Yearly Archives: 2018

Mike Abernathy of NSCA Talks About Solutions360 Business Accelerator Partner

Posted on October 15, 2018 in Achieve Business Growth ,Industry Discussion ,Solutions360 by

In this week’s video, we speak with Mike Abernathy of the National Systems Contractors Association about the Business Accelerators program. “The NSCA is a community of systems integrators and systems contractors,” says Abernathy. “Our role and our job is to assist members, and help them with day-to-day business issues.” That’s why Solutions360 has partnered with NSCA and the Business Accelerators. Solutions360 is an integral part of the NSCA’s Business Accelerator program, which helps systems integrators address key challenges and shifting business models, according to Abernathy. […]

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M&A Fundamentals For VARs

Posted on May 7, 2018 in Around the Web ,Change Management ,Improve Profitability by

By Abby Sorensen Advice on selling your business can improve your company now. Every VAR should want to increase recurring revenue, form stickier relationships with customers, maintain organized financial records, and accelerate growth. If you listened to sound bites of Brooke Ybarra’s (pronounced ee-bar-a) keynote presentation at Channel Executive’s Retail IT VAR Of The Future conference in April, you might have thought she was giving advice on how to run a successful IT channel company. Instead, the senior manager at First Annapolis Consulting (recently acquired by Accenture) was […]

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Spinitar Embraces RMR for Predictable Revenue

Posted on April 30, 2018 in Blog ,Customer Success Stories by

  Adding recurring streams of revenue to your technology integration business will help to develop predictable revenue that can make your company more sustainable in the long run. We often hear from integrators that they are too busy working in their business to work on their business. There is a tendency to just keep executing and move onto the next project, which is how the AV industry has traditionally operated.  This project-based mentality remains pervasive, and it has taken a long time for AV to […]

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How To Help VARs Adopt The As-A-Service Revenue Model

Posted on March 12, 2018 in Blog ,Change Management by

The as-a-Service revenue model has become a common delivery model for many business applications, but that doesn’t make it any easier when trying to convince VARs to utilize it. In this exclusive interview, Suzanne Davis, Director of Channel Sales at Harbortouch, breaks down the benefits of the as-a-Service model and offers advice on how the help VARs transition to it smoothly. BSM: What is the biggest benefit to VARs/dealers of the as-a-Service recurring revenue model? Davis: The as-a-Service business model delivers VARs with a stable, […]

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Does Managed Service Demand Exist for AV Solutions?

Posted on February 19, 2018 in Blog ,Improve Profitability ,Industry Discussion by

posted by Chuck Wilson on Monday, January 15, 2018 in Unified Communications and IT Blog In a recent Twitter debate, I was challenged on a statement I made in this article, recently published in Commercial Integrator. In this piece, I said that until AV companies have the right people in place, they won’t be able to make the jump to a recurring revenue model. The debate began with a good friend of mine suggesting that: “The growth of managed services will be determined solely by the […]

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There’s a ‘Disappointing’ Lack of Managed Services Contracts in AV Industry, According to These Findings

Posted on January 22, 2018 in Blog ,Change Management ,Improve Profitability by

Managed services contracts are still considerably low in the AV industry. This is surprising for a space that’s filled with acquisitions. by Tom LeBlanc “If there was one disappointment” in the otherwise glowingly optimistic results of Commercial Integrator’s and NSCA’s annual Integration Business Outlook Survey, it was that the AV industry transition from project- to service-based revenue isn’t going gangbusters.An inexcusable 20 percent report that they earn zero via managed services contracts. Nearly a third, 30 percent, earn only 1-5 percent of their revenue via […]

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Lessons Learned On The Path To Triple-Digit Managed Services Growth

Posted on December 25, 2017 in Blog ,Improve Profitability by

This VAR had to radically change its business to become a managed services provider (MSP), but another year of triple-digit growth confirms it was the right move.   We’ve covered numerous success stories in Business Solutions over the past decade highlighting multiple benefits of selling managed services. Among those benefits are: steady monthly revenue, a less hectic work environment, and higher profit margins than selling project-based and break-fix IT services. If selling managed services really is better, why would more than 60 percent of IT […]

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