Two Leading Cloud Service Providers Select MSPexcellence to Enhance Their Indirect Channel Programs

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External IT and Global Micro SA select MSPexcellence to build an indirect sales channel program to increase market adoption of cloud services with a network of certified Cloud Solutions Providers.

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We chose MSPexcellence to assist our company in expanding our channel program because of their experience, insight and professionalism...

MSPexcellence, the business-building consultancy for Managed Services Providers (MSPs) and Cloud Solutions Providers (CSPs) has been selected by two leading providers of hosted cloud services to expand their market coverage with a channel of indirect sales partners to resell their hosted cloud services. External IT, a leading provider of comprehensive cloud-based IT solutions based in Dallas, Texas and Global Micro, the first and the largest provider of hosted services in South Africa, are both working with MSPexcellence to roll out a structured channel program to enable VARs, interconnects and MSPs to become certified channel partners and successful Cloud Solutions Providers. The programs will provide a “franchise model” for selling cloud solutions to the SMB/SME segment of the market (from 10 to 1,000 employees), a customer set that represents the next area of high growth in cloud-based IT service delivery.

MSPexcellence is providing External IT and Global Micro with consulting services and strategic planning. The goal is to create a franchise model for Cloud Solutions Providers based on a proven success formula for identifying highly qualified sales opportunities and implementing effective customer acquisition programs in their local markets.

Dallas-based External IT is one the first cloud solutions providers to offer full service IT outsourcing around a unifying Web Portal, called OS33. External IT delivers secure, high availability services from multiple data centers supported by a nationwide service and support organization. External IT combines cloud service delivery with deep experience in regulatory compliance, application integration, security services and disaster recovery. They have also developed an advanced service delivery platform to manage the user desktop and to simplify the user experience with the cloud.

“We chose MSPexcellence to assist our company in expanding our channel program because of their experience, insight and professionalism,” said David Matalon, Co-Founder and CEO of External IT. “Todd and Dave have done this before and our goal was to accelerate the time-to-market for our indirect initiative as well as to base it on proven best practices for engaging the channel. MSPexcellence has met our high expectations and we are bullish on our potential to build successful partnerships within the channel.”

Global Micro, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, operates a network of virtual private data centers running state-of-the-art virtualization technology as a platform for cloud services. Available on this platform is an extensive portfolio of hosted applications and services that VARs and MSPs can offer to their customers and integrate with their existing managed services solutions. Global Micro’s hosted services include the full spectrum of productivity solutions including hosted Microsoft Exchange servers and Office on Demand services that provide unified messaging, collaboration and real-time communications services at a low cost per user. Also available is a sophisticated cloud backup and disaster recovery service that provides off-site backup for the customer’s critical information assets as well as virtual servers that offer a flexible, scalable and cost effective way to expand the customer’s IT infrastructure into the cloud.

“Global Micro engaged the services of MSPexcellence to do what we could not do alone - guide us to a profitable and scalable channels-based model that will solidify our position as the leading technology provider in South Africa,” commented JJ Milner, Managing Director of Global Micro. “MSPexcellence helps us to accomplish our goals by being part of our team, diving into the details and delivering strategy, content and producing very professional customer and partner facing materials that enable and accelerate the sales process.”

According to Todd Hussey, Partner and Co-founder of MSPexcellence, “The channel is perfectly positioned to profit from the cloud. There has never been a more pressing need for a trusted advisor to demystify the technology and offer a fully managed cloud solutions that minimize the risks and maximize the rewards of cloud computing for their customers. We are excited to join forces with External IT and Global Micro to combine their leading-edge technology solutions with our sales and marketing formula to fully enable their partners to play this important role.”

About MSPexcellence

MSPexcellence is a provider of business building strategies, tools and services for managed service providers and their technology suppliers. The company was founded by Todd Hussey and Dave Zwicker who bring unparalleled industry experience to the MSP business services landscape in the form of technology messaging and positioning, pricing and packaging strategies, go-to-market planning, content-driven lead generation programs, effective sales staffing and management of the sales process. This experience is embodied in the industry’s most complete compilation of MSP best practices, The MSPexcellence Playbook, an easy-to-use guide for building a successful MSP business. More information about MSPexcellence and The MSPexcellence Playbook is available at http://www.mspexcellence.com.

About External IT

External IT was one of the very first full-service, cloud IT outsourcing companies. Our cloud hosting platform, OS33, unifies all of your IT, both Windows and Web, enabling you to take full advantage of cloud computing. Visit http://www.externalIT.com.

About Global Micro

Global Micro Solutions is South Africa’s premier provider of business communications services, including hosted Microsoft Exchange, to small-and-medium-sized businesses. Founded in 1995, Global Micro Solutions was the first to offer cloud-based business-class email. The company has now offers the most complete portfolio of cloud services, partner enablement resources and business building tools of any MSP cloud-hosting provider in South Africa. For more information contact the company at (0)11 731 0600 or 0861 GLOBAL and via the web at http://www.globalmicro.co.za.

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