One of TCS’s premier offerings is its specialized Customer Intelligence & Insights (CI&I) software, which is available for specific industries, including retail, banks and communications service providers. It delivers advanced analytics and was developed to integrate with the IoT. The firm’s services are designed to address complex requirements across industries and for different types of business and IT needs. This includes cloud integration, cybersecurity and emerging technologies such as blockchain.
Now more than ever, leading MSPs are re-engineering their cybersecurity offerings. "The new normal has begun, and the line in the sand of minimum cybersecurity requirements have changed for the SMB," says Andrew Morgan, host of the CyberCall, a free online community of 2,000 security-focused MSPs. "We're leading the charge for all MSPs, helping them understand that what they were doing for security in the past is no longer sufficient. And explaining this to their clients is a core competency that all MSPs must have in order to survive."
Cognizant delivers expertise and services for businesses within 20 industries, including banking and financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, life sciences and retail. Cognizant engenders a high level of loyalty. More than 90 percent of the firm’s revenues come from returning clients. The firm has established strong technology partnerships. These include: AWS, Google Cloud, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP and VMware.
SugarShot provided IT consulting and help desk services for a non-profit. The client felt they did not need an in-house person doing IT, but they needed a help desk they could call when they needed assistance. SugarShot is a help desk for the client; they manage servers and services, provide troubleshooting services, and they serve a variety of other functions. The client has been satisfied with the company’s work, and they feel that the company has helped move their cybersecurity forward.
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.
Accenture's offering includes systems for integrating data, developing IoT frameworks, integrating AI and other emerging technologies, and more. The company has developed a comprehensive innovation architecture along with extensive partnerships. Its offerings are grouped into five categories: Strategy, Consulting, Digital, Technology and Operations.
Strong in-house expertise and partnerships allow NTT Data to deliver an array of highly flexible business arrangements that address consulting, managed services, outsourcing, and cloud frameworks. Big data and analytics are areas of particular expertise. The firm uses an approach called NTT DATA Technology Foresight to help businesses map out a digital strategy and unleash innovation.
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.
The Plano, Texas-based firm is a relatively new player in the services space. It was formed in 2017 following the merger of CSC and HPE’s Enterprise Services division. The company offers end-to-end IT services and managed services in over 70 countries. The focus is heavily on integrating the cloud, analytics and mobility to unleash innovation and change.
Rackspace acquired Datapipe and incorporated it into its operations in November 2017. It has built a framework of professional and managed IT services revolving around several key industries, including: healthcare, pharmaceuticals, finance and media. Rackspace specializes in solutions by industry as well as by the type of business and IT challenge. These fit within domain expertise in e-commerce, database management, business intelligence and other areas. The company has established key partnerships with several key technology companies. These include: Alibaba Cloud, AWS, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce and SAP.
Today more companies are opting for a managed service model instead of outsourcing specific IT activities. This reduces their risk of technology disruption and helps the organization be ready for new opportunities. Managed IT service company delivers cost-effective solutions for managed IT cloud colocation, disaster recovery and ITconsulting services.
The commoditization of basic managed services has compelled managed services providers to differentiate their offerings. One popular direction is managed security services. Customers increasingly demand IT security assistance from their service providers. Accordingly, services providers are developing managed security services practices or partnering with security vendors to provide cybersecurity services.
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.
However, managed IT services do not necessarily make the enterprise IT professional obsolete; for the end user, an IT professional can act as an endpoint liaison that manages the relationship, provides feedback and analyzes the reports provided by the MSP. Because the majority of routine work is being completed by the MSP, the IT professional is capable of greater efficiency and has the flexibility to tackle larger, more complex projects they would otherwise not have the time or capacity to take on.