Editor's Notebook

  1. Quick Tip For Managed Services Noobs
    4/25/2013

    The following might seem basic, but to those readers who are new to or just getting started with their managed services practice, it could be valuable advice. In our upcoming May issue, we interviewed Dan Wilson, president and CEO of Waypoint Solutions Group, a managed services provider that has 70% of its customers on a flat-fee managed services plan and is projecting 29% revenue growth this year.

  2. Where MSPs Go To Grow: IT Nation 2011
    11/18/2011
    Last week’s IT Nation show was the perfect event to mark my return to covering the channel. One thing that stood out to me right away about this show is that the attendees were there to learn and grow their businesses. This was not a lifestyle-VAR-friendly event. By Jay McCall, networking and managed services editor
  3. Marketing Tips From The Trenches
    9/15/2011
    A common question from solutions providers is not technology related, but rather about marketing the products they have ID’d for the portfolio. At the Zenith InfoTech Cloud Summit held in Pittsburgh this week, a group of Zenith partners presented tips and tricks for their peers. By Gennifer Biggs, security, storage, and managed services editor
  4. Social Media - Getting Started With Minimal Effort
    9/3/2011
    By Mike Monocello, chief editor
    One of the most common objections I hear regarding the adoption of social media is lack of time. Indeed, if you already have a full plate, how are you supposed to make time for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and blogging? Unfortunately, this isn’t an article on where you can find the 25th hour of the day. The fact is, to participate in social media, you’ve got to make the time. However, the amount of time you need to devote might be less than you’d expect.
  5. Five Tips For Writing A Successful Blog
    9/3/2011
    By Mike Monocello, chief editor
    During the recent RSPA Inspire winter conference, speaker Brian Offenberger shared five tips to success with social media. While the tips apply to any form of social media, they really apply well to blogging.
  6. What’s The First Step Into The Cloud? Virtualization, Baby
    9/2/2011
    Join us for this free webinar and learn how to take the first step into the cloud at 4 p.m. ET, on Thursday, Sept. 15
  7. Webinar: Building The Right Team
    8/28/2011

    This month's Business Solutions' Lunch & Learn Webinar Series will focus on: "Building The Right Team: Advice For VARs and MSPs." Join us on Thursday, Sept. 17, 1 to 2 p.m. ET, for this free webinar that will offer advice on ways you can build the right team – and the appropriate “corporate...

  8. Why Blog?
    8/24/2011
    By Mike Monocello, chief editor
    I recently stumbled upon an article on why magazines should utilize blogging. In the article, the author asked a group of publishers why they blog. While the reasons varied, there was a common response that I think can be applied to VARs. It's this: As a provider of value-added services, you have a responsibility to...
  9. Miss Our SaaS Webinar?
    8/21/2011
    Did you miss the Business Solutions' Lunch & Learn Webinar on "How VARs and MSPs Can Make Money Using SaaS," which offered real-life, channel-focused advice from Business Solutions magazine's President Jim Roddy and Managed Services Editor Gennifer Biggs and our special guest, BJ Farmer, president of...
  10. Stimulus Money: The Great VAR Opportunity
    8/20/2011
    By Mike Monocello, chief editor
    I hope you're not overlooking the huge sales opportunity that the economic Stimulus Package provides. Sure, you might think the government vertical is out of your reach. You might be right. You're probably wrong. Let me try to boil this down for you: The money out there is very real. The money has to be spent.