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Innovation Is Job #1 On Day #2 Of RSPA INSPIRE 2016
Innovation Is Job #1 On Day #2 Of RSPA INSPIRE 2016 “Innovation” was one of the trending words at NRF’s Big Show a couple weeks ago and I’m hearing it over and over again at RSPA INSPIRE 2016. The conference for executives in the retail IT channel is taking place at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in San Diego, CA.  Continue Reading...
RSPA INSPIRE 2016: First Impressions From San Diego
RSPA INSPIRE 2016: First Impressions From San Diego RSPA INSPIRE is one of my favorite events of the year because of the relaxed and candid atmosphere. Leading executives in the retail IT channel gather in a gorgeous locale (this year at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in San Diego Jan. 31 to Feb. 3) and engage with each other across four days of education, networking, and excursions.  Continue Reading...
6 Words Most Heard At NRF 2016
6 Words Most Heard At NRF 2016 NRF 2016 was in my rear view mirror when I caught a late shuttle bus Jan. 19, but it’s taken me a full week to assemble and analyze my copious notes from the event. I just quickly searched what I jotted down, and these six words appeared the most often.  Continue Reading...
When ISVs Should Consider The Move From Bootstrap Funding To VCs
When ISVs Should Consider The Move From Bootstrap Funding To VCs In this Business Solutions podcast, John Bodrozic, cofounder of software developer HomeZada, discusses some of the challenges software developer companies face when raising capital.  Continue Reading...
How Does Your Marketing Spend Compare With Other IT Providers?
How Does Your Marketing Spend Compare With Other IT Providers? One area in which most solutions providers fall short with their business is with marketing. Some admit they are bad at marketing. Some convince themselves word of mouth is all they need. Others believe no marketing works after a few half-hearted attempts fell short of expectations. In preparing for an upcoming special report on marketing and solutions providers, I ran a survey to collect some data from solutions providers. The results were...  Continue Reading...
2015 Musings, 2016 Predictions
2015 Musings, 2016 Predictions It’s tough to not do a recap or predictions article around the New Year when you’re in the media. Editor in chief Mike Monocello says, frankly, they’re a lot of fun since it’s an opportunity to let your voice be heard and get bold. Here he takes a look back at the past  year and forward to the new one.  Continue Reading...
Two Problems Facing Every MSP
Two Problems Facing Every MSP At IT Nation, I sat in on a great session led by Bradley Gross, an attorney who specializes in IT law. The session, “5 Problems Plaguing Every MSP,” was loaded with great real-life scenarios that lead to potential legal problems for IT solutions providers. The first two problems were closely related and, I believe, relevant not only to established MSPs, but VARs just making the transition to MSP. After all, when you’re setting...  Continue Reading...
Jim Collins Talks Greatness At Ingram Micro ONE
Jim Collins Talks Greatness At Ingram Micro ONE Jim Collins’ books are pretty much required reading for the business world. The man’s works, including Good to Great, are highly regarded as some of the best continuing ed for aspiring business leaders. Last week I was lucky to be among the 2,000 Ingram Micro ONE attendees to be able to hear Collins speak for almost two hours. During that time, his presentation covered 12 questions to ask yourself, your team, and business that can...  Continue Reading...
What You Missed At Ingram Micro ONE Fall 2015
What You Missed At Ingram Micro ONE Fall 2015 Last week I was one of 2,000 people who attended the Ingram Micro ONE fall conference in Nashville. I have 10 full pages of notes from the event. Following are some highlights I thought you’d find valuable, along with my commentary.  Continue Reading...
BSM Is Giving Away $10,175 Marketing Toolkits To ISVs. For Real.
BSM Is Giving Away $10,175 Marketing Toolkits To ISVs. For Real. Business Solutions is thrilled to introduce a unique event exclusively for ISV (Independent Software Vendor) executives -- ISV IQ Live! ISVs will learn how to distribute their software more widely through expert discussions about raising capital, partnering, and ISV marketing. Scheduled for Feb. 24 in Santa Ana and Oct. 6 in Philadelphia, ISV IQ Live! isn't a hackathon and ISVs won’t be doing any coding at our conference. Instead,...  Continue Reading...

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