To all AVG partners, I bring you some exciting news.  AVG has this week entered into an agreement to buy LPI Level Platforms, a top remote monitoring and management software company headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

Adding LPI Level Platforms’ Managed Workplace® software to our AVG CloudCare™ portfolio of products will give AVG one of the most comprehensive, innovative, high quality and high performance platforms for managing small businesses in the industry. AVG fully intends to further develop R&D and sales & marketing resources in LPI Level Platforms’ software to make sure it continues to become the worldwide platform of choice for Managed Service Providers (MSPs) with small business customers.

Managed Workplace already has a passionate and active MSP network of over 1,500 partners for whom its Network Operation Centre (NOC), Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Remote Management Monitoring (RMM) product functionality form a core part of their business.  Taking into account that AVG already has more than 10,000 resellers worldwide including AVG CloudCare’s own rapidly growing base of over 1,000 partners, you can appreciate that the industry at large will have to sit up and take notice of AVG as a serious force to be reckoned with in the SMB space.

Access to a free cloud-based IT management platform like AVG CloudCare already provides our entrepreneurial reseller partners with a level playing field to compete effectively against bigger rivals.  Features such as one-click services deployment and remote management from a single centralised console are opening up new revenue streams for them. These include pay-as-you-go billing and greater opportunities to sell-in additional value-added services, as well as the efficiency of having to make fewer site visits to the customer.

As many of you will know we developed AVG CloudCare in close cooperation with our Channel partners. Taking on board your feedback and implementing improvements based on those comments has been an important part of this development process.  Lately a good number of you have been telling us to add a full RMM capability so that you can perform a much greater variety of tasks remotely through AVG CloudCare saving you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in the process.

Bringing Managed Workplace RMM and AVG CloudCare together is the next logical step towards realising our vision of developing an indispensable platform that helps partners simplify IT Management for their small business customers. We are giving you access to a wider range of resources, tools and partnerships than ever before to help drive the continuing expansion of your business based on our platform and the support programs we provide. We will also be adopting some of LPI Level Platforms’ partner development initiatives and support.  These have a growing reputation as some of the best in the industry, and are a key reason behind LPI’s success at winning almost every SMB IT services industry award over the past 12 months.

Finally, I am sure you will join me in extending a warm welcome to Peter Sandiford, LPI Level Platforms’ founder and CEO, and his team to AVG SMB. Peter will take on the role of Strategic Advisor to SMB working closely with me and we look forward to his driving forward with the continued development of Managed Workplace and its widespread adoption by the reseller and MSP community worldwide.