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From RSPA INSPIRE: Many Resellers Devoid Of Ownership, Leadership Abilities

From RSPA INSPIRE: Many Resellers Devoid Of Ownership, Leadership Abilities

A frequent complaint I’ve heard from channel vendors — including a few times this week at the RSPA INSPIRE Thought Leadership Summit in Puerto Rico — is that many resellers lack fundamental business management knowledge and skills. For example, when talking about the need to shift to the as-a-Service business model, the owner of the small reseller business isn’t familiar with business models in general and...  Continue Reading...
RSPA INSPIRE DAY 1: A Foundation For Profitability & Prosperity

RSPA INSPIRE DAY 1: A Foundation For Profitability & Prosperity

Day 1 of RSPA INSPIRE Thought Leadership Summit education kicked off today with a unique twist for those in attendance. Typically, the RSPA brings in a speaker or author to lead the three days of thought leadership education. This year, the keynote and education (sponsored by Discover) is being handled by the HTG Peer Groups, led by Arlin Sorensen. If you aren’t aware, HTG Group leads successful peer groups in the general IT/managed...  Continue Reading...
From RSPA INSPIRE: Change Now To Become A Next Generation Partner

From RSPA INSPIRE: Change Now To Become A Next Generation Partner

Arlin Sorensen, the founder and CEO of the channel-focused HTG Peer Groups, gave a keynote presentation at the INSPIRE Thought Leadership Summit, hosted by the RSPA (Retail Solutions Providers Association) Feb. 2-5 at the Gran Melia Golf Resort outside San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Continue Reading...
An MSP's Real-World Insight On The Healthcare Vertical

An MSP's Real-World Insight On The Healthcare Vertical

The healthcare industry stands yearly as one of the most lucrative markets for IT solutions providers and there’s no indication of that changing. Because the opportunities are so varied, I’m very excited to report that our March issue of Business Solutions is going to have a very healthcare-focused slant to most of the articles.  Continue Reading...
Overcome the #1 Sales Objection to Managed Services. Here’s How.

Overcome the #1 Sales Objection to Managed Services. Here’s How.

Studies show that managed services providers as a whole are struggling to convert their customers over to a recurring revenue model. While attending an N-able by SolarWinds conference, former MSP Gary Pica, CEO and founder of TruMethods, an MSP mentoring company, addressed this pain point to an engaged audience of managed services providers. Pica shared a story from his managed services days when he presented a plan to convert...  Continue Reading...
How The Target Credit Card Breach Could Have Been Avoided

How The Target Credit Card Breach Could Have Been Avoided

By now, you’ve probably heard about the credit card data breach that occurred at Target and other retail chains over the holidays. While Target hasn’t released all the details of what happened, malware was supposedly involved and many believe the culprit was a nasty bit of software known as BlackPOS. Some are also speculating that malware similar to BlackPOS, called Reedum, was to blame. Regardless of the questions being...  Continue Reading...
Are Retail VARs Missing The Customer Experience Bandwagon?

Are Retail VARs Missing The Customer Experience Bandwagon?

BSM's Jim Roddy reports two trends from  Retail’s BIG Show, hosted by the NRF in New York City last week: one, the top issue retailers care about today is enhancing the customer experience, and two, channel executives told me they believe more  than 90 percent of retail resellers aren’t helping their clients enhance the customer experience.  Continue Reading...
What Retail VARs Missed At NRF 2014

What Retail VARs Missed At NRF 2014

NRF wrapped up the other day in NYC’s Jacob Javits Convention Center. I’m sure every exhibitor on the floor could tell you how or why they have some new innovation that will reshape the industry. Most are just buying into their own marketing hype and are self-delusional. I was on the lookout for the information and news that would matter most to retail VARs. Following are some of my notes from the show.   Continue Reading...
Retail VARs: Show Some Appreciation!

Retail VARs: Show Some Appreciation!

Many of these columns include my strongly recommending, no, urging, you to take action on adopting new technologies or adjusting your business model to include more recurring revenue. This month, I’d like to take a break to put a spotlight on what I think are some impressive actions and to publicly hand out some kudos.  Continue Reading...
Ditch Your “Wait-And-See” Approach To Selling BDR In 4 Easy Steps

Ditch Your “Wait-And-See” Approach To Selling BDR In 4 Easy Steps

Because the majority of my conversations are with VARs and MSPs that sell BDR (backup and disaster recovery) services, I sometimes have to remind myself that not all resellers are proactively selling BDR and/or experiencing great success. A recent study conducted by cloud backup vendor Intronis in conjunction with the 2112 Group and Business Solutions magazine revealed a very different picture: 44 percent of the more than 350 channel partners ...  Continue Reading...

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