While Office 365 adoption continues to skyrocket, so do your customers’ security, compliance and other business needs, which all require your expertise.
Here’s the good news: the managed IT services market is expected to grow from $145.33 billion in 2016 to $242.45 billion by 2021, with a 10.8% compounded annual growth rate. Industry growth like this can create an enormous opportunity for MSPs to grow their businesses.
Goal setting tops the agenda in 2018 for many of you, and it should. Planning your path to success will help you achieve business objectives throughout the year. While there’s nothing wrong with sketching out the year ahead (I love planning and goal setting, to be perfectly honest), it’s essentially useless unless you follow up with action — act sooner than later.
The quality of your customer relationships can determine the long-term success of your business. The key is good communication. The more effectively you communicate with your clients, the better your long-term relationships will be.
2017 has finally come to a close. (Where did the time go?) We all have a lot to look forward to in 2018 (especially TruMethods’ annual Schnizzfest, where our community comes together to collectively overcome our industry’s challenges without the usual conference distractions). Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, though, I want to first answer the following question: What should IT providers be considering as we head into the new year?
Being a middle-of-the-road MSP isn’t good enough anymore. As 2017 turns into 2018, new trends in the marketplace are redefining the role of an MSP. In this new reality, if you want to improve your MSP sales and develop a better customer base, you need to position yourself as a World Class MSP.
Over the past year, cybersecurity has hit the headlines regularly, from the alleged Russian hack of the U.S. presidential election to corporate and Department of Defense security breaches. Equifax is just the latest story, and, with 145.5 million people affected, the one that resonates most with the person on the street.
You’ve decided it’s time to become a Technology Success Provider (TSP), but you’re not sure where to begin — that’s okay. I’ll walk you through the initial steps. Be sure to always keep the following in the back of your mind: Your clients today need advice on how to navigate a more complex and technical environment. That’s where you come in as a TSP, and that’s where you as a business owner profit.
The sand’s shifting for MSPs. Now, what do I mean by that? Take a look around you: Core MSP services such as support, patch, spy, spam, backup and security are being commoditized. The average customer can no longer tell the difference between the experienced MSP and the inexperienced MSP. Simply stating you’re a “trusted advisor” is no longer enough (especially when most MSPs use the same tools and technology), so where does the industry go from here? There’s a new model I’d like to introduce you to, and that’s the technology success provider (or, to shorten it up a bit, TSP).
There’s a contraction in our language we tend to lean on when times are tough. It’s a word we say out loud (or even to ourselves) when we’re feeling powerless, defeated and scared. It’s a four-letter word (with an apostrophe thrown in there for good measure) we all know well, a word we’ve used more than once to get out of our responsibilities — and that word is can’t.