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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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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

How to Hire and Retain the Right IT Experts

Posted by Scott Wittstock on December 5, 2017

How to Hire and Retain the Right IT Experts

As an IT service provider, one of the biggest challenges we face is hiring and retaining the right IT experts. Empowering our customers with technology is at the core of our business, which means that we must employ a pool of talented people who are knowledgeable on the diverse range of technologies that our customers use. These experts need to be well versed in any network, computer, server, mobile device, cloud and much more.

I’ve barely scratched the surface with these items, but it serves as a reminder just how much we expect out of our IT people. Keep reading to discover my tips on what you should look for when hiring for your MSP business and how you can grow and retain the best IT talent.
 

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

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

Making Your Way to $10M: Rethinking Company Culture

Posted by Peter Melby on June 13, 2017

Making Your Way to $10M: Rethinking Company Culture

Company culture is a complicated topic for many managed services providers (MSPs). If you’re struggling to build or define your own culture, it’s important to note that it can actually affect more than just your day-to-day. Personally, I want to look forward to coming into work every day, and I want our employees to feel the same way. Today, my company considers culture our greatest competitive advantage, but we got off to a rocky start. 

In the first post of this series, I talked about five important lessons all MSPs should know before beginning the journey to $10 million. In the second post, I discussed how you can optimize your current team for success. Now, it’s time to think about your company culture and how it can play a role in your business’ long-term growth and success.

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

5 Non-Monetary Compensation Strategies Your MSP Should Be Using

Posted by Dave Boulos on May 25, 2017

5 Non-Monetary Compensation Strategies Your MSP Should Be Using

Money is many things, but it isn’t everything. It can be tough out there for managed IT services providers who want retain top talent, but don’t always have the means to pay them. Luckily, there are several non-monetary ways that you can offer your employees compensation that actually help to enrich your staff’s daily work environment. Incorporate these non-monetary compensation strategies, and you could see a more positive company culture, more engaged employees, and a more loyal, productive workforce.

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

Improving Your Work-Life Balance Part 1: The Right Mentality

Posted by David Deckard on May 18, 2017

Improving Your Work-Life Balance Part 1: The Right Mentality

Work-life balance (insert eye-roll here) is a great theory; however, putting it into practice is another thing. Maintaining a healthy work-life balance isn’t always easy, especially in the IT services space. And let’s face it, there are very good reasons why.

At Continuum, we have Account Managers speaking to over 5,600 partners discussing consistent narratives, from the demands of constantly being on the hunt for talent to the episodic nature of the IT world. What this means is that, ultimately, there are rarely “typical” workdays. MSPs need to be on 24 hours a day, 365 days out of the year. Additionally, running an MSP business requires a plan that demands daily, weekly and monthly goals are met. All of these elements require attention, often at the expense of the well-intentioned balance. So, where can you begin to improve your work-life balance?

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

Making Your Way to $10M: 5 Questions for Building a Team of Top Talent

Posted by Peter Melby on May 11, 2017

Making Your Way to $10M: 5 Questions for Building a Team of Top Talent

Talent retention seems simple: hire qualified people, treat them well, pay them fairly, and they’ll stay for life, right? Well, it’s not quite as simple as it sounds. Finding and retaining top talent is a hot topic, especially in IT market. As my MSP business has reached the $10 million mark, I’ve learned that how you approach talent can either drive your business’ success or lead to its failure. Unfortunately, there is no middle ground. If you want to set your business up for success and become a $10 million MSP, you need to focus on nurturing and retaining your rising stars. So, where can you start?

In the first post of this series, I talked about five important lessons all MSPs should know before beginning the journey to $10M. Now that we’ve started, let’s take a deeper look into how you can optimize your current team to ensure sustainable success. Here are five key questions you should be asking yourselves to help build a team of top talent:

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

3 Strategies for Increasing Your Productivity as a Business Owner

Posted by Lily Teplow on April 20, 2017

3 Strategies for Increasing Your Productivity as a Business Owner

If you own your own business, you're an extremely busy person. It's important to find ways to be more productive, but also make sure you're getting the rest and separation you need to be an effective business owner. This can be a lot easier said than done.

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is a struggle for many managed services providers (MSPs). You are knowledge workers, and process a tremendous amount of information in your day-to-day. But in order to be a topnotch provider for your clients and run a successful MSP business, you need to maximize your time and be as productive as possible. So, as a business owner, how can you increase your productivity while maintaining a healthy work-life balance? Start with these three strategies.

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

Backup to the Future Part II: Bridging the IT Skills Gap as Backup Environments Become More Complex

Posted by Joseph Tavano on March 29, 2017

Backup to the Future Part II: Bridging the IT Skills Gap as Backup Environments Become More Complex

“Backup to the Future” is a blog series that explores the state of the backup and disaster recovery as a service today—and the challenges that come with offering it—and looks forward to the ongoing new paradigms that are dramatically transforming the sector into tomorrow. Through this eight-part series, you’ll learn the forces that are shaping the business models for MSPs offering BDR today, and how to evolve to take on new business more efficiently and more profitably for long-term success.

As discussed in part one of this series, many current BDR solutions available to MSPs today feature an outdated labor model that restricts growth and scalability. In this article, we’ll dig a little deeper into one of the crucial reasons why this is so: the growing IT skills gap.

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Topics: Backup and Disaster Recovery, Continuity247, Workforce Optimization and Employee Retention

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