Miles Technologies is an IT and software firm founded in 1997 and headquartered in Moorestown, N.J. With an additional office in Philadelphia, they operate with a team of over 300 employees to provide various services, including custom software development, mobile app development, and cloud consulting and SI. Their clientele consists of small, midmarket, and enterprise companies within the business, financial, or health care industries.
This is a great primer on MSPs, and your insight on the MSPs struggle to stay relevant in a world where the adoption of X-as-a-Service is mainstream. End customers are led to a false sense of security, often believing the protection of data and configurations are minded by the XaaS provider. That's where we see the greatest potential for MSPs to grow into - efficiently servicing the Services and devices that traditional RMMs currently don't have visibility into. The opportunity to manage a customer holistically is huge if MSPs achieve the right automation.
Managed IT services heralded a proactive approach to IT, attempting to conduct maintenance, upgrades, system monitoring and issue resolution on a routine basis, with the goal of preventing problems before they started. Automation, increased Internet capabilities and cloud computing allowed for monitoring and issue resolution to be provided remotely, enabling more efficient processes and a consolidation of resources.
2020 has seen a steady and continued trend of continued attacks against MSPs. Unfortunately for many SMBs, they have been brought into a new reality: They are included as victims by inheritance through their use of MSPs, often through no fault of their own. These SMBs are stuck in an ultimate catch-22. As they are far too small to effectively invest in their own IT management, partnering with an MSP makes sense. Yet this partnership can be fraught with new risks, many of which the SMB sector itself doesn't fully recognize.
DXC offers expertise for different industries and sectors as well as in key domain areas, including analytics, cloud and platform services, Internet of Things, and application services. A key offering is DXC Bionix, an approach built on intelligent automation at scale. It incorporates AI, lean process methodologies and an extensive partner network to automate workflows and improve response times, accuracy and standardization. DXC is heavily focused on emerging technologies, including blockchain, IoT, robotics and autonomous vehicles.
Headquartered in Westchester, Ill. and founded in 2010, Middleground Technologies is an IT services provider that works with mid market and enterprise companies in the health care, legal, manufacturing, business services, and financial service industries. Their team of 15 provide IT management, cloud consulting, and cybersecurity services to clientele.
LTI is headquartered in Mumbai, India. A core philosophy for LTI is “Operate, To Transform.” It focuses on an organization becoming an “automation native” rather than addressing automation issues ad hoc. Operate, To Transform is a business and IT framework that allows organizations to pivot quickly and maintain a continuous business transformation function. This approach incorporates a 4D model that extends across four dimensions: operations, landscape, business process KPIs & end user personas.
IBM has embraced an array of emerging technologies that help organizations build highly integrated and innovative technology platforms that support next-generation capabilities. It focuses heavily on AI, blockchain, IoT, cloud and advanced analytics, including machine learning. The company has taken a lead position in the development of quantum computing frameworks. Although these systems remain in a beta phase for now, IBM R&D is moving the technology from the lab to commercial viability. IBM remains a leader in IT services. It offers a broad array of platforms and services directly or through an MSP model that incorporates other leading tech vendors.
Morgan explains that help for all SMBs is on the way. "The CyberCall has been a tremendous catalyst for the entire industry. We've already had leaders from the Center for Internet Security, Global Cyber Alliance, and others join our call. They understand that the only way the SMB sector can truly be secured is by way of the MSP. They are focused on bringing the resources, attention, and help that all MSPs and their SMB clients need in these wild times."
Choosing the right IT services firm is paramount. Finding the right fit means understanding what a particular company offers, how your firm’s processes fit with the vendor’s model, and ensuring that adequate quality assurance and service level agreements (SLAs) are in order. Quality and performance metrics are crucial for holding a provider accountable and ensuring you’re your organization receives the agreed upon attention and level of service.