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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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6 Tips for Becoming a Lean MSP

Posted by Joshua Oakes on September 7, 2017

6 Tips for Becoming a Lean MSP

There are two main ways to improve your bottom line: increase your revenue or decrease your costs. For many managed services providers (MSPs) today, you’re busy dealing with tickets going up and head counts remaining flat, which makes it hard to find the time to develop new lines of business or aggressively expand your client base. Focusing on cost reduction is a great way to increase profits and address the issue of higher ticket counts, but where can you start? First, you need to adopt a lean philosophy. 

Lean philosophy was developed in manufacturing, but has been adapted to the service industry, and the principles that drive waste reduction in other lines of business can easily be applied to the MSP. Here are six tips that will help you create more value for clients with fewer resources and become a more lean organization.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Revenue Growth and Profitability, Navigate 2017, Service Delivery and Operational Efficiency

3 Ways MSPs Can Achieve Greater Growth and Profitability with Continuum [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Lily Teplow on September 1, 2017

3 Ways MSPs Can Achieve Greater Growth and Profitability with Continuum [INFOGRAPHIC]

As technology continues to evolve and mature, so too do the challenges facing those in the IT industry. This is especially true for managed services providers (MSPs). Hiring and retaining technical talent is becoming increasingly difficult, putting many MSPs at a disadvantage to maintain a lean operation and maximize profits. What’s more, some MSPs are seeing decreased margins as a result of downward market trends. So, what can MSPs do to counteract these trends and avoid falling behind?

Fortunately, MSPs who partner with Continuum are able to overcome these challenges—among others—by leveraging our transformative IT management and service delivery platform. In the infographic below, we’ll take a deeper look at the three main ways MSPs can benefit from Continuum’s model and dive into the data behind how Continuum partners are achieving greater growth and profitability.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Revenue Growth and Profitability, Service Delivery and Operational Efficiency, Service Leadership Index

How to Increase Your MSP Sales Opportunities by Going for “No”

Posted by Paul O'Donnell on August 29, 2017

How to Increase Your MSP Sales Opportunities by Going for “No”

As a managed services provider (MSP), you’re always looking for ways to gain more leads and drive business growth. All your sales and marketing efforts may be directed towards getting that “yes” from your prospects and adding another number to your potential client tally, but what if I told you that you could have more success with going for the “no” instead.

Although this might sound like a fast track to sales failure, this strategy can help you better understand your prospects’ needs, get to the root of the problem, and increase your sales efficiency. So, whether you have a dedicated MSP sales team or are a one-man-band, here’s how you can increase your sales opportunities by going for the “no.”

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Sales and Marketing, Client Acquisition and Management

Top 3 Takeaways from CompTIA ChannelCon 2017

Posted by Nate Teplow on August 25, 2017

Top 3 Takeaways from CompTIA ChannelCon 2017

It’s been almost a month since CompTIA ChannelCon 2017 wrapped up, and I finally found some time to sit down and digest all of the great content, ideas and meetings that came out of this year’s event. There’s so much going on in the IT industry and a lot for us all to be excited about, but we’re also faced with a number of challenges that we need to plan for and adapt to ensure the continued success of this industry.

To that note, I’ve summarized my top three takeaways from this year’s event that we should all keep in mind as we move forward together.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Industry News, CompTIA

Making Your Way to $10M: Taking on the Future of IT

Posted by Peter Melby on August 24, 2017

Making Your Way to $10M: Taking on the Future of IT

Over the past couple of years, my company has evolved and grown to reach the $10 million mark and beyond. How did we accomplish that? Well, we tackled it in a handful of different ways—some of which I’ve laid out in my previous posts—but the most prominent was the exercise of constantly looking at ourselves and our industry in the mirror. By taking the time to consider the best plan of action and assess where we need to evolve and how we can innovate, our MSP business was able to remain relevant, competitive, and progressive.

To wrap up this series, I’m going to share how MSPs can take full advantage of the future IT has to offer. With that being said, here are a couple of key trends we’re seeing in the crystal ball.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Revenue Growth and Profitability, Service Delivery and Operational Efficiency

The Untold Benefits of Increased Visibility

Posted by Tara Callinan on August 22, 2017

The Untold Benefits of Increased Visibility

After you close a new client contract, what should be your next step? Successful managed services providers (MSPs) will start with planning, meaning they’ll look to their team to determine the right people to take on the job. If you’re like most MSPs, however, there might be one thing holding you back: you don’t have any insight into who on your team is available to take on more work!

As an MSP business owner, you’re focused on serving your clients and overseeing projects in the most efficient way possible. Therefore, you need to have a clear view of your team schedules to ensure everyone is being utilized to their fullest potential. With this kind of visibility, you can assign tasks accordingly, avoid overworking someone who already has their plate full, and most importantly, ensure your projects stay within scope. So, to give you the visibility you need to run a more successful MSP business, here are three ways you can leverage smart automation technology to improve collaboration and efficiency.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Workforce Optimization and Employee Retention, Service Delivery and Operational Efficiency

Managing and Retaining Technicians: 6 Steps for Creating Value

Posted by Ian Waters on August 16, 2017

Managing and Retaining Technicians: 6 Steps for Creating Value

As a managed IT services providers (MSP), you understand that great technicians are hard to come by, and sometimes even harder to keep hold of. As business owners and managers, we invest so much time and money into staff recruitment and training that it can hurt when vital employees leave. All that investment literally walks out of the building, and if not addressed properly, that turnover can be a repeating drain on your business.

So, what are some tips for properly managing a team of technicians? If you are having trouble retaining your IT staff, it may be time to start engaging with your employees and implement a training and development plan.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Workforce Optimization and Employee Retention

Benefits of Using an Integrated RMM and NOC Platform

Posted by Lily Teplow on August 11, 2017

Technicians play an absolutely critical role in every Managed Services Provider (MSP) organization today—but finding, hiring and retaining the right talent are often difficult and expensive processes. And while MSPs do need an in-house team to conduct onsite work and meet with customers, they can further-extend their capabilities and remain cost-effective by leveraging an outside Network Operations Center (NOC). 

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Remote Monitoring and Management, NOC

Improving Your Work-Life Balance Part 3: The Right Behavior

Posted by David Deckard on August 10, 2017

Improving Your Work-Life Balance Part 3: The Right Behavior

Welcome back to my series, where I’ve been walking you through how you can improve your work-life balance one step at a time. In my previous posts, we’ve discussed having the right mentality for balance, as well as acquiring the right tools. For this final installment, let’s take a look at three of the habits and behaviors that can inhibit a healthy work-life balance, and then we’ll discover what actions you can take to help you become successful in your business and available in your personal life.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Service Delivery and Operational Efficiency

How to Build More Profitable Client Relationships

Posted by Courtney Swift on August 8, 2017

How to Build More Profitable Client Relationships

Relationship building is a key component to any successful business, and this is especially true for managed services providers (MSPs). You’re in a services business, which means that your clients depend on you to maintain and take care of their IT infrastructures. Not only does this put a lot of pressure on you, but your clients need to feel that they can trust you—and properly cultivating client relationships is the only way you can achieve that.

From prospect, to onboarding, to customer, there are a few ways your MSP business can be effective when building profitable customer relationships. Let’s take a look at the top three:

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Customer Service, Client Acquisition and Management

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