Managed Service Providers Find Strength in NumbersBy Pedro Pereira | Posted 2009-02-09 Email Print
Managed services is the fastest growing and most profitable segment of the IT channel, but adapting to the business model, delivery systems and marketplace remains elusive. These managed service communities provide the resources and support that will benefit any managed service provider.pagebreak=MSPAlliance}
MSPAlliance was founded in 2000 with the mission of providing a voice unique to the MSPs, according to President Charles Weaver. Over the years, the organization’s mission has evolved into an accrediting body with the goal of upholding standards and promoting high levels of professionalism in the managed services industry.
The MSP Alliance’s membership fee is $95 a year.
Companies that are MSPs and any other channel organization, be it a VAR, systems integrator, service provider or solution provider, with a stated objective of becoming an MSP.
Member benefits are varied, covering such business needs as legal services and liability insurance. Here is a list of MSP Alliance membership benefits:
- Managed Services Professional Liability Insurance
- Managed Services Accreditation Program exam
- Managed Services Institute
- Managed Services Leasing Program
- Health insurance
- Legal Services Hotline
- Managed Services Code of Ethics & Conduct
- Vendor Guide (for selecting service-enabling technology vendors)
- Managed Services Accreditation
- Green IT Certification
- Vendor Accreditation Program (for vendors that enable services)
MSPAlliance has hosted managed services-focused events for nearly a decade, with goal of educating MSPs to help them run their businesses successfully and profitably. Events include MSP Summits in several locations throughout the year. MSPAlliance also is hosting a series of MSAP exam workshops and networking events throughout the world; the first is on Jan. 22 in Dallas.