87% of MSPs growing their Microsoft Office 365 business due to the pandemic

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 April, 2021 at 3:24 pm by Andre Camilleri

  • 70% of MSPs saw increased revenue as companies work from home
  • 2 in 3 MSPs found that Microsoft 365 helped them and their clients work better remotely

Although 2020 will go down in history as a difficult year for most, some businesses were in a position to grow their revenue – 87% of the 370 Managed Service Providers (MSPs), who answered a survey run by Altaro in March, said that they saw increased Microsoft Office 365 business last year.

As organisations scrambled to move their teams to remote working and as some industries were being decimated by the recession that came along with the pandemic, other sectors shifted gears to ensure business continuity for all, thriving through the chaos. In fact, 70% of MSPs said that they saw an increase in business when their clients shifted to working remotely.

MSPs working with Microsoft Office 365 were paramount in facilitating this shift; over half of the MSPs (55%) told Altaro that they saw an increase in implementation business for Microsoft Office 365.

Altaro Software, which is part of the Hornetsecurity Group, is a developer of robust backup solutions. It conducted the survey to gauge the effect of Covid-19 and the subsequent shifts of organisations’ employees increasingly working from home, on MSPs’ Microsoft Office 365 business.

MSPs increased their business with the help of Microsoft Office 365

Two thirds of MSPs surveyed felt that Microsoft 365 helped them (and their clients) transition smoothly from office-based working to remote working and they largely agreed that this transition gave them increased business opportunities, matching the findings of Altaro’s survey in 2020.

Support volumes increased, too, but the survey showed quite a rosy picture for MSPs. Over the course of the last year MSPs have been implementing more Microsoft 365 solutions than ever before, with clients flocking to collaboration tools like Teams, OneDrive and SharePoint (Cloud). MSPs also saw increased revenue opportunities from the availability of third-party tools to manage their clients’ Microsoft Office 365 deployments.

These tools help both MSPs and their clients to have increased peace of mind and it is clear that businesses are seeing the value in them: 85% of MSPs use secondary tools to enhance clients’ 365 setup and 84% of MSPs, who chose to go with third-party email security solutions, also set up third-party backup solutions for their clients, showing that the opportunities for cross-selling these two services is very high.

To read more of the findings visit https://www.altaro.com/msp-dojo/msp-survey-microsoft-365/

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