John Watkins, who is an engineer by heart, started right out of high school in IT and later teamed up with a local break-fix shop that had multiple locations in the Tampa Bay area. After about 3 years they transition to full MSP and have been growing steadily ever since. As John says , “You’ll never learn more than working for an MSP”. Continue reading
Tim has been an MSP Pioneer since the 90’s. After leaving a value added reseller in 1991 Tim started his own company because he saw the future in network services. In 1996 Tim and his partner realized that they need to provide their services for a fixed fee...hence pioneering the managed services model. Continue reading
I work at CloudBerry, but I'm also a CloudBerry user. Like many of you, I need to protect both my work and my personal files, but I have different needs for each when it comes to what I need to be able to restore. What follows are my preferred retention settings for work and personal backups. Continue reading
Krunal is in the UK and he and his company support the hospitality industry (hotels, coffee shops, etc). They’ve been in business since 2009 after Krunal saw some opportunities to consolidate IT services for hotels and retail outlets and provide a one stop shop. Since many hotels are owned by a franchisee Krunal and his team have carved out a great niche for their company.
Cybersecurity threats are constantly evolving. It’s absolutely necessary for businesses with internal or external networks to run intrusion detection and prevention systems, antivirus solutions with advanced malware detection heuristics, vulnerability monitoring, ensure regulatory compliance and maintain security information and event management systems. Continue reading
Doug is the founder and CEO of Brightworks Group. Brightworks has been in business for 7 years and they consider themselves at technology success providers. While similar to an MSP, Brightworks Group works with a unique set of customers focused in the high end financial and private equity services. Continue reading
PSA (Professional Services Automation) and RMM (Remote Monitoring and Management) tools are both created to boost a service provider’s business, but they are aimed at different spheres.
Using PSA can help build business processes, while RMM is all about the ‘fine tuning’ of an internal technical support. In this article, we are going to help you choose the right tool first. Continue reading
If your managed services company is in its early stages and you are confused about which way to go to build your support system, or which framework to follow, this article has the information you need. Continue reading
This week’s guest is Michael Drobnis from OptfinITy. Michael has been in business for 17 years. He started with basic break/fix doing a lot of the technical work but then moved to managed services where Michael took a more active role in managing the business. OptfinITy now has 14 employees and they focus a lot on associations. They also encourage their employees to be a member of a chamber of commerce. Continue reading
The ultimate goal of a managed service provider (MSP) is to successfully manage clients’ IT infrastructure from a remote location (in an ideal world). However, in order to achieve this goal, an MSP must streamline its process of managing requests — and this is where crucial role of IT help desk ticketing system comes in. In this article, we have reviewed the most popular MSP help desk software to help you make the right decision for your organization. Continue reading
Starting at a young age, Robert started getting technical certifications. Before he graduated high school he was already doing a lot of IT work for the school district. This turned into a job with the school district after graduation but it wasn’t long before Robert decided he could make a business (and a living) out of helping people with their IT needs. Continue reading
The MSP market is more competitive than ever before. With the current array of providers, crafting a unique competitive advantage and differentiating your services from others could be a significant challenge. You may have determined how to start a managed services company, but the next major hurdle and question you face is: How do we get managed services clients? Continue reading