General Computing Executive Commentary

  1. How To Stop The Next SMB Breach

    The need to secure critical assets and data against today’s cyber threats is imperative. We regularly hear about new system vulnerabilities, acts of corporate espionage, or company data being compromised. In order to thrive and protect critical data, business owners need to invest in resources and hire employees that specialize in information and data security.

  2. Best Practices For Defining Business Continuity Plans

    Today’s SMBs tend to run a wide variety of applications, some of which are more critical to the operation of the business than others. As such, it has become increasingly important that SMBs gain a clear understanding of how the failure of one or more of these applications will affect their business, and how much downtime they can afford if one were to go offline for a few minutes, a few hours, or even a few days.

  3. 3 Qualities Of An IT Solutions Provider That SMBs Want

    Small-to-midsize businesses (SMBs) are faced with an ever-growing list of technological challenges. A few of those challenges are keeping IT systems humming, deciding which technologies to invest in, and keeping up with the latest technological developments that impact their business.

  4. Ask The Consultant: How To Have One-To-One Meetings That Matter To Your IT Solutions Provider Team

    In business, we often talk about mission, vision, and values to our teams and the importance of ongoing discussions and communications around those major themes. 

  5. 3 Things Solutions Providers Can Do To Build Partnerships With SMBs

    Partnering as an IT solutions provider with the small and medium business client is the sole focus of many integrators and MSPs (managed services providers). Though SMBs have many of the same needs as bigger firms, they are usually less tech savvy, have fewer resources and a less strategic view of their IT. So they are looking to you for three things.

  6. Disaster Strikes: 3 Critical Factors That Should Be A Part Of A Recovery Plan

    In the darkest days after a tornado in early May damaged 30 percent of Van, Texas, (a city outside of Dallas) residents were provided some relief when the Van High School “Vandals” baseball team beat North Lamar High School to go on to the state semifinals for the first time in program history.

  7. What IT Solutions Providers Need To Know About Bitcoins And Cryptocurrency

    Bitcoins are a form of cryptocurrency, meaning they do not have a physical representation. Instead they are stored in an online exchange in anonymous wallets. They can be transferred anywhere in the world via the Internet. They can be paid from anywhere, to anywhere with total anonymity. The long and short of it is: They are the ideal form of payment for illicit activities and hackers.

  8. What To Consider When Planning Your Business Exit Strategy, Part I

    One of the areas I spend considerable time on is helping business owners prepare for and then complete an exit from the business they often founded and have worked in for decades. Let’s get one thing straight:  It is a big deal for an entrepreneurial owner to exit his or her business. In fact, it is a very big deal. The saddest call I receive comes from a small business owner that has worked in their company for decades. It was their creation, and they have poured sweat and blood into building it to where it is today.

  9. 6 Reasons Every MSP Should Sell VoIP

    Remember the days when the most integration your computer and your telephone had was when you connected to the Internet via dial-up modem?  It was really more like the occasional meet-up than a full-fledged marriage between two critical pieces of technology. Phone systems, like mainframe computers, were highly specialized, cumbersome, and expensive long-term commitments — and there was an equally specialized and highly trained sector of people who sold and serviced them. 

  10. The Appeal Of Open Source And The Opportunities For VARS

    Enterprise IT decision makers are now among the ranks of those taking a long look at what open source software can offer their organizations. Given the advantages, this transition comes as no surprise. VARs would do well to pay attention to this trend and be prepared to offer strategic advice and solutions that will help their enterprise customers address current and future needs.