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The Ultimate Guide to Success in Managed IT Services

What are the fundamentals to building a profitable managed IT services business? Keep reading to discover the four key ingredients for success.

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Network Visibility vs Network Monitoring: What’s the Difference and Why Does It Matter?

Posted by Alex Hoff on June 26, 2018

Network Visibility vs Network Monitoring: What’s the Difference and Why Does It Matter?

As an IT service provider, your customers are relying on you to minimize technology disruptions and ensure smooth performance for their business. While this is made possible through remote monitoring and management (RMM), there’s a core focus on maintaining the business’ most vital asset: the network.

This is why it’s vital to offer some sort of network monitoring service—but you can’t have complete monitoring without visibility, and you can’t have full visibility without monitoring. So, what’s the difference and why is it important?

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Topics: Remote Monitoring and Management, Network Management

May the Fourth Be With You! 7 Star Wars Characters That Are Just Like MSPs

Posted by Joseph Tavano on May 4, 2018

May the Fourth Be With You! 7 Star Wars Characters That Are Just Like MSPs

In honor of today officially being Star Wars Day, May the 4th (not to be outdone by Revenge of the Fifth), we decided to put together a list of all the ways that MSPs are just like characters in the Star Wars saga. There’s a lot that the galaxy far, far away has in common with managed IT services, and just like the Star Wars franchise is perpetually growing at scale, we want your business to do the same.

So, grab your BlasTech E-11 blaster rifle, a hydrospanner, or that trusted lightsaber, and let’s take a look at the characters that are most similar to MSPs!

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Topics: Remote Monitoring and Management, Network Operations Center

How to Take Responsibility for Your Clients’ Networks

Posted by Alex Hoff on March 23, 2018

How to Take Responsibility for Your Clients’ Networks

Networks are more important than ever. A recent RightScale 2018 State of the Cloud report surveyed 997 tech pros and found 96 percent of respondents use cloud services, and 81 percent have a multi-cloud strategy. And, the report indicated companies are now running the majority of their workloads in the cloud.

With more data and systems in the cloud, there’s an opportunity for you as a managed services provider to boost your clients’ efficiency and scalability, but this can also increase risk. If the network goes down, your clients can’t function. As their MSP, they expect you to keep their network constantly running in the background, kind of like electricity. So how do you make sure clients can reach the cloud and stay productive? The answer is you own their networks—you take full responsibility for keeping them connected.

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Topics: Remote Monitoring and Management, Network Management

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

Reasons to Use Managed IT Services in 2018

Posted by Meaghan Moraes on January 4, 2018

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As cited in TSIA’s The State of Managed Services 2017 report, managed services now represent 22 percent of services revenues, and overall net-new revenue for managed services continues to grow at a healthy average of 42 percent. It’s evident that the demand for managed services shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, a survey by Clutch.co shows that 69 percent of small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) hire at least one type of IT service provider. So, what is fueling this impressive level of adoption? Why are so many business owners fans of your business model? 

The following research illustrates the top reasons SMBs work with MSPs and IT solutions providers. As you build your 2018 sales strategy, pay attention to these main market drivers.

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Topics: Sales and Marketing, Remote Monitoring and Management, SMB Trends

5 Signs an SMB is Ready for RMM

Posted by Jaq Baldwin on January 2, 2018

Convincing prospects to first conclude that they need a managed services provider (MSP) to help fight the good fight means you have shown them the value you provide as an IT solutions provider. They know they need to outsource support to a capable team. But in your conversations with clients, you should be discussing the importance of your remote monitoring and management (RMM) platform and how leveraging this preventative technology will provide them with much-needed peace of mind.

So, here are five signs that show when business owners of the small- and medium-sized businesses you're engaged with may be ready for your remote monitoring and management solution.

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Topics: Remote Monitoring and Management

When Talent Meets Tools: How to Enable Your Technical Team for Success

Posted by Ian Waters on December 7, 2017

When Talent Meets Tools: How to Enable Your Technical Team for Success

In order to deliver world-class IT services to your clients, your technical team needs to be set up for success. Having a great team dedicated to delivering high-quality support is essential, but not having the right tools in place to manage service requests and quickly resolve issues is going to hold your team back.

Over the years, I’ve worked with and spoken to many managed service providers (MSPs), and I’ve found that the ones who are thriving are all using well established tools to do things smarter, quicker and achieve a higher standard than those who don’t. Would you like to be among these successful MSPs? Keep reading to discover which tools you can leverage to make your tech team more efficient and your business more profitable.

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Topics: Remote Monitoring and Management, Workforce Optimization and Employee Retention, Service Delivery and Operational Efficiency

A One-Time Assessment Is Only the First Step: The Case for Ongoing Network Assessments

Posted by Win Pham on September 21, 2017

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An important part of managed IT services is network assessments, which give managed services providers (MSPs) the ability to perform scans of their clients’ entire IT environments. Today, many MSPs use one-time network assessment tools, such as Network Detective, as a way to convert prospects into new clients and uncover new projects for existing clients. However, an even bigger opportunity exists with IT assessments in developing a long-term program of regular, ongoing assessments.

A single assessment is only the first step to a comprehensive and effective program, one that will help you mitigate ongoing risks for your end-user companies, establish more consistent streams of revenue, and strengthen client relationships. Here are the benefits of performing ongoing network assessments and why MSPs should work to incorporate them into their overall strategy.

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Topics: Remote Monitoring and Management, Navigate 2017

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

Tasks Every MSP Wishes They Didn't Have to Do In-House

Posted by Ian Waters on July 27, 2017

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Over the past few years, we’ve been making the move from the traditional break/fix model of providing IT support to the managed services provider (MSP) model. Moving from a reactive business to a proactive one means you end up doing a lot more chores for your clients in the background. However, there comes a point when managing and executing these tasks in-house can become a burden for your business.

From the smallest one-man-band to the largest of MSPs, there are always things we wish we didn’t have to do ourselves. Let’s take a look at the most common tasks every IT provider wishes they didn’t have to do in-house. 

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Topics: Remote Monitoring and Management, Outsourcing, Service Delivery and Operational Efficiency

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