Yearly Archives: 2019

How Do You Get Your Sales Team to Sell as-a-Service?

Posted on July 29, 2019 in Change Management ,Industry Discussion by

There has been a lot of discussion in the integration industry about the need to develop services revenue, and embrace new business models, in order to remain relevant. At InfoComm, Chad Sowers, Director of Business Development at GreatAmerica Financial Services stopped by our booth to talk about some of the stumbling blocks that he sees integrators experiencing. “There will be challenges as integrators make that transition into managed services, or hardware-as-a-service, AV-as-a-service, or any new business models,” Sowers reports. “One of the biggest stumbling blocks […]

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Using As-A-Service to Sell More Hardware

Posted on March 18, 2019 in Around the Web by

A blog entry based upon an article from our partners at GreatAmerica Financial Services There is no way around it. If As-A-Service wasn’t the “thing” before, 2019 is the year of As-A-Service for Managed Service Providers, UC providers and Audio Visual shops. Just last week, Arlin Sorensen, the father of MSP best practice sharing, stated in his daily email, “the days of long term contracts will likely change as the buyers become younger and more friendly to a subscription rather than longer term commitment.” Don’t […]

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Are Your Revenues Increasing, But Not Your Profits?

Posted on January 28, 2019 in Improve Profitability ,Increase Project Profitability ,Q360 by

If the 9th Annual Integration Business Outlook  presented by CI and NSCA is any indication, integrators will be focused on increasing profitability in 2019. Some of the biggest takeaways of the CI 2019 State of the Industry report are that business is good, revenues are climbing and integration firms are growing. But what does ‘growing’ really mean? Because when you take a closer look at the numbers, the industry is simultaneously suffering from a profitability problem. Really, this comes as no surprise. Margins on hardware […]

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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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Does Managed Service Demand Exist for AV Solutions?

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

  By Chuck Wilson 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 market. ‘The right people’ cannot create demand that doesn’t exist. And […]

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