio. With uptime now a critical component to SMB success and users demanding always-on access to data and applications, BDR is no longer just an add-on or optional service—it’s a must-have.

However, most current BDR offerings aren’t built to support the varied and wide-ranging backup use-cases that these businesses require, forcing MSPs to stitch together multiple solution and maintain a complex technology stack. Unfortunately, this can cause major problems down the line and stunt your growth and profitability. Keep reading to discover the operational and financial benefits of consolidating your BDR technology stack in 2018.

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Topics: Backup and Disaster Recovery, BDR

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