How ConnectWise Helps ANP
ANP provides IT solutions, support, networking and consulting services for small businesses in Greater Philadelphia and the surrounding region. David S. Mulvey, founder and CEO, told us about how his company has evolved from enterprise to small business solutions, and how ConnectWise products have helped streamline, upgrade and shore up overlooked revenue gaps along the way.
It was unbelievable how quickly I was able to cost-justify the purchase and recover so much revenue that before was just falling to the floor.
- David S. Mulvey, CEO of ANP
‘Silos of Chaos’
When a company’s various tools and processes don’t integrate, they create what ConnectWise has coined “silos of chaos.” And if you ask David S. Mulvey, that perfectly described his company, ANP, back in 1997. “The business was growing at the time,” the founder and CEO said, “but without a proper ticketing system in place, managing the work felt like, well, chaos.”
Unlike other MSPs at the time, ANP was working in the enterprise space as a Cisco Systems integrator. Mulvey knew, however, that he needed to branch out to small businesses and desktop servers, so he started what he considered an entirely new business. “We had no idea what we were doing and were really kind of fumbling around,” he said.
In need of some outside intervention, Mulvey hired several desktop and server experts. Their first request was an upgraded, professional ticketing system, and they recommended ConnectWise to make it happen. Mulvey started asking around about the company and soon discovered that almost everyone was already using them.
“There’s no question that ConnectWise had already taken hold in the industry with the people I was bumping into,” Mulvey said, even though he had not encountered ticketing systems in the enterprise market. “I knew we were doing something different and thank god we did it.”
ConnectWise Offers Many Advantages
Fast forward almost 25 years, and ANP uses the full stack of ConnectWise products, including IT Nation Evolve, ConnectWise Sell™, ConnectWise Manage™ and ConnectWise Automate™. “We buy everything they sell,” Mulvey said.
Why? Because MSPs can go down one of two paths when it comes to selecting and implementing tools. “You can go and buy a hodgepodge of lower-cost tools, and then spend all your time and effort trying to glue everything together,” Mulvey said. “Or you can buy something that’s all grown in one place, where all the APIs work really tightly together. ConnectWise is a totally integrated stack of tools.”
Another big advantage to using ConnectWise’s full suite of products is what Mulvey calls time to value, the balance between a software’s capabilities and how long it takes to implement them. For him, ConnectWise’s ability to turn on quickly and make a difference from day one was appealing. “You can implement the stack, turn it on, and you’re instantly getting value out of it,” he said. “It doesn’t take a long time.”
Throughout their long-time partnership, Mulvey said that ConnectWise’s greatest value has been the ability to capture time and materials billing that, without a ticketing system in place, was often being handed away. In fact, Mulvey said that in the first quarter after turning on ConnectWise, he billed $40,000 in never-before-captured time and materials.
New billings expanded to $160,000 for the year. Mulvey said that just that one effort enabled him to recover 10 to 20 percent of the cost of the product. “It was unbelievable how quickly I was able to cost-justify the purchase and recover so much revenue that before was just falling to the floor.”
Using ConnectWise tools also means that ANP can remain on-point with client deliverables, especially if the installation engineers offer something that’s not in the original contract. “I’m glad that at the point of service, they’re just going ahead and delivering. That’s what you want,” Mulvaney said. On the back end, however, ConnectWise can capture those incidents for proper billing (and sometimes a proper conversation).
Advice to Others
Many business owners might first think how much implementing ConnectWise is going to cost them, but Mulvey said they should ask a different question: “How much is this going to cost me if I don’t do it? The opportunities to recoup lost revenue, scale in an organized way, and gain visibility into your team’s effectiveness, your financials, and even customer satisfaction,” he said, “will quickly help the service pay for itself.”
“If ANP hadn’t made the investment,” he said, “We’d be a third of the size, maybe half the size. We’d still be kind of fumbling around. It allowed us to instantly scale.”
From Chaos to Cheerleader
After implementing ConnectWise, ANP no longer operated in silos of chaos. “It turned us from a company that just got to whoever was the loudest, noisiest issue into a company that became really methodical and process driven,” Mulvey said.
Over the years, Mulvey has attended IT Nation events, both as a partner and as a panelist/teacher. It’s easy to see that he highly values the partnership. In fact, he described ANP as a factory that’s able to turn raw materials into finished goods with the help of ConnectWise. “It lets us control every service process, lets us define it, recognize when there’s a problem, tweak it, optimize it, and we’ve done that with everything we do here from a service delivery perspective.”