Spiceworks Adds Tool to Match MSPs with Customers Needing IT Help
SPICEWORKS SPICEWORLD 2019 — Users of Spiceworks’ free help desk services now have a new built-in online search tool that can help them find qualified and local IT help for difficult problems when they don’t know where to start.
The new service provider matching tools are part of the Spiceworks help desk user community, where millions of IT users in companies from small to large look for technical advice and help to solve their IT issues.
Included in the online listings so far are about 63,000 MSP and other IT service provider resources, Francois Caron, the executive director of product management for Spiceworks, told Channel Futures here at the company’s annual conference in Austin, Texas. The service-provider matching tool was introduced in September after being released to the Spiceworks community portal in preview earlier this year.
The new feature was inspired by many conversations with IT users who have been having trouble finding qualified service providers near them to help solve vexing IT problems, he said.
“We were talking to IT pros about their pain points,” and finding help seemed to be a common problem, said Caron. In addition, many IT customers were also seeking help to deploy and manage IT systems for them and didn’t know where to start looking for qualified service providers.
Using the service provider matching tool in the Spiceworks community portal, those IT users can now identify the technology they need help with, find a service provider based on their location, describe their IT help needs in detail and review the providers that pop up in the listings. Users are provided with the name of a person to contact and the ability to communicate through a private message to start.
There is no cost to service providers and other channel partners to be included in the listings, said Manish Dixit, senior vice president of products and engineering for Spiceworks. To get into the database, channel partners can go to the Spiceworks website and register their business. They can create a detailed profile of their work, including the services they offer, as well as their business focus on customers from SMBs to enterprises.
Many of the partners listed in the portal so far are services companies that have been participating for some time in the user-fueled Spiceworks community, said Dixit.
“Sometimes an IT pro might ask, ‘Hey, I have to deploy this technology and I need someone to help me out,'” so they post on the portal, said Dixit. “And service providers want to be part of that conversation.”
The new feature can help IT users while also bringing potential new opportunities to channel partners, he said.
Also announced by Spiceworks on the first day of the SpiceWorld conference was the company’s new on-premises help desk server application, which lets service providers or any business user deploy their own install of the Spiceworks help desk instead of having to use the online, cloud-based portal. For some service providers and end-user customers, the on-prem version can be desirable because it removes security and regulatory concerns compared to the cloud version, while also providing better performance for users with bandwidth challenges.
The new help desk server application is free, with the initial version only being …