Yes, even the MSP industry seems to be growing, and the majority of indicators are positive. While every statistic from analytics has varying reports of industry growth, all of them are very optimistic.
However, when we talk to individual IT managed services providers with fewer than 20 people the picture does not seem so rosy. They’re reporting problems with sales, cloud adoption, and transferring time & material (T&M) contracts to IT companies.
The IT world has undergone fundamental changes, and clients are not knocking on managed services providers' doors anymore. The most common report is the struggle with sales.
I’ve been talking with a fellow MSP entrepreneur recently about sales. He’s been suffering the inability to find the right someone for MSP contract sales, so he or the other directors are saddled with the sales work.
This is actually the usual situation among IT managed services providers... I see it all the time. The directors, CEOs and company presidents, are doing the sales for MSP services and neglecting their bailiwicks...developing the business.
The problem however is not HR, but the nature of the operation. Usually, when you find yourself unable to hire someone, and the high level staff are stuck doing it, you only see that symptom and not the root cause. In this case, the operational problem is causing the HR problem. The process is so complex that it narrows your field of potential hires. Only those with the most experience can manage it, and those people are most needed in other roles.
I was interested about the vCIO, vCTO, and Virtual Executive types of services. So my colleague Peter did some research on LinkedIn on the topic. Keep in mind everything herein is based on LinkedIn publicly accessible data...it’s interesting but there’s a limit to the depth of research you can do this way.So in general, I found that clearly the Virtual CIO industry is driven by the US. I can confirm this from personal experience, that American MSPs are much more comfortable with this term than European, Australian or even Canadian IT managed services providers.
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