Even the top MSPs around the globe mess up from time to time.

Kris Blackmon, Head of Channel Communities

August 31, 2018

9 Slides

Every successful business is built through a process of trial and error, but we don’t really have a road map in the managed-services world. People have been selling cars, clothes and even computers for ages, but managed service providers (MSPs) are still trying to figure out the wonky world of outsourced IT. 

It’s unavoidable then that there will be hiccups, missteps and lessons learned the hard way when figuring out the right MSP business model, but success can only be built on the back of failure. After all, how do you definitively know a business decision is the wrong one until you make it and see how it plays out? All good businesses are essentially a long series of trial and error followed (hopefully) by triumph and revenue. If you’re looking for proof of this, cast your gaze upon our 2018 MSP 501. The managed service providers that earn a place on the Channel Futures annual ranking list are the best and the brightest in the world, and here they open up about where they went wrong and what they learned from messing up. 

About the Author(s)

Kris Blackmon

Head of Channel Communities, Zift Solutions

Kris Blackmon is head of channel communities at Zift Solutions. She previously worked as chief channel officer at JS Group, and as senior content director at Informa Tech and project director of the MSP 501er Community. Blackmon is chair of CompTIA's Channel Development Advisory Council and operates KB Consulting. You may follow her on LinkedIn and @zift on X.

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