Increasingly, email has become “the” critical business service. According to Radicati’s 2014-2018 Email Statistics Report, there were 4.1 billion email accounts in 2014, and this will grow to 5.2 billion within four years. Business is the biggest source of email traffic, said the report, accounting for 108.7 billion emails per day in 2014 – and the number of business-related emails will increase to 139.4 billion daily by 2018. Clearly email is baked into the DNA of any business.
Unfortunately, email is also a channel for attackers to strike at any organization. Spam is a frequent problem for business users, who may be sent harmful attachments that could infect computers on their network. Our SolarWinds® MSP Mail solution data supports the worldwide statistics claiming that almost 70% of email traffic worldwide is spam or malicious.
Can a piece of software increase your cash flow and profits? No, not the software; it is the automation of processes that the software facilitates. Regardless of your business, you must have processes in place and make them workable in order to succeed and scale. Unfortunately humans are prone to distraction and must sometimes be given a framework for getting mundane tasks done.
Think of selling disaster recovery like selling insurance. You are trying to get a customer to give you money just in case something goes wrong. It’s just like car insurance, no one says to themselves, “I sure am glad I give hundreds of dollars a month to my insurance company!” That is until they get into an accident. Likewise your customers know it’s possible that data, applications, and systems can corrupt or fail, leaving their business partially or completely inoperative. They realize the need for disaster recovery.
But then comes the question of just how much to protect.
Disaster recovery scenario planning begins with identifying potential business interruption events. If you understand what the risks are, you can formulate a strategy of how to deal with them and mitigate, or at least limit, business impact. Once the disaster recovery scenarios are identified, the planning phase commences. This involves determining the probability of each scenario occurring and documenting the recovery operations.
In the early days of starting an IT business, it’s tempting to grab every potential client and assignment in the pursuit of revenue. While this is an understandable strategy, it makes more sense long-term to have a clear idea of exactly what services you will offer and how you will deliver them.
Agreeing to carry out tasks that don’t fit with your skills is a fast road to stress, and probably plenty of unpaid overtime as well. Before you come up with a business tagline, take an accurate inventory of your strengths and weaknesses. Your business reputation is of paramount importance— so spend time getting your offering right.
As the basis for so much daily business communication, email is a mission-critical service for many business people. Managed services providers must steward it carefully, with a close eye on performance. In the fight for effective email management, there is one weapon that service providers frequently overlook: archiving.
It’s an all too familiar occurrence for businesses today: something goes wrong – from the simple accidental deletion, to the loss of an entire building’s worth of data – and IT is supposed to make it all better. Right now. (Is it done yet?)
This is not always the easiest task to accomplish. Why? It may be worth considering that you are using the wrong backup and recovery solution or you are simply using the one you have incorrectly.
Savvy and sophisticated MSPs are always looking for ways to add additional value to their o erings and engagement with their customers. By enhancing their capabilities, MSPs are able to di erentiate their service, be more proactive, and command higher margins.