Managed Services Executive Commentary

  1. 10 Things Effective Leaders Do
    5/21/2015

    Here is a list of things I find effective leaders doing — and doing well. See how many make your list of accomplishments.

  2. The Top 3 Components Of A Business Continuity Solution For SMBs
    5/20/2015

    When it comes to technology, small-to-midsize businesses (SMBs) want many of the same things as large enterprises. For example, they want to invest in cloud technologies to increase agility and reduce costs, and they want to leverage big data to drive growth and innovation.

  3. Time Is Money: How Project Management Can Make Or Break Your IT Business
    5/20/2015

    Professional services firms are rapidly growing and show no sign of slowing down. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, professional services firms accounted for 29 percent  of all new jobs in April in the U.S.

  4. The Top 5 Trends That Show Training For Your Employees Should Be A Priority
    5/20/2015

    An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. ~ Benjamin Franklin -- You’re not likely to find many people that disagree with Ol’ Ben, but when it comes to providing education for employees, a lot of companies earn a failing grade.

  5. Lessons From Sports Coach Phil Jackson: “Obsessing About Winning Is A Loser’s Game”
    5/20/2015

    How do you lead a community … be it a business association, a sports team, or even a country? I founded The ASCII Group over 30 years ago and it has remained the oldest and largest community of computer integrators, MSPs and solutions providers in the world.  While we are a respected and long-established community, I am constantly looking at how I can be the best leader possible, both to my staff and our solution provider community.

  6. Features, Cost Savings, Industry-Specific Products, Increase Confidence In The Cloud
    5/18/2015

    Over the past decade cloud has grown from a new technology into one that is successfully being used across industries by companies big and small all around the globe. With the evolution of this technology has come the evolution of its reputation, one that has stood firm in the face of fear mongering to emerge into a necessary component of many businesses.

  7. Helping Your IT Clients — And You — Achieve Inbox Zero With Big Data Analytics
    5/18/2015

    More money, more problems. As you move up the workforce ladder, you can pretty much expect one thing to be true: your email inbox is going to explode. More than you thought was possible. With all of the talk around Big Data, I thought it would be an interesting experiment to see if I could use Big Data analytics to figure out how to combat (or at least better prepare myself for) the inevitable.

  8. How To Help Your Clients Navigate The Myriad Of Database Storage Solutions
    5/13/2015

    Data is the lifeblood of virtually all business organizations. Whether the business is a 50-man shop or a Fortune 50 enterprise, the odds are that their daily business workflow is reliant on its database operations. And, regardless of the database environment size, database administrators (DBAs) face a number of challenges when its comes to deploying and managing databases. With the variety of products on the market today, choosing the right solution, and then knowing how to configure, deploy and manage that solution can be a rigorous task — one that can really earn you that coveted “trusted advisor” status. 

  9. How Data Built Your New Favorite Beverage
    5/12/2015

    Traditionally, when we think of Big Data and product development, the discussion is about internal data: feedback on existing customers, products, sales gleaned from proprietary databases. But it’s when companies turn their attention outward to the masses of unstructured data that they can understand not just what already exists, but what ought to be.

  10. The Biggest Threat To The Channel? Manufacturers That Sell To End Users
    5/12/2015

    The biggest threat to the channel is the same as it has always been — manufacturers. Businesses are constantly seeking growth and expansion. Part of this formula requires keeping investors and shareholders happy. The need for manufacturers to always have constant and accelerated growth has become the new normal but there are only so many ways in which this can actually occur.  Being a channel friendly company allows manufacturers to sell their products or services through the channel without dealing with end users.

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