Channel priorities and focus shifts to managed services over the next 12 months

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 09:24

Channel priorities and focus shifts to managed services over the next 12 months

GFI Software today announced the results of its latest channel survey of 235 of its GFI MAX® Managed Service Providers (MSPs). The survey found that 78% of GFI MAX partners are actively discussing cloud services options with their customers, revealing that Cloud Computing is a key business driver for the channel in 2012. The survey was carried out at recent partner events held in the United Kingdom, United States, Australia and the Netherlands.

GFI MAX partners anticipate that online backup services will be most widely adopted via the cloud, while services such as accounting and payroll will remain as on-premise solutions. The survey also revealed that 88% of respondents would like to see their customer base move to a managed services platform, while only 42.2% indicated that this is currently the case.

“The channel is constantly evolving as IT needs change,” says Dr. Alistair Forbes, GFI MAX general manager at GFI Software. “The survey provides an insight into the MSP market and what they feel customers are looking for in terms of their IT investment in 2012 and beyond. With cloud services being top of mind for many of our partners’ customers, we need to ensure that we continually evolve and provide a full portfolio of solutions that help our partners capitalise on market trends and continue with the provision of top of the range IT solutions.”

According to the survey results, GFI MAX partners are optimistic about the business prospects for 2012 despite continued economic uncertainties, with 51% of those surveyed saying that growing their customer base and preparing their organisations for growth was the biggest business priority for the New Year. Meanwhile 20% were more concerned with improving the efficiency of their business. However, 47% of those surveyed said that winning new business was the biggest challenge for the New Year, while 23.5% cited lack of sales and marketing resources as their biggest obstacle for the New Year.

“GFI Software maintains its commitment to IT support companies and MSPs seeking to grow revenue from existing customers, to attract new customers and to grow their business profitability” added Forbes. “We will continue to proactively determine which types of solutions will benefit them most as needs evolve and arm them with the tools necessary for growth.”

GFI MAX Supporting The Growth Of Its MSP customers

GFI provides extensive training and managed services enablement through its Building Blocks to Managed Services Webinar Series and support materials, as well as industry trends, news, discussion and best-practice sharing through its MSP Business Management blog and LinkedIn user group.

GFI MAX RemoteManagement and other services are available for free, 30-day trails. To learn more about GFI MAX, visit www.gfi.com/max or email [email protected].

GFI Software was named one of the “Best Channel Vendors 2012” by Business Solutions Magazine. Based on votes from the publication’s IT reseller readership, GFI Software was rated among the top vendors in the managed services category for GFI MAX.

To learn more about GFI MAX, visit www.gfi.com/max or email [email protected].

About GFI Software

GFI Software provides web and mail security, archiving, backup and fax, networking and security software and hosted IT solutions for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) via an extensive global partner community. GFI products are available either as on-premise solutions, in the cloud or as a hybrid of both delivery models. With award-winning technology, a competitive pricing strategy, and a strong focus on the unique requirements of SMBs, GFI satisfies the IT needs of organisations on a global scale. The company has offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Austria, Australia, Malta, Hong Kong, Philippines and Romania, which together support hundreds of thousands of installations worldwide. GFI is a channel-focused company with thousands of partners throughout the world and is also a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner.

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GFI Software

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