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Building a successful MSP, the Thomas Duryea way

By Chris Player | July 12, 2016
How focusing on relationships has helped the Melbourne integrator take on the big end of town

Thomas Duryea general manager, Michael Chanter

Thomas Duryea general manager, Michael Chanter

Thomas Duryea has had a strong financial year mostly due to the success of its managed services business.

The company’s general manager, Michael Chanter, spoke to ARN prior to heading to Microsoft's World Partner Conference (WPC) in Toronto about what he expects from this year’s event and building up the managed services business.

Chanter is a veteran of nine WPCs and said the conference is the one opportunity each year to properly understand the vendor’s strategy and road map.

“It is important for us to understand so we can develop our own strategies to align with that because they are one of our key partners,” he said.

“We expect to see a mix of detailed product announcements as well as strategy.

“Typically, most of the major announcements they are going to make will happen at WPC and you are hearing it from the horse’s mouth because most of the major product leads are up on stage.

Managing managed services

Thomas Duryea splits its business into three distinct parts: consulting and advisory (planning), project and professional services (delivery) and managed services (operate).

"By far the biggest proportion of our project services business is Microsoft focused. When we are out in market we are delivering services around Office 365, Azure, Windows 10, Hyper-V and so on, so we are out there delivering large scale solutions to customers and managed services is the next logical step.

TD recently completed a project which included the migration of 6000 users across different domains into a single domain. The project included consolidation of all the client’s infrastructure, file servers and endpoints.

“We had such deep knowledge of that customer’s environment that they immediately approached us to manage that infrastructure.

“We align our managed services capabilities to the engineering capabilities we have in professional services and consulting so that when we deliver those outcomes we are able to say to them, would you like us to run it?

“In many cases customers do not have that deep expertise and need someone to help them support those solutions after they go live. It is the next step in the life cycle of a customer.

Chanter explained that all the work done in the planning and deployment stage of a project builds trust with the customer and means they are more likely to engage on managed services.

“That has been a deliberate strategy for us and it is now paying dividends because our managed services business has grown significantly.

Coping with the Cloud

Chanter said that while the Cloud explosion has helped many channel players grow their business in new and profitable ways, it has not been without its challenges.

 

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