Managed Services Executive Commentary

  1. Keys To Identifying Cloud Deployment Initiatives With The Best Chance For Success

    The decision between cloud and on-premises models for enterprise solutions is not an easy one for most organizations. The gradual mainstreaming of cloud puts pressure on IT to consider alternatives from many perspectives, and on IT leaders to evaluate what model best suits their needs, while also being affordable.

  2. What To Consider When Planning Your Business Exit Strategy (Part II)

    In the first post of this series, I talked about the financial preparation required to maximize your outcome when you exit your business. Of course, that assumes you will sell or value the company at exit.

  3. 6 Tips To Help Provide Your IT Clients With Safe Remote Computing

    As a provider of IT services for a variety of businesses, I have witnessed a myriad of Internet vulnerability issues, especially as more and more work is performed on the road. My company, Synametrics, provides software solutions that help companies share their valuable, often crucially private information both securely and efficiently. But these tools must be combined with user vigilance.

  4. Do Small, Local Companies Need Field Service Software?

    It’s almost assumed that large service companies use the latest and greatest technology. They serve thousands of customers across multiple regions and manage a vast army of technicians, equipment, and vehicles, so of course they need the best field service management (FSM) software.

  5. What MSPs Need To Know Before Developing An Integrated Security And Management Solution

    As MSPs straddle the twin needs of meeting customers’ ongoing technology needs and doing so in a reliable and cost-effective way, security and systems monitoring are two of the high-demand technologies they are trying to add to their business portfolios. What should you look for when implementing a multitenant environment that monitors and secures network infrastructure across both physical and virtual boundaries? Below are five best practices for service providers to consider.

  6. 4 Things SMBs Are Looking For From Their Software And IT Solutions Providers

    Small and mid-sized business (SMB) owners have a lot on their plates, many taking on roles typically outsourced or assigned to an employee such as human resources, marketing, and business development. One of the most vexing roles for a business owner to take on is IT administrator. IT is evolving at the speed of light with new technologies being introduced every day. While a small business owner may be an expert in his or her special craft, they may lack the expertise to research, understand and implement the myriad of IT solutions critical to operating a business today.

  7. 4 Ways To Move Outside Your Comfort Zone And Win Big With Managed Services

    The comfort zone for many channel partners revolves around their technology expertise. How many certs, how many vendors, how many techs? But where the big money is being made is in the application of this knowledge and the solutions it can create to solve business problems and deliver desired outcomes for businesses of all sizes.

  8. Don’t Supersize, Optimize: New Strategies For Document Management Solutions

    All businesses relentlessly seek new strategies to reduce costs and increase productivity. Every dollar saved goes back to the bottom line to fuel growth. Costs can be recovered in many areas across the business.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.