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2021-04-09T11:28:38-07:00

MSP Finance: Understanding Financial Statements

When you start out, cash flow is king. However, over time you'll start thinking about financial statements as well. There's actually a ton of resources online about financial statements, which is great. But here's the thing - if you understand financial statements, you're in a much better position to know which levers to pull to impact them. And that's the key - it's not about knowing how to calculate this ratio or that ratio, it's knowing what to do with that knowledge.

2021-04-05T12:09:28-07:00

MSP Finance: Mastering Cash Flow

If the cash isn't flowing, that's when solvency issues start to rear their heads, which also happens to be the cause of a significant percentage of small business failures. That's why attention to cash flow is, to say the least, mission-critical. Without cash, you can't pay your staff or your bills, so watch your cash at all times.

2021-04-05T09:00:21-07:00

MSP Finance: Activity-Based Costing

The fun thing about managerial accounting is that there are no rules. There are concepts, but this is financial information for internal use, so you get to decide what you want to know, why you want to know it and how you'll use that information in your decision-making. One valuable technique is activity-based costing. Another variant of this concept is client-based costing.

2021-04-01T13:39:29-07:00

The Fundamentals of Active Directory Documentation

Active Directory forms the basis of the client network that is in charge of centralized domain management. It manages directory-based, identity-related services that store information about objects on the network and makes it easily accessible to administrators and users. The data it stores includes users, their contact information, passwords and their permissions.  Whether you are an MSP or an internal IT team, Active Directory documentation for each environment you support must be considered a top priority activity. However, the question is, how do you document an Active Directory? That’s exactly what we cover in this blog. 

2021-03-24T08:41:24-07:00

How MSPs Can Handle After-Hours Support

MSP after-hours support is something that we all like to keep to a minimum. However, when your top clients reach out to you in the middle of the night with a major crisis, you have no choice but to respond. Businesses and MSPs may stick to regular business hours but cybercriminals don’t. Hackers might even target your client’s business after work hours since they know the networks are not closely monitored during that time.

2021-03-24T02:50:33-07:00

GlueX Speaker Announcement: Two Explorers to Lead Us

We are super thrilled to announce that we have confirmed the headline speakers for GlueX 2021. With this year’s edition promising to be a "one-of-a-kind Xpedition into the MSP industry," we’ve roped in two world-renowned explorers to take the lead. 

2021-03-17T12:00:52-07:00

MSP vs vCIO: What’s the Difference and Why does it Matter?

The evolution of managed services never stopped. This wasn't an industry that went from break-fix and VAR to MSP and then stagnated. Not with sustained double-digit growth and a rapidly transforming technological environment. If anything, the past year has increased the pace of innovation within the managed services space.

2021-03-16T11:40:33-07:00

Boost MSP Productivity With Active Directory Security Groups Sync

Today, when a ticket comes in concerning Active Directory permissions held by a specific user, your technician will have to log in and navigate through the Active Directory server to get that information. Now, learning keyboard shortcuts and some rapid navigation might be an okay solution, but wouldn’t it be more efficient to get all the information from one place?

2021-03-11T09:22:45-08:00

Documentation How To: Creating Great Process Diagrams

You understand the value of documentation. That’s why you’re reading this. You know that documenting assets and processes is an important step towards building a more efficient, scalable business. But you also know that documentation is like anything else -- the better it is, the more useful it is. The good news is that creating excellent documentation is easy. We've already discussed writing great process documents. Now we’re going to talk about creating great process diagrams.

2021-03-25T11:38:23-07:00

Writing Great Process Documentation

Let’s say you’ve got your documentation system in place. Something really good, like IT Glue™. You’ve synced your PSA. You’re working on building a documentation culture in your team. You’re living the good life on the road to documentation zen. All is going well until you notice a pothole. Then another. And you realize that you’re documenting processes, but some of them don’t make sense except to the person who wrote them. Don’t worry. This can be fixed. There’s a process to documenting processes.

2021-03-08T14:16:25-08:00

Building a Documentation Culture – How to Get Your Staff To Start Documenting

Organizations don’t always respond to changes in the same way. Just because a fellow MSP managed to seamlessly build a documentation culture doesn’t necessarily mean you will be able to as well. What matters, however, is that you don’t drop the plan altogether at the first sign of resistance. After all, no one ever succeeded at anything by throwing in the towel when the going got tough.

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