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How To Evaluate Your vCIOs

We at TruMethods encourage all our members to track and measure the results of each service delivery area. While many TruMethods members understand what we’re asking for them to measure when it comes to the majority of service delivery areas, there’s typically a misunderstanding when it comes to evaluating vCIOs — but that stops today.

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, tagged in strategic relationships, vCIO

Become A Strategic Partner, Not A Trusted Advisor

Without a doubt, “trusted advisor” is one of the most overused and misused terms in the industry. We’ve all used it at some point or another. It’s how we’ve pitched ourselves to potential clients, right? “Think of us as your trusted advisor,” we’d say. It’s how we’ve been carrying out business for many years, but it’s about time we change our approach.

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, tagged in world class msp, vCIO

Are You A Functional Area Or An Expense?

Take a look at your business and how your customers perceive you. Do they consider you to be integral to their businesses, or are you just another expense item, tucked away under SG&A? Are your customers willing to pay top dollar for your services, or are they looking to go with the cheapest rate? Understanding where your customers fit you into their business plans tells you where you as an IT provider need to shift approaches.

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, tagged in MSP Value, top managed service provider, vCIO

You're No Longer An MSP: Here's Why

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).

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, tagged in MSP, IT service, vCIO, technology success

Do Your IT Services Enable Proactive Network Management?

If you’re struggling to get into the top tier of MSPs, you’re not alone. The majority of MSPs spend years trying to get to the top, and most never make it.

For many, one of the biggest roadblocks keeping them from becoming a World Class MSP is how they provide IT services. This has the power to launch you into the top tier of MSPs or cripple your operations. Are your IT services designed to enable proactive network management? Or are you reactionary, addressing issues only when they’re brought to your attention through an IT ticket?

Find out why World Class MSPs take a proactive approach to network management and why you should, too.

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, tagged in vCIO, IT process, proactive network management

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