Managed Services Executive Commentary

  1. Ask Coach: How Can IT Solutions Providers make Quadrant II Time More Effective
    6/25/2015

    What Should Solutions Providers Do During Quadrant II Time To Make IT More Effective? Time for a bit of wisdom from Nebraska. Vietnam veteran, retired U.S. Senator from Nebraska, and former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel once said that America would be better off if more of her leaders would spend more time looking out the window thinking. Warren Buffet, Omaha’s favorite son and the world’s most successful investor, has said the most important meeting he has every week is the meeting he has with himself. Strategic leaders spend time alone … thinking. That is wisdom.

  2. Efficiency, Productivity, Lower Turnover Costs: The ROI Of Employee Reviews
    6/23/2015

    In my last post I spoke about the need to have quarterly “un-reviews” and why they can be an effective and useful tool in managing your employees. I also mentioned that annual reviews are an equally important part of any organization’s performance management strategy.  From increased employee satisfaction to an increased bottom line, properly executed reviews can absolutely be utilized to maximize your return on investment.

  3. 6 Tips For Surefire Email Marketing Campaigns For IT Solutions Providers
    6/23/2015

    First, why do an email campaign? It’s an important question because email campaigns are not as easy as picking up the phone to make cold calls and, done right, they take time to plan. Being in the IT industry, it’s important to create a personal relationship with your audience and position yourself as an authority regarding customers’ IT needs.

  4. 5 Ways To Cash In On Microsoft Windows Server 2003 End Of Service
    6/22/2015

    The end-of-service date for the popular Microsoft Windows Server 2003 operating system is July 14, 2015 — and it’s coming up quickly. It’s one of the biggest IT-related events in recent years and the race to migrate to a newer operating system presents some big opportunities for IT channel companies.

  5. Why The Security Industry Needs The Channel To Spark Changes
    6/22/2015

    No one is safe from a breach, and we all know it far too well. The high-profile breaches at major corporations such as Target and Sony put urgent pressure on companies to find solutions that get the security job done right. For a long time, the IT status quo was a reactionary approach to data protection and threat management — building taller walls and digging deeper moats to secure the data perimeter without fully analyzing the sensitivity of its contents.

  6. 5 Key Takeaways From The HTG 2015 Service Summit
    6/18/2015

    The content day at the HTG Q2 Peer Group meetings in Dallas included the Service Summit. The Service Summit included content directed at the service delivery side of our HTG member companies.

  7. 5 Ways IT Solutions Providers Can Attract And Retain Millennial Talent
    6/17/2015

    Millennials are transforming the workplace. Although often regarded as entitled and self-centered, this generation is actually more energetic, motivated, and goal-oriented than it gets credit for. It’s just that millennials like to do things differently.

  8. IT Solutions Providers: Clarifying Your Personal MVV, Part 2
    6/17/2015

    It's impossible to lead others until you lead yourself. The core to self-leadership is clarity around your MVV. Note: This is the second in a three-part series on Clarifying your personal Mission, Vision and Values (MVV). April covered personal Mission while in June we’ll look at personal Values.

  9. Cloud? Data Center? How To Distinguish Services For Your Client’s IT “Baby”
    6/15/2015

    Let’s face it, when it comes to your client’s applications, data and network, for many IT professionals, it’s their baby. They’ve helped it grow by carefully adding new devices; made sure it’s well protected from harm with the necessary security; made certain that it’s properly fed with the right power and ensured it’s comfortable with the right cooling. They’re not about to hand over control of their network and its applications to just any facility — Correct?

  10. How Elite MSPs Tackle Today’s Biggest Managed Services Challenges
    6/15/2015

    From dangerous new competitors, to perilous price wars, security threats and the mobile device explosion, best-in-class MSPs (managed services providers) know how to turn challenges into opportunities. Their greatest strength is their ability to find new ways to refine and expand their practices to address the constantly evolving needs of their customers.

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