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The Path to Success is Rarely Straight

[ COMMENTARY | 4 MIN READ]  Ryan Barker is Passportal's Vice President of Partner Success. Ryan is a proven leader in the IT Channel with 20+ years of leadership experience within three MSPs. Ryan has progressively grown the Partner Success and IT Operations department within Passportal, and is continuously transforming how we effectively support and train our partners.

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Success in business is rarely a straight line, and I dare say, MSPs know this better than most.

And thankfully so, otherwise my job may not exist if it were.  I would not be able to do what I love every day; supporting MSPs in navigating their own unique crazy path to success. This is the reason why my team and I get out of bed every morning, and it’s awesome.

Earlier in my career as an operational leader of a small and rapidly growing MSP, I was obsessed with the things you would want someone in my role to be. I was fanatical about synergies, integrations, workflows, process, automation, maturity models, and business intelligence. I had a passion for efficiency, effectiveness, productivity, and a desire to be a shining example of service excellence for our clients. Other MSPs could only wish to model themselves after our team. 

Now, I can share these passions with other leaders within our partners that I have the pleasure of meeting every day. And hopefully, what we are doing every day here at Passportal is helping those leaders and their teams discover a “corner-piece” they may have been struggling to find in the jigsaw puzzle of their daily operations. 

I’ve lived the same daily challenges, managed time-per-ticket and ticket-per-endpoint KPI's, technician gross margin, service delivery SLA’s, and everything in-between. I understand first-hand how gains in these areas can positively impact your MSP business. It’s through this understanding, I believe, we can help bring further value and efficiency to our partners in how they use our tools.

I’m excited to support our partners, not because it’s my job, but because they are my people. 

The journey that we take with our partners, similar to the path to business success, sometimes comes with its own ‘crazy-line.’ It may come with ups and downs, communication challenges, triumphs, and lessons learned – but when both sides are interacting well, man it can be a beautiful thing.

It takes hard work, patience, thick skin, and big dreams to be successful as an MSP and a straighter path to success is attainable. I look forward to working together to remove a few more bends out of your own crazy-line.

Questions? Reach out to our Partner Success team at, we are happy to help.


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Ryan Barker, Vice President of Partner Success

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