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The N-able MSP Maturity Model
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first n  Service model is the first level in the hierarchy that doesn't approach the value of IT service as a function of the amount of time it takes to deliver the service; rather, the Service level views the worth of the IT service based on value the IT service presents to the customer organization. This approach is more inline with how utility companies (water, electricity, etc.) approach service delivery. The amount of time the technicians from electric company actually spend to deliver electricity is

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