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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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Partner Spotlight: How Offloading Project Work Results in Happier Technicians

Posted by Lily Teplow on April 6, 2018

How Offloading Project Work Results in Happier Technicians

When it rains, it pours. In the IT industry, this is often the rule rather than the exception. The constant putting out of fires or buildup of tickets can put a lot of strain on your business—especially on your team of technicians.

Technicians are the backbone of your managed services business, and your success relies on the quality and caliber of this team. Yet when their value is being barred by menial tasks day in and day out, it can create inefficiencies, cause you to miss out on revenue-generating projects and ultimately, lead to technician churn.

Despite these challenges, some MSPs have found a way to maintain a happy technician team; and the secret lies in offloading project work. I recently sat down with Eddie Phillips, chief operating officer at Shield Networks, to discuss how he uses Continuum Tech Advantage to offload project work to the NOC and create a healthier work-life balance for technicians.

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Topics: Network Operations Center, Workforce Optimization and Employee Retention

How to Combat the Daily Struggles of an MSP

Posted by Scott Wittstock on March 9, 2018

How to Combat the Daily Struggles of an MSP

Like any MSP or IT service provider, we’ve struggled with common problems that either cost the company money, cause discord among employees, or frustrate customers. Typical occurrences include showing up to a customer’s site without the right tools or expertise for the job, spending more time at a customer’s site then we can genuinely bill for, re-dispatching to correct something and not getting to charge for it, or leaving a poor taste in the mouth of a customer due to not being on our game.

Can any of you relate?

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

3 Powerful Leadership Lessons from Clint Hurdle

Posted by Robert Kocis on March 2, 2018

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I recently had the privilege of listening to Clint Hurdle deliver a keynote address at our 2018 Sales Kickoff (SKO) in Pittsburgh, PA. During this motivational speech, Clint took us through his journey of becoming a better person in both his career and his life. I was really moved by his speech, and many of my team members told me it was the best guest keynote speaker that we’ve ever had.

Based on this feedback—and in honor of today being National Employee Appreciation Day—I wanted to share my reflections on his talk and the leadership lessons I learned. So, here are my “Key Lessons from Clint” that will help you motivate your own team and become a better leader.

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

Growing Your MSP Business with the Right Leadership Team

Posted by Joanna Sobran on February 28, 2018

Growing Your MSP Business with the Right Leadership Team

I’ve always dreamed of owning my own business. At 19 years old, I worked for two women who ran a successful company from their basement office, eventually growing to over 100 employees. While I didn’t love my job, I loved watching them dress up in expensive suits and high heels, attend important meetings and create a culture of hard work and friendships. At least, that’s what was important and impressive at 19 years old.

While the company added new employees weekly, I was especially impressed with the new leaders who came in to manage and continue to grow the business. Back then, it was all about the people, having fun, and the unique service offering that attracted new clients daily. Today, you need to build a team you can trust and continuously learn from if you’re going to grow your MSP business.

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

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

Solving the IT Hiring Challenge | Part 3: Employee Turnover

Posted by Madison Lichtmann on January 18, 2018

Solving the IT Hiring Challenge | Part 3: Employee Turnover

This is the final post of our three-part series discussing common challenges MSP businesses face when it comes to hiring and onboarding, retaining top talent, and reducing employee turnover. In the first two posts, we gave you best practices for owning the hiring and onboarding process and the importance of developing and maintaining an employee retention program. In our final post we’ll talk employee turnover, how to proactively diminish it, and, when necessary, embrace it.

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

Solving the IT Hiring Challenge | Part 2: Employee Retention

Posted by Madison Lichtmann on January 5, 2018

Solving the IT Hiring Challenge-Employee Retention

This is the second of a three-part series discussing common challenges MSP businesses face when it comes to hiring and onboarding, retaining top talent, and reducing employee turnover, providing you with actionable ways to overcome them. In the first post, we gave you best practices for owning the hiring and onboarding process. In this post, we’ll cover the importance of developing an employee retention program, how to set one up at your organization, program ideas and more.

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Topics: Hiring and Recruiting, Workforce Optimization and Employee Retention

Solving the IT Hiring Challenge | Part 1: Hiring and Onboarding

Posted by Madison Lichtmann on December 19, 2017

Solving the IT Hiring Challenge | Part 1: Hiring and Onboarding

We’ve all heard of the customer lifecycle, but why isn’t anyone talking about the employee lifecycle? As an IT service provider, your employees are the backbone of your business—fueling your business relationships and service delivery. Therefore, it’s more than ever important that you learn how to hire the best IT talent and keep them on board. So, where can you start?

This is the first of a three-part series discussing common challenges MSP businesses face when it comes to hiring, onboarding, retaining, reducing employee turnover, and actionable ways to overcome them. I know this process can seem a bit overwhelming, but in this post, I’ll walk you through industry research and best practices for owning the hiring and onboarding process to ensure you are setting new employees and your organization up for success.

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Topics: Hiring and Recruiting, Workforce Optimization and Employee Retention

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

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