When Daniel Cohn’s previous employer shifted direction and shelved a small business initiative they had put in motion, Cohn leveraged the knowledge base he had built to form his own IT services firm, Cohn Consulting Corp. But instead of serving a small business clientele as he had anticipated, Cohn landed a mix of large companies as his first customers.
The fact centrexIT is headquartered in one of the biggest bio-tech hotspots in the U.S. is no accident. This San Diego-based pure-play managed services provider (MSP) has been focused on the life science and healthcare sectors since its early days and sees an even brighter future with the advent of cloud and other advanced and emerging technologies.
The concept of ASCII is simple. What sets The ASCII Group apart is that it is a community open to all independent IT practices – ranging in size and scope from a single person operation to large companies with many employees.
A common tagline that is used by The ASCII Group is, ‘Leverage the power of an interactive community’. For the past 30 years, The ASCII Group has celebrated the solution provider and heralded the benefits of working within a community by offering over 70 programs that provide innovative business building strategies and extensive peer networking.
A common thread that links business owners together is their focus on the ‘The Big Picture’ and how they can grow and improve their organization. But with clients becoming more sophisticated and technology more of a commodity, how do you set yourself apart from the pack?
The future of Managed Services has never been brighter. Traditional, pure play MSPs now find themselves rubbing shoulders with a new breed of MSP. VoIP, print management, audio visual, copier providers and many others have converged on the managed services sector as a way to diversify their revenue and add new value to established customers.
Having already built a successful IT business on Australia’s Gold Coast, Daniel Davis was seeking to continue his work while maintaining a slower pace of life. In 2009, he left the big city behind and founded Darktime Computer Services (DCS) in Chinchilla, a town in Queensland’s relatively remote Western Downs region, which boasts a high concentration of gas, mining and drilling companies, as well as real estate and engineering firms. DCS was established to deliver networking, server and backup solutions to business customers of all sizes.
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As more companies adopt public cloud services from a variety of vendors, often with self-service provisioning and very attractive price points, managed service providers (MSPs) are finding their sphere of control in the enterprise shrinking rapidly. What customers used to rely on MSPs to handle, now can be handled by in-house IT and faceless third parties. However, this is hardly a death knell for MSPs.
Managed service providers are increasingly finding themselves in the role of “service brokers,” reselling public cloud services and struggling to stay relevant as their clients turn to self-service SaaS and IaaS offerings from commodity cloud vendors. Not only is this a challenging, race-to-the-bottom approach with low margins and stiff competition, but it is a difficult model to sustain and grow.