CompTIA’s yearly State of the Channel report covers trends in the technology ecosystem by surveying hundreds of U.S. IT businesses. We looked at their 2018 report as it pertains to channel partnership trends and found some key information that we’d like to share with you. Optimism for the Future CompTIA reports that businesses in the channel are very optimistic for the future. The report states, “Nearly across the board, respondents in 2018 ranked factors that bolster good feelings about the channel’s future significantly higher than they did two years ago. The broader use of technology among customers, for example, inspired optimism for the future in 37% of 2016’s respondents; in 2018 that figure jumped to 52%.” However, businesses face concerns when it comes to the availability of skilled IT workers, a gap that CompTIA says the channel hopes to “tackle with the help of third-party experts.” Creating Agility Within the Channel As the IT channel grows and gains momentum businesses must be agile to maintain growth. More and more clients are looking for a technology provider that has expertise in a broad array of skills and can provide comprehensive support. Despite the fact that it is nearly impossible for one provider to effectively deliver on all solutions and services, the client wants “one throat to choke” and will look for a provider who can fully manage their technology. Organizations miss out on valuable business when they are unable to meet specific needs for their clients and may even face losing the client completely to [...]
Michael Shutkas of ImagIT Solutions joins the Computing Technology Industry Association's Future Leaders Community Executive Council for 2019. Chicago, IL -- ImagIT’s Michael Shutkas has been voted into CompTIA’s Future Leaders Community Executive Council. Michael has been a CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association) member for three years as part of his role as Business Director at multinational IT company ImagIT Solutions. He has been successful in that role thanks to a strong focus on education and business relationships. With ImagIT, Michael has helped countless organizations find the ideal IT solution for their need, spanning from part/full-time staff augmentation, to break/fix contracts, to ad hoc project-based engagements with a complete project management team. Michael is based out of ImagIT’s headquarters in Chicago, IL. CompTIA Communities are member-driven groups focused on advancing the IT industry, building business relationships, and sharing ideas and experience. The association has 10 communities, and each is specific to a technology, business model, geographic territory, or industry cause. The CompTIA Future Leaders Community was founded with the idea of understanding and embracing the multi-generational workforce and building best practices by: Providing guidance on how companies should position themselves to best leverage the talent and skills from diverse generations Building programs to mentor future leaders to take on leadership positions as the baby boomers retire by providing opportunities for older generations to develop a deeper understanding of the needs and drivers for millennials as they grow in their careers Capturing and communicating the IT needs of future leaders as a means of uncovering new [...]
Have you turned down work because you don’t have the coverage or capabilities to complete your client’s request? Stop saying “no” and start selling outside your zip code with help from your partners at ImagIT! How We Help MSPs ImagIT is a nationwide network IT services company specializing in providing on-site support for MSPs, VARs, and IT professionals. As an experienced “MSP for MSPs”, ImagIT is here to help you take your organization to the next level. Our team of 400 expert engineers are ready to take on any need you may have and help you grow your business while delighting your clients. Key Differentiators ImagIT Project Management Office: Our complete Project PMO and expert training process allow us to complete large multi-site projects efficiently to ensure success and a seamless experience. ImagIT Flexible Pricing Model: We will work with you to provide the best client experience, including going above and beyond to customize every service package. ImagIT Engineers: Our nationwide network of 400 vetted engineers consistently deliver top-quality results for your clients. Expand your capabilities! With ImagIT as your partner you can add value to your clients by providing the consultative and comprehensive IT support services they need. Our vendor agnostic, channel focused company works with your team to provide a wide range of white labeled IT services. Our experienced team of smart hands has the capabilities to complete nearly any engagement. ImagIT's adherence to partner standards and best practices yields a high rate of success, client satisfaction, and repeat business. Expand your [...]
One thing we see a lot at ImagIT is that many people don’t think about the true cost of a job well done. When we submit a proposal for IT services, it’s always based on our real experience of the work and resources required for a quality solution that meets your needs. But for people who aren’t working in IT day in and day out, it’s hard to know the true cost of dependable, skilled IT services. When someone tells you about cheap IT services, it can be tempting to assume the best about the integrity and experience you’ll get for your dollar. Unfortunately, this often results in higher overall costs when all factors come to light. Is it Apples to Apples? It’s important to understand what is and isn’t included in the proposals you receive. Begin by making a comparison chart of primary aspects such as price, delivery time frame, and services so you can truly compare apples to apples. Look for proposals that spell out exactly what you will receive, rather than ones that make broad or vague statements. Companies that are not detailed about what is included in the contract, such as hours of training, change orders, on-going costs, etc., will not deliver what you think they promised. Don’t Assume All IT Companies Are Equal Price quotes can vary for a multitude of reasons, and so can a company’s experience. When it comes to IT services, and especially large-scale projects, you want the most qualified company for the job. A lesser-experienced [...]
Close out 2018 strong with a little help from our new productivity tool, the Buzzword Calculator! At this busy time of year, we know that time is more precious than ever. Partner programs are wrapping up, clients are squeezing in final projects, and you still have to make it to holiday parties and do your Christmas shopping. With that in mind, we have created a simple tool to help you succeed! Use it to improve your proposals, justify complicated decisions, and make it clear that you're the best choice for any engagement! Our handy Buzzword Calculator is designed to help you add industry leading phrases to your documents, spice up your plans, and generally have a bit of fun as the end of year deadlines loom large. Be sure to save it to use anytime you need some inspiration! ImagIT Solutions is a network engineering company that provides comprehensive IT services for channel partners, managed service providers and enterprise businesses with multiple locations. ImagIT was founded with the goal of providing comprehensive, IT services for multi-site organizations. Built on providing exceptional customer service with the most trusted technicians in the field, we continue to grow with our clients and expand internationally. Our team of 400 expert engineers and full PMO are ready to take on any type of networking engagement! Whether its proactive support, an emergency call, long-term projects or ongoing break-fix services, ImagIT will deliver a solution that is customized to best fit your organization.
Onboarding New ImagIT Teams (onIT) is our internal process for finding, vetting, and ultimately recruiting skilled engineers and technicians to come aboard with us. In the ever changing, constantly dynamic world of information technology we pride ourselves in providing excellence in service and maintaining successful relationships with our clients as well as engineers. The onIT program helps us ensure that we maintain the ImagIT standard. This vetting and training program has been helping us select qualified engineers for years and we are happy to share a more transparent look at our process. What does onit mean for our partners? When you work with ImagIT, you know what you're getting. While some companies will add engineers to their roster after a quick quiz, ImagIT dives deeper. Our program is customized for each individual and has several key components for both internal checks and onboarding.We start with what we would consider to be the basics: things like coverage area, resume, references, and credit/background checks. Once an engineer clears stage one they enter our onboarding process. This includes steps such as: a toolkit check to make sure they have what's needed to do each job, a standards checklist to discuss the look and feel of an ImagIT engineer on site, and vetting for ImagIT standard IT competencies and knowledge. With these checks and more we do our due diligence so that when your ImagIT engineer comes on site you know they have the skills and training to complete the task at hand. What does onit mean for [...]
ImagIT Solutions showcases nationwide network IT services at the IT industry premier annual conference in Washington, D.C., July 31 through August 2. Chicago, IL -- ImagIT Solutions announced today it is exhibiting at CompTIA ChannelCon 2018, the information technology (IT) industry’s premier annual education, networking and partnering event. This year’s conference, scheduled for July 31 through August 2 in Washington, D.C., will explore “The Business of Technology.” “Our industry is in the midst of market-altering changes that are re-shaping the landscape for the builders, sellers and buyers of technology solutions,” said Kelly Ricker, CompTIA’s executive vice president for events and education. “We’re delighted that ImagIT Solutions will join us in Washington to share their insights and perspectives on how they’re helping their customers to navigate these changes.” “ChannelCon gives us a great platform to educate other companies in the industry that having the ability to take on a nationwide network engineering project is just a phone call away,” said Joe Bedalow, Director of Marketing. “As an industry leader, we leverage our industry experience and best practices to help partners and end users improve productivity, maximize resources, and strategically plan for future growth.” Meet ImagIT during ChannelCon at Booth 700 during the Technology Vendor Fair events or join our Exhibitor Event on Tuesday, July 31 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm at Wilson C (Mezzanine Level). We will be discussing how ImagIT can take your organization to the next level by offering white labeled IT services nationwide. Our team of 400 vetted and trained engineers are available to [...]
Our team is back from the Trust X Alliance Invitational 2018 and we’ve got some highlights to share with you! The Trust X Alliance Invitational was held May 14 to May 17 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO. The exclusive community invitational was attended by hundreds of representatives from MSPs across the country, as well as some of the largest hardware manufacturers in IT. Here’s our recap: The Trust X Alliance Invitational was held May 14 to May 17 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO. The exclusive community invitational was attended by hundreds of representatives from MSPs across the country, as well as some of the largest hardware manufacturers in IT. Here’s our recap: Trust X brought an estimated 800-1000 attendees to Colorado Springs. The average attendee was from a midsized MSP looking to, or already experiencing, rapid growth. Most attendees were either the President/Owner of the MSP or a director level employee, so there was a lot of opportunity for us to connect with decision makers in this key area. ImagIT works with many MSPs to help them expand, which led to great discussions with several attendees. Attendees of Trust X were extremely engaged, as the Trust X Alliance provides very valuable info for growing MSPs, their primary target. The breakaway sessions were quite informative and were very well attended. At ImagIT we always want to stay current on topics that directly affect the MSPs we partner with, so we were happy to see great educational opportunities and sit in on [...]
ImagIT was built on partner relationships and we are proud to continue adding new and diverse partners to our expanded team. Through our network of channel partners we are able to assist clients with a vast array of products and services outside our own wheelhouse. ImagIT is proud to announce a partnership with IES Communications. Headquartered in Tempe, AZ, IES Communications is a leading provider of network infrastructure products and services for data centers and other mission critical environments across North America. The suite of solutions offered by IES includes Data Center Design Build Services, On-site Server Installation, Data Center Integration Services, and complete turnkey design and delivery of cabling infrastructures, among others. ImagIT has partnered up with IES Communications to service their datacenters with a 4 hour SLA support contract. ImagIT’s strong engineering team allows us to deliver a quality solution and on short notice! We look forward to working together to help IES continue to build on its strong foundation. ImagIT Solutions specializes in providing comprehensive IT services for channel partners, MSPs, and enterprise-level organizations. Our expansive engineering team is carefully vetted and trained to meet your every IT need. Whether its proactive support, an emergency call, long-term projects, or project management, ImagIT will deliver a solution that is customized to best fit your organization. Interested in learning more about working with ImagIT? Contact us today!
ImagIT was built on partner relationships and we are proud to continue adding new and diverse partners to our expanded team. Through our network of channel partners we are able to assist clients with a vast array of products and services outside our own wheelhouse. ImagIT is proud to announce a partnership with Yelp. Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Yelp connects people with local businesses. With over 155 million reviews on nearly every type of business, Yelp is the go-to source for finding your next dentist, hair stylist, or mechanic. Yelp averages 100 million unique visitors each month between their app and mobile website, and continues to expand with exciting new ways to connect. ImagIT is excited to be working with Yelp on a pilot program installing OpenMesh and Meraki Access Points to hundreds of restaurants in the US and Canada. Yelp is rolling out a new wireless experience to major restaurant chains and we are helping deliver quick and professional installations. We look forward to working together to help Yelp expand in this unique way! ImagIT Solutions specializes in providing comprehensive IT services for channel partners, MSPs, and enterprise-level organizations. Our expansive engineering team is carefully vetted and trained to meet your every IT need. Whether its proactive support, an emergency call, long-term projects, or project management, ImagIT will deliver a solution that is customized to best fit your organization. Interested in learning more about working with ImagIT? Contact us today!