Managed Services Executive Commentary

  1. DRaaS Ushers In New Era Of Intelligence And Affordability
    5/9/2014

    In today’s explosive, data-driven growth environment, small to mid-sized organizations are struggling to ensure adequate protection and preservation of their most important assets: their data, applications, and systems. Increasing data volumes and storage complexities are making it harder than ever to rely on physical and virtual backup and recovery systems alone. Yet there has never been a greater need to establish a safe working environment where data is not only protected, but also supported by an effective strategy that can be implemented in the event of disaster.

  2. Threat Report Concludes: Services Providers Must Become Security Providers
    5/9/2014

    Jeffrey Lyon, the founder of Black Lotus, discusses the findings of his company’s recent Q1 2014 Threat Report.

  3. How To Foster A Healthy IT Channel Partnership
    5/9/2014

    Glenn Williams, director of marketing and product management for Citizen Systems America, shares what his company looks for in a reseller partner — and explains why those characteristics are essential to success for any reseller in the IT channel.

  4. What You Need To Know About Virtual Communications Networks
    5/5/2014

    Virtualization, cloud computing, hosting, and network functions virtualization (NFV) are all the rage in communications these days. Companies can run their communications networks and applications on data center hardware that doesn’t necessarily need to be in the same building as your business. There are three major reasons why this is becoming reality.

  5. The Channel Success Triangle: Staff, Customer Base, Product Focus
    5/5/2014

    The biggest threats to a channel-focused distribution model come from the same “value” elements manufacturers and vendors rely on when choosing a channel model in the first place. Value-added resellers (VARs) provide folks like STORServer some very specific capabilities that are essential to success at the end of the sales process. I call these value features, the “channel success triangle.”

  6. Millennial Generation Clients: How To Speak Their Language
    5/2/2014

    The Millennial Generation is made up of more than 80 million Americans from their teens to their early thirties, making it larger than any other generation. This means that millennials, otherwise known as Generation Y’ers, are the largest group of consumers, and they’re a force to be reckoned with. They grew up surrounded by connective technology and, as a result, have come away with an eagerness and a curiosity that some view as entitlement and others view as progression.

  7. 4 Reasons To Transition To Solutions "Born In The Cloud"
    4/30/2014

    SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) and cloud are clearly the future of IT. Senior executives understand as well as IT professionals that applications and services deployed in the cloud deliver tremendous benefits in the form of increased agility and faster time-to-market, in addition to the well-documented OpEx and CapEx benefits.

  8. 3 Steps To Improve Partner Communication
    4/28/2014

    Manufacturers rely heavily on their channel partners for business success. This is especially true in the high-tech industry, where two-thirds of all sales flow through indirect channels. IT vendor-partner relationships thrive when lines of communication are open in both directions.

  9. 5 Things To Look For In A Partner
    4/25/2014

    Many companies today credit at least part of their success to strong and meaningful partnerships. These strategic alliances can help drive growth and profitability and allow businesses to gain a competitive advantage by accessing a partner’s resources, such as technologies, marketing support, and capital.  

  10. Four Ways VARs Can Better Address Service Renewals
    4/24/2014

    As a reseller, what’s keeping you from implementing a successful service renewal program with your customers? Most likely it’s a data issue — whether it's data that hasn’t been collected, data that’s not meaningful, data that’s trapped in an information silo or data that’s simply outdated. The reality is, keeping a handle on your customer data is the most important and time-efficient way to drive an effective service renewal initiative.

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