Level Platforms: No Sign of Managed Services Slowdown
While some pundits see slowing growth in the managed services market, Level Platforms CEO Peter Sandiford (photo, right) is not one of them. In an email to MSPmentor, Sandiford on April 6 said his company is “seeing continued growth in all markets and no delay in purchasing decisions.” Here’s what else Sandiford had to say.
First, some background: In recent days, MSPmentor has heard from multiple sources who say the North American MSP market is experiencing slowing growth. The latest evidence surfaced when Nimsoft disclosed solid but not spectacular financial results on April 6.
But Sandiford says Level Platforms and Nimsoft serve different MSP market segments. In his email to me, Sandiford wrote…
“our product is much lower priced than Nimsoft and designed for a different market. Nimsoft sells to established MSPs serving the mid market. This segment is all about replacing an incumbent. That’s a tough challenge in this economy. We very seldom compete with Nimsoft as our Partners principally focus on the SMB market.”
Sandiford’s enthusiam didn’t stop there. Among the additional pieces of info he offered: MSPs remain highly motivated, the US market remains strong even among larger MSPs, and international growth is good.
Sandiford also pointed to agentless technology, the launch of Managed Workplace 2009 and a true recurring revenue model (rather than perpetual licenses) as three factors assisting Level Platforms’ growth.
I’m mobile at a conference Tuesday, but checking in with out MSP industry executives for their perspectives.