Mike Monocello

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Mike Monocello is the editor-in-chief of Business Solutions magazine, a monthly publication dedicated to helping IT solutions providers grow their businesses by selling complementary technologies and moving into thriving markets.

ARTICLES BY MIKE MONOCELLO

Why Increased Profitability Might Be Out Of Your Reach

Why Increased Profitability Might Be Out Of Your Reach

If you’re a VAR or integrator looking to become more profitable, check this out. I attended a lot of trade shows and partner conferences focused on managed services this fall and sat through a ton of educational sessions. Something that really jumped out at me about MSPs is their focus on business metrics.  Continue Reading...
Is 2014 The Beginning Of The End?

Is 2014 The Beginning Of The End?

Before you jump to the conclusion that this is a doom-and-gloom article, let me promise you it isn’t. It’s a story about opportunity. True, where there’s opportunity, there’s often the other side of the coin where weakness and threats lie. My goal, and that of Business Solutions, is to keep readers like you on the opportunity side of business. I want you profitable and thriving in 2014 and into 2015.  Continue Reading...
Restaurant / Hospitality Tablet POS Comparison

Restaurant / Hospitality Tablet POS Comparison

The restaurant industry has been quick to show interest in tablet POS solutions and software developers (both preexisting and start-ups) have been quick to react by flooding the market with a variety of tablet POS apps and full-blown software solutions.  Continue Reading...
Dropbox' Move Into The Enterprise: Your Worst Nightmare Or Killer Opportunity?

Dropbox' Move Into The Enterprise: Your Worst Nightmare Or Killer Opportunity?

While, in the past, MSPs sought to talk customers out of using Dropbox in place of more robust solutions, it seems that the company is poised to make a move into the enterprise realm. In fact, an article by Forbes claims that such a move is necessary if the company plans to hit the growth numbers investors have expected.   Continue Reading...
Old School Solutions Providers Need A Renaissance ... Or Retirement

Old School Solutions Providers Need A Renaissance ... Or Retirement

Sometimes I wonder if I sound like a broken record to readers. “Expand your line card by selling complementary technologies to existing customers. Adopt the as-a-Service model to build a predictable revenue stream and maximize profitability.” When you boil down almost every article in Business Solutions, you should find one or both of those messages.  Continue Reading...
Make 2014 A Banner Year. Here’s How.

Make 2014 A Banner Year. Here’s How.

Before you know it, we’ll be ringing in the new year. You might be one of those ambitious people who make resolutions to better yourself personally. If so, kudos to you! But, have you ever considered a resolution to improve your business?  Continue Reading...
Today's Modern Retailer Requires A Modern Solutions Provider

Today's Modern Retailer Requires A Modern Solutions Provider

The POS industry has changed. Big surprise, right? Thanks to a variety of factors, with the two biggest probably being payment processors entering the market and the appeal of iPad POS, prices and margins on traditional POS solutions have tanked, leaving many long-standing POS dealers scratching their heads or, worse, working on an exit strategy.  Continue Reading...
Curious VAR's Guide To Expanding Your Product Portfolio

Curious VAR's Guide To Expanding Your Product Portfolio

At the beginning of the month I attended SYNNEX' National Conference in Greenville, SC. I really enjoy this event because it's not focused on one vertical or type of solution. Rather, you get a chance to see and hear about everything from servers, printers, and tablets to healthcare, education, and government. For those VARs open-minded enough to be looking for the next big opportunity, the expo floor of this broad event is the place...  Continue Reading...
Let The As-a-Service Model Invigorate Your Tired Business

Let The As-a-Service Model Invigorate Your Tired Business

The definition of invigorate is to revitalize, energize, revive, and enliven. That’s the as-a-service model, isn’t it? That’s what a recurring revenue stream can do for your business. It can revitalize and even revive a struggling company to change from month-to-month or day-to-day financially to being in a position of predictable revenue for planning and growth. It can energize and enliven business...  Continue Reading...
SYNNEX Keynote Herm Edwards Shares NFL Lessons That Resonate With Break/Fix VARs

SYNNEX Keynote Herm Edwards Shares NFL Lessons That Resonate With Break/Fix VARs

I’ve been to my share of industry conferences and have sat through my share of keynote speakers. So, when I saw that Herm Edwards, ESPN analyst and former NFL coach and player, was speaking, I expected a speech filled with touching and humorous NFL stories tied to life lessons and motivational wisdom. Edwards delivered all that, but in a way that exceeded my expectations.  Continue Reading...