Cloud & Managed Services MVP Award - Advanced Computing Division
Ingram Micro Cloud Summit 2011
The Advanced Computing Division Winner is:
One of the keys to success is being able to quickly recognize market trends and work with your strategic partners to provide comprehensive solutions. This year's Advanced Computing Division Cloud & Managed Services MVP Winner understands this and has partnered with Ingram Micro to expand and complement their services practice.
Please join me in congratulating Scott Crosby and the EnCompass team as our Cloud & Managed Services MVP Award Winner - Advanced Computing Division!
Sales Director, Cloud Services
Ingram Micro North America
Cloud & Managed Services MVPs - EnCompass / MVP Advanced Computing
Ingram Micro Cloud Talk 2011
At the recent Ingram Micro Cloud Summit in Phoenix AZ, Ingram Micro celebrated the MVPs, the Most Valuable Partners in their Services program. These champions have closely embraced cloud computing and the many service provider partners that Ingram Micro represents, and have leveraged these partnerships to dramatically improve their business and the levels of service they provide to customers. Cloud Talk also celebrates these champions by reaching out to them and asking them to share with the rest of our community the secrets of their success!
Ingram Micro Most Valuable Partner - Advanced Computing
Scott Crosby - General Manager - EnCompass
EnCompass kicked off its managed services implementation with Remote Monitoring & Management and subsequently added several additional services. To ensure success, EnCompass employees received education on the technologies, as well as on managed services specific sales and implementation strategies, from a variety of Ingram Micro resources and programs, including the annual Ingram Micro Seismic user conference.
While the transition didn't happen overnight, EnCompass has successfully deployed managed services offerings (and built a significant recurring revenue stream) to more than 100 clients with the assistance of Ingram Micro Seismic. In just the first 12 months, the fast growth MSP implemented 50 Remote Monitoring & Management licenses - a formidable accomplishment for any managed services provider.
Recurring Revenue was the Driver
According to EnCompass General Manager Scott Crosby, the primary driver for their shift from project-based to managed services and ultimately cloud services was the desire to "stop starting each month at zero." Crosby saw the economy shifting and his evaluation of the message for his company was that they needed to develop a recurring revenue model that would smooth their cash flow and build more stability into their business.
Ingram Micro Does the Due Diligence and the Data Center!
Crosby cites the example of offsite backup, Online Backup & Restore, to illustrate the primary advantage his company has enjoyed from working with Ingram on the development of the EnCompass offerings. He points out that there are literally dozens of viable solutions out there, so the challenge is in evaluating and identifying the best one, and that this can be a very time-consuming exercise. "What Ingram's done for us is they've done the due diligence in finding the managed cloud-based solutions that we can use as part of our portfolio for our clients."
Scott Crosby also evaluated the cost-effectiveness of having EnCompass build their own data center and determined it would not be in their best interest. "By using Ingram we get redundant, fault-tolerant data centers that we could never provide ourselves, and now that's what our clients get from us."
EnCompass is ramping up a new Network Defense Services solution, a Virtual Voice solution, and a Print Monitoring & Management solution. Scott Crosby reports that leveraging the Ingram offerings has allowed his company to achieve each of these in a very short, thirty-day window that would not be possible otherwise.
A Complete Turnover in Sales
One somewhat stunning but very telling revelation was that EnCompass had to undergo a complete turnover of their sales staff as a result of the shift to managed and cloud services. This was not an overt action on the part of management, rather each salesperson on the existing team found they could not make the transition and eventually left, replaced by new sales personnel who were less about simple transactional business and more adept at creating the long-term relationship required in a managed services setting.
The other MVP strategy clearly in play at EnCompass is the consistency with which they promote only their own brand. A tour of their website's Cloud & Managed Services page, for example, lists Cloud Continuity, E-Mail Defense Services, Virtual Office, Virtual Voice, Web Defense Services and many more services, but makes absolutely no mention of the providers involved. The customer is clearly buying EnCompass without regard to what is powering it. Vendors like to call this "white labeling" but the MVPs think of it as promoting their own offeing and standing behind it all the way. EnCompass has rebuilt its business behind this philosophy, and is flourishing as a result!
Author, Cloud Talk
Ingram Micro North America