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1 - MSPs More Confident but Must Always Adapt to ChangeMSPs More Confident but Must Always Adapt to Change

MSPs have made strides but have a long way to go before they are active providers of more advanced services, recent research from CompTIA finds.

2 - Managed Services Come of AgeManaged Services Come of Age

Managed services is now the second most popular business model in the channel today. Three in 10 respondents ranked managed services as their leading source of revenue in the last 12 months. Traditional IT solutions deployed on a project basis still come in first place, at 44%.

3 - Length of MSP ExperienceLength of MSP Experience

Just over two-fifths (43%) say they’ve been an MSP for five years or more. Another 45% say they’ve been an MSP for two to five years. Just under 12% have been in business for less than two years.

4 - Level of MSP ExpertiseLevel of MSP Expertise

Two-thirds of the respondents described their organization as having a high level of MSP expertise. The other 33% say their skills are getting better.

5 - Managed Services Revenue ExpectationsManaged Services Revenue Expectations

Half of respondents expect managed services to comprise three-quarters of their revenue within two years. Another 45% say they will make up half their revenue in that time.

6 - Primary Drivers of Managed Services Delivery ModelPrimary Drivers of Managed Services Delivery Model

Improving service utilization rates ranked highest, followed by increasing revenues and protecting the customer base.

7 - Top Managed Services OfferedTop Managed Services Offered

Security in the form of firewall management and server management are tied for first place at 74%. Storage (72%) and network management (71%) are also top services provided.

8 - Top Managed Services PlannedTop Managed Services Planned

The top new offering MSPs plan to deliver is managed print services (32%), followed by help desk (31%), and virtual desktop and database management, tied at 30%. A full 59% plan to increase the number of services they offer.

9 - MSP Operational EfficiencyMSP Operational Efficiency

Between half and 60% said they are optimally efficient across functions such as technical processes, sales effectiveness, MSP pricing structures and customer retention. On average, roughly four in 10 said they were close to optimal across all functions and a full 76% described themselves as being a well-oiled machine. Respondents were least confident about efficiency in maximizing ROI in new areas, such as cloud computing or developing vertical industry expertise.

10 - Focus on RMM/PSA ToolsFocus on RMM/PSA Tools

Less than a third of MSPs (27%) said buying and implementing commercial professional service automation (PSA) or remote monitoring management (RMM) software is a priority. Primary reasons cited for adopting these tools are managing problem resolution more efficiently, managing customer billing and payments, and managing internal sales and marketing teams. A full 59% of those that have made these investments say it has been worthwhile.

11 - MSP Employee RetentionMSP Employee Retention

A full 80% of MSPs say they’ve had one or more employees poached by an internal IT organization. Depending on their size, 29% to 41% of MSPs say retaining employees is a major challenge.

12 - MSP Hiring PracticesMSP Hiring Practices

Just over a third (36%) say they hire a new technician for every 30 customer seats gained. Another 25% put that number at 20 customer seats.

13 - Top MSP PrioritiesTop MSP Priorities

Adding new customers tops the list, at 62%, followed by expanding the base of services consumed by existing customers (58%), expanding the number of services offered (57%) and improving service utilization rates (56%).

14 - Coping With the CloudCoping With the Cloud

Just over half (54%) say they have made a strategic investment in cloud computing. Another 44% say they will respond tactically to a customer request. A full 62% admit cloud computing is the No. 1 issue keeping them up at night, and more than half are worried about margin erosion.

15 - Cost of Customer AcquisitionCost of Customer Acquisition

Just over half (52%) put the cost of acquiring a new customer at somewhere between $1,000 and $2,500 each.

16 - Rate of Customer EngagementRate of Customer Engagement

Most MSPs (33% to 49%) engage customers on a monthly basis, depending on their size. Another 20% to 37% say they engage customers weekly.