Managed Services Executive Commentary

  1. The Importance Of Data Discovery
    4/25/2016

    The volume of data being created, shared, and stored is growing exponentially with no sign of slowing down. With more people accessing and storing files in a multitude of network and cloud repositories, your sensitive data could be anywhere. Collaboration among employees, partners, and customers is key, but there must be a balance between information sharing and information protection.

  2. Why It’s Okay For CIOs To Make Decisions Based On Feelings
    4/25/2016

    One of life’s most hilariously, ironic aspects is that, wherever you go, you’ll notice personal exceptionalism is by far the most ordinary expression of human behavior. If you understand that concept to be true, then the self-assessment data gathered by the well-known leadership and management coach, Mark Goldsmith won’t surprise you either. By Ariel Amster, Qubole

  3. The Impact Of M&A On The MSP Market
    4/22/2016

    It’s all the rage right now.  Everyone seems to be a buyer or seller; some are even trying to play both sides of the M&A puzzle.  It is hard to find anyone who is not actively considering M&A as a strategy for growth or exit.  And while it may be exciting and the seemingly best option for growing or transition, it also comes with some baggage that can become detrimental if not managed well.

  4. Values And Culture
    4/22/2016

    Our core values are posted all over the office, and we take the time to go over them with every new employee; but, I still see behavior inconsistent with our values. What can I do?

  5. The Cloud Wars May No Longer Focus On Price
    4/22/2016

    The cloud wars are an ongoing battle for supremacy of cloud services. The competition is fierce and intense, as can be assumed regarding what is a multi-billion dollar market. Cloud providers come in many varieties, but the most popular are names known to most people and businesses out there. The likes of Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and IBM all have products and services to offer and, for many years, much of the focus has been on slashing prices whenever or wherever possible.

  6. Redefining Technology Solution Providers In The Cloud
    4/21/2016

    Welcome to the brave new world that is cloud services, where there’s no such thing as business as usual. Small-to-midsize businesses (SMBs) represent a significant section of most technology solution provider (TSP) customers, and those SMBs are turning to the cloud more than ever before. They are going to be asking you about the cloud and whether you can support their needs. If you aren’t prepared, you stand to lose big.

  7. Breaking Into New Space, Out Of The Old
    4/19/2016

    Dear IT’ers, Everything I’ve done over the past 40 years with folks like you – business guys – had to do with the huge discomfort that comes from being asked to think differently than my audience is used to think.

  8. Combating The Human Component Of Data Security Vulnerabilities: Don’t Let Print Be An Afterthought
    4/19/2016

    In today’s digital world, there are countless ways in which sensitive corporate data can find its way into the wrong hands. But while your customers are focused on protecting information with email encryption and network firewalls, one of their employees could have left a physical document unattended in the printer tray — a major (and completely avoidable) security risk.

  9. Adding More Value: Successful Marketing Tips For VARs
    4/18/2016

    Marketing matters, and as a growing technology solution provider — you might call yourself a Technology Consultant, System Integrator, Solution Provider, Value Added Reseller, or something else altogether — you know how important it is to get the word out about your business and the value you provide to your customers. Your email, website, and ad messaging are all positioned to reinforce your value with potential customers, so it’s up to you to find ways to create and maintain those messages.

  10. 7 Features Of A Top DCIM Solution
    4/18/2016

    According to IBM, 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are produced each and every day from smart sensors, social media, texts, digital pictures and video, purchase and banking transactions, cell phones, and more. Now consider that all this data has to be processed, stored, and made available anytime, anywhere. Doing the heavy lifting to process all this information are hundreds of data centers. In a similar manner as IBM tracks all these statistics, data center managers must also track the statistics of their facility operations. This entails tracking all of their equipment and energy costs, as well as people and processes.