Managed Services Executive Commentary
BYOD Risks to Watch Out for in 2014
Andreas Baumhof of ThreatMetrix explains the cybersecurity implications that BYOD has for businesses and consumers in 2014 and how to manage BYOD risks.
MSPs Thrive In The Cloud With Flexible Foundation Platforms
Satish Hemachandran of Cbeyond explains the opporunity managed services providers have to advise their clients and solve business problems with unique technology solutions — especially helping their SMB clients make decisions about cloud-based services.
Keeping Customers In The Age Of The Cloud
Andrew Harrover of Matrix Computer Consulting, a member of The ASCII Group, shares the importance of talking with your clients about cloud-based offerings and how it can strengthen your role as their trusted advisor.
How To Have A Horrible 2014
Clint Hofer of Slingfly Media explains that if your company forgets or even overlooks key online marketing aspects, it could be a horrible year.
You Can't Buy Customers … But You Can Buy Leads
Gil Cargill of Cargill Consulting Group says lead generation activities produce inquiries, only. Inquiries have to be qualified, nurtured, profiled and cultivated prior to their becoming sales-ready leads.
My Book Recommendation: Good to Great
Debi Besmer of Archelon Enclosures shares keys from the book Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't by Jim Collins that are vital to the corporate culture of a great company.
Breaking Down The Barriers To Offering Cloud Services
Casey Burns of Quantum Corporation says cloud Backup-as-a-Service continues to be a hot topic for managed service providers (MSPs), as more now specialize in providing cloud services to an increasing number of customers. A recent Enterprise Strategy Group analysis of cloud indicated that 60 percent of end user respondents are either currently using cloud or are in the process of implementing a cloud strategy (Enterprise Strategy Group, Data Protection-as-a-Service (DPaaS) Trends, Sept., 2013, Jason Buffington). Backup and Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (BaaS and DRaaS) are faster growing market segments within the cloud space, and MSPs and their customers are quickly capitalizing on these offerings.
You Can't Teach Ambition
Gill Cargill of Cargill Consulting Group says many entrepreneurs make the mistake of believing that they can turn someone who has little or no ambition into an extremely ambitious person. This is a common philosophical mistake that he sees engrained in the creation of many sales compensation programs.
Overgrowing The Data Garden
Charles Patsios of Unitrends says what organizations need now to manage their data is a trusted IT service partner with the best data management tools available and the ability to put them to use.
MSP Automation: Five Reasons It Matters for Today’s MSPs
Mike Cullen of N-able by SolarWinds says if you’re feeling the effects of cloud, mobile computing, IT anywhere, commoditization, and other movements that have turned the IT world upside down — get ready for even more change in the next two years — and explains why automation matters to MSPs.