ASCII Group to Promote Kaseya SaaS, Managed Services
Something is brewing between the ASCII Group and Kaseya. Details about an expanded, SaaS-oriented relationship are expected to surface at CompTIA’s Breakaway 2009 conference, which starts Aug. 3 in Las Vegas. I’ve got some early details and I see a larger story emerging.
First, what I know for sure: According to three solutions providers that are ASCII Group members, the ASCII Group will offer a Kaseya SaaS solution to its members. The solution will include features developed and designed specifically for the ASCII Group members. A beta offering is set to be announced at CompTIA Breakaway, according to the ASCII Group’s Twitter feed.
Now, the bigger picture: MSP-focused software companies are pushing deeper into user groups, associations and IT franchises to accelerate mass market software deployments.
Three prime examples:
- Kaseya’s work with ASCII Group
- HTG peer groups standardizing on ConnectWise
- Computer Troubleshooters (which has 475 IT services franchises) standardizing on Autotask
Kaseya CEO Gerald Blackie described his company’s SaaS strategy to me during the Kaseya User Conference earlier this year. Kaseya also remains committed to on-premise software, but multiple sources close to the ASCII Group tell me the organization’s latest work with Kaseya is SaaS-specific.
I’ve got notes into both Kaseya and ASCII Group and hope to meet with both organizations at CompTIA Breakaway. By coincidence, I’ll be moderating an MSP-centric panel with Blackie during the event — and I’ll be sure to ask him for insights into the ASCII Group relationship.