CompTia MSP Partners Trustmark A Year and 65 Certified MSPs Later
CompTia announced today that their MSP Partner Trustmark has hit its one year anniversary see (press release) below. CompTia created the MSP Partners Trustmark to help MSPs align their businesses and standardize their operating procedures. As CompTia celebrates the anniversary they have released the numbers for the year and 65 MSPs have earned the coveted badge with 30 more in the process of obtaining the credential.
Considering the reach for CompTia this number seems low but it can take time to build a completely new standard from scratch. CompTia expects to double the number by year two as word spreads through the MSP community. Most of the growth up to this point has been based on word of mouth.
The Trustmark itself appears to be a good way for MSPs to bring together a proven, successful model, while at the same time providing credibility in the space. Though this may not have too much overall affect for potential clients at this point, as the accreditation grows, it may just become a necessary requirement similar to the A+ for VARs.
The Trustmark is managed and driven by the MSP Partners Community. The community is made up of industry experts and leaders in the MSP space which provides a trusted foundation for the program. The Community meets regularly and discusses emerging trends, proven methodology, vendors, and business process. By having the MSP Partner Community lead and manage the accreditation, it assures the value and relevancy of the Trustmark.
August 22, 2012 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Downers Grove, Ill. – The CompTIA MSP Partners Trustmark, a business credential designed to qualify and differentiate organizations providing on-premise IT services via a managed services business model, just marked its one-year anniversary. More than 65 managed services providers (MSPs) have earned the credential, with 30 more MSPs now in the process of doing so.
The Trustmark is supported by a wide variety of IT industry vendors and distributors, and channel partners recognize it as a practical, pragmatic approach to ensuring standard operating procedures and satisfied customers.
“The CompTIA MSP Partners Trustmark program helps growing and emerging managed services providers adopt best practices for service delivery and adapt to changing business models,” said Jacob K. Braun, chair, CompTIA MSP Partners Community and president, Waka Digital Media Corporation, a security-focused MSP in Boston.
“The credential measures managed services providers’ adoption of requirements on the path to best-in-class excellence, quality and profitability, and easily market this adherence to their prospective clientele with a vendor-neutral approval from CompTIA, the industry leader in certification and accreditation.”
The CompTIA MSP Partners Community is the driving force behind the MSP Partners Trustmark program. This community of industry leaders focuses on the creation of industry standards and resources to improve managed services marketing and delivery. The group was created to provide networking opportunities among thought leaders, develop managed IT services-specific programs and tools, and generate member-driven initiatives.
“The program has grown organically, with early adopters encouraging others, as well as CompTIA working with their members to get the word out to the channel,” said Jay McBain, vice-chair, CompTIA MSP Partners Community and co-founder, ChannelEyes, the first free and secure social network for the IT industry. “We are very excited with the first year growth of the Trustmark and are looking to double the numbers in 2012.”
The MSP Partners Trustmark is the industry’s best practices seal of approval around managed services. This credential qualifies and differentiates those solution providers who offer on-premise IT services via a managed services business model.
“As we started to build the CompTIA MSP Partners Trustmark, we harnessed CompTIA’s proven expertise in designing certifications and accreditations, and partnered with managed services subject matter experts from vendors and leading managed services providers,” commented Braun.
“We leveraged these SME’s expertise and experience to delineate business requirements of successful MSPs, from codes of business conduct, operations, management & finance, and service delivery. We designed the program to be both an accreditation process and an educational framework. For solution providers beginning to adopt a recurring deliverable model, we intended for the tenets of the credential to be a guide for implementing and improving key business processes.”
About CompTIA MSP Partners Community
The CompTIA MSP Partners Community focuses on the creation of industry standards and resources to improve managed services marketing and delivery. The group was created to provide networking opportunities among thought leaders, develop managed IT services-specific programs and tools, and generate member-driven initiatives. More information is available at http://www.comptia.org/membership/communities/msppartners.aspx.
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