If cost is the biggest hurdle standing between you and a managed services practice, consider this: Autotask has launched a new, low-cost managed services platform called Autotask Go! The hosted MSP platform has a fixed fee of $99 and no start-up costs. And the user interface (pictured) resembles intuitive, consumer-oriented designs (a la Quicken or Google Analytics).
According to Autotask CEO Bob Godgart, the Go! edition is designed for solutions providers with three or fewer employees. Godgart has been hinting about a potential low-cost solution for a few months, and officially announced it the SMB Nation conference in Seattle.
Autotask Go! combines basic service desk, customer management, billing and reporting functionality in a single, integrated, hosted solution, the company claims. At $99 per month, even the most price conscious VARs can likely afford to give managed services a try.
There’s certainly fertile ground for a low-end solution. Autotask estimates that there are roughly 50,000 solutions providers and MSPs with three or fewer employees.
For the rest of the channel, Autotask also announced a new release of its flagship platform, renamed Autotask Pro, and upgraded all existing hosted subscribers for free.