Month: April 2020

How COVID-19 pandemic will change managed services utterly

How COVID-19 pandemic will change managed services utterly

The market research firm Information Services Group (ISG) is forecasting that global spending on managed services will decline 7 percent for the full 2020 year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the current pause in spending by most...

/ April 22, 2020
Building customer trust

Building customer trust

Trust is a tricky business. Creating it is a slow, delicate process, yet losing it takes only seconds, leaving customers with a sour taste and our sales margin worse for wear. Don’t take just my word for it. Last year,...

/ April 22, 2020
How long should my MSP contracts last?

How long should my MSP contracts last?

How long should you ask your managed services clients to commit to? This is a question that I’m frequently asked by IT Solution Providers and Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and my answer is always that “It depends!” The length of...

/ April 21, 2020 / 2 Comments
Tax scam season arrives

Tax scam season arrives

While your clients are busy preparing for the impact of coronavirus shutdowns on their businesses, MSPs must stay vigilant when it comes to the annual influx of tax scams. In the past, these scams centered around W-2 form theft. Because...

/ April 21, 2020
Ask an MSP Expert: How can I convince clients to add VPNs for a remote workforce?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can I convince clients to add VPNs for a remote workforce?

Q: We are now supporting more clients with remote workers than we ever have before. We see using VPNs as a very useful tool for helping to securing their workforces, but some clients are reluctant to use them. What can...

/ April 20, 2020 / 6 Comments
Tech Time Warp: The 411 on the 414s

Tech Time Warp: The 411 on the 414s

Some hackers break into networks in search of confidential information, often with the idea of selling it on the dark web. Others want to disrupt a competitor’s operations. But for some, the hacking itself is the primary goal: Can it...

/ April 17, 2020 / 1 Comment
Maximizing manpower for business customers

Maximizing manpower for business customers

If you’ve spoken with one of your customers lately, you’ve likely heard common difficulties they are having when managing IT resources. In particular, security teams lacking in staff and necessary skills, yet expected to drive consistent results regardless. Over the...

/ April 16, 2020
MSPs can help combat “Zoombombing”

MSPs can help combat “Zoombombing”

The coronavirus crisis has brought with it a host of new cybersecurity worries from increased phishing attempts to work-at-home vulnerabilities. Add to that the employment uncertainty both at the MSP and client level, and there’s a lot to deal with...

/ April 16, 2020
Selling in tough times

Selling in tough times

The job of the tech salesperson has suddenly become a lot harder, despite a great run of healthy demand and innovation in the recent past. Life’s been pretty good for the past few years. The Brookings Institute reported in 2019...

/ April 15, 2020
MSPs must focus on modernizing business continuity plans

MSPs must focus on modernizing business continuity plans

By now it’s become apparent just how woefully inadequate the business continuity plans most organizations had in place, if they existed at all, were prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most organizations assume a level of disruption that would last, at...

/ April 15, 2020