MSPAlliance Board Expands Global Presence and Extends Thought Leadership

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Addition of several industry leaders to board will help shape the Managed Services Industry in 2008; new Vendor Advisory Board will advance industry and address issues related to MSP vendor technologies; French committee to address European MSP issues.

MSPAlliance, the International Association of Managed Service Providers, today announced the appointment of several managed services executives to its board. The new board members include:

  •      Greg Donovan - CEO, Alpheon
  •     Bob Longo, Director of Managed Services, ClearPointe
  •     Lane Smith - President, Do IT Smarter
  •     Steve Lubahn - Vice President of Marketing, LockNET
  •     Bill Crowsey - CEO, O-Tec

"As we enter the new year the MSP Alliance board will continue to play an important role in shaping the programs and strategies that improve this industry," said Charles Weaver, MSPAlliance president. Some of the issues the board will address in 2008 will include improvements to the Managed Services Accreditation Program exam, vertical market certifications, and oversight of the code of ethics and consumer bill of rights.

Along with the addition of new MSP board members, the MSPAlliance announced the creation of a Vendor Advisory Board. According to Weaver the new Vendor Advisory Board will work to advance the managed services industry on a worldwide basis, serve as an advocate for best practices and address vendor-specific issues related to creating technical standards, supporting the global MSP profession, and improving relationships between vendors and MSPs. The first MSP vendor executive to be named to this board is Gavin Garbutt , President and CEO of Ottawa-based N-able Technologies, a global supplier of remote monitoring and management technology that helps IT service providers deliver highly profitable managed services to small- and medium-sized businesses.

"Managed services and technology-as-a-service are radically scaling and enhancing the capabilities and profit potential of solution providers and MSPs everywhere - and the best is yet to come," says Garbutt, who was recently named one of the Top 25 Most Innovative Executives by CRN Magazine. "As an entrepreneur and founder of N-able Technologies, it's an honor to join the MSPAlliance's Vendor Advisory Board and work with Charles and other industry leaders to enable MSPs and help fuel the adoption of managed services across the vendor community."

Finally, in order to effectively manage the growing global membership the MSPAlliance also announced the creation of a France committee to be chaired by Mr. Alain Pascail, CEO of OMI, a Managed Service Provider based in Paris, France. The France committee will be tasked with expansion of the MSPA membership in France, as well as dealing with issues unique to French MSPs.

"We decided to join the MSPAlliance to benefit from the quality of discussions among professionals and to leverage the accreditation program for our customers," said Mr. Pascail. "We believe that our participation in the international expertise of MSPAlliance will accelerate the development of this promising market in France through increased communications between customers and providers."

About MSPAlliance
The MSPAlliance is a global organization made up of service providers and technology enablers, who work in a collaborative effort to define, promote and educate the Managed Services Industry and the end-user consumer on the adoption and successful use of technology through Managed Services.

For more information about the MSPAlliance and the Managed Services Accreditation Program please visit http://www.mspalliance.com.

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