Guest Column | July 30, 2013

4 Steps To Transitioning From Break-Fix To MSP

By: Dave Sobel, director of partner community, Level Platforms, an AVG Company

Solution providers are drawn to the managed services model. The allure of recurring revenue is strong — besides helping to stabilize cash flow and service delivery costs, it shifts the relationship between solutions providers and their clients from being adversarial to one where both parties have similar business goals.   

The transformation is significant, massively altering, and straightforward. And the best way to start is with a good plan.

Step One: Understand the business model. To know what you want to do, you have to understand what you will become. There are considerable resources available online, like Level Platforms’ “See All — Manage All — Service All” webinars, and reading and learning what the business model looks like will help with the transformation.

Step Two: Offer a new, simple service to your customers. Start with a monitoring and alerting service for customers who you have previously serviced with break-fix style engagements. Using a remote monitoring and management (RMM) tool, a solutions provider can set up a simple service, watching break-fix customers for incidents, and alerting those customers when something occurs.