Managed Services Executive Commentary

  1. How To Sell Against Consumer-Grade Technologies
    9/10/2014

    There’s no such thing as a free lunch, and the same goes for technology. You get what you pay for.

  2. How To Defend Against Security Breaches In Healthcare
    9/10/2014

    As electronic health records and other forms of healthcare data become more prominent, data security for healthcare organizations grows more and more important.

  3. How To Identify An Ideal Channel Program
    9/10/2014

    As most businesses develop and expand, their lists of partnerships and alliances expand as well. This is not a coincidence. Part of a business’ growth potential comes in its ability to profit from successful channel partner relationships. However, a key component of this strategy is the symbiotic nature of these arrangements. A vendor’s business only benefits if its channel partner does, and the channel partner will benefit the most from the relationship if the vendor puts the time into making it a competitive reseller. So, it’s in everyone’s best interest to prepare the partners to maximize their potential. As a channel partner, how can you spot these programs? It all comes down which vendors offer the proper training.

  4. 3 Best Practices For Preventing Online Fraud
    9/10/2014

    Managing online fraud continues to be a significant and growing cost for businesses of all sizes. According to the 2014 Identity Fraud Study released by Javelin Strategy & Research, there was a reported increase of more than 500,000 fraud victims to 13.1 million people in 2013, the second highest number since the study began over a decade ago. Also from Javelin, in 2013, one in three people who received a notification letter from a data breach later became an identity fraud victim.

  5. Tips For Building Scalable And Profitable NOC Relationships
    9/9/2014

    The relationship that a solutions provider or MSP (managed services provider) has with its NOC (network operations center) provider is critical to its success in IT operations management. Fact is, most solutions providers and MSPs want an experienced IT operations provider, a true partner who can deliver high-value services to both SMB and enterprise accounts.

  6. 3 Reasons That Justify Raising Your Rates
    9/5/2014

    This is another in the arsenal of tough lessons that most small business owners learn — charging your customers more. It isn’t unusual to be very nervous about raising your rates for fear you will lose a client. In an ideal world, best practices would dictate that you raise your rates every year.

  7. 5 Ways Great MSPs Automate Their Managed Services Practices
    9/5/2014

    Whether a reseller or managed services provider (MSP) is big or small, new or mature, the question of automation is on everybody’s mind today. As an IT services provider, there are no doubt hundreds of tasks you can be automating for your clients. But beyond the technology, it is important to look at automation as a best practice for your business — a driver for growth and profitability. What’s more, automaton unlocks the key to allowing you to root your business deeply within client processes so that it’s difficult for another MSP to walk in off the street and undercut you.

  8. The Top 5 Uses For Digital Signage In Manufacturing
    9/5/2014

    Manufacturing employees often work long hours, on their feet, doing the same tasks hundreds of times over. Their accomplishments are number based, which is often a far cry for the amount of effort put into a given day.

  9. When It Comes To HR, You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know
    9/4/2014

    Most small businesses out there are “building the engine while flying the plane” with regard to their operations, and human resources is no exception. In many cases the HR process isn’t even considered until after employees have been hired, and even then not so much. 

  10. The Many Flavors Of GPS Tracking: Which Is Right For Your Customer?
    9/4/2014

    SaaS-based GPS tracking services offer VARs and MSPs tasty new recurring revenue opportunities, but what is the current state of the art?

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