Managed Services Executive Commentary
Emergency Communication Phases Reinforce Business Continuity Plan
Technology advancements have given us the ability to communicate in real time. In fact, with all of the advancements, it has become more difficult to justify poor communication. Technology increases connectivity and productivity, and it can also save lives during an emergency.
Look Before You Leap: Understanding Converged Infrastructure Approaches, Models & Challenges
The speed of business today is giving rise to a transformation of the data center. Traditional IT infrastructure silos create bottlenecks that cripple quality of service and increase operational costs due to slower workload deployment and more room for error. Simply put, it can take too long to design, procure, deploy and integrate new IT infrastructure, and there are too many tools needed to manage it.
The Appetite For 802.11ac Standards
The appetite for wireless bandwidth is seemingly insatiable. Today employees typically tote a combination of smartphones, tablet computers and laptops – all which allow them to stay connected to the people and information they need to get their jobs done quickly and efficiently. As a result, there are more devices and more traffic pressuring the performance on wireless networks, and many enterprises are looking toward the capabilities that 802.11ac standards will bring.
Called To Serve: This Is Your Opportunity To Make A Difference
For many of us, Independence Day triggers visions of fireworks, baseball games and barbeques. But for military veterans transitioning to civilian life, “independence” has been more of a euphemism for unemployment recently. While the numbers are improving, roughly 7.3 percent of Gulf War-era II veterans remain jobless, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
To help combat this discouraging situation, some channel companies have implemented veteran re-employment programs specifically for the IT industry. From training and education to financial assistance, technology leaders including Cisco Systems, Continuum, CompTIA, Ingram Micro, Microsoft and others, are enabling veterans to apply the skills learned during their service at high-paying civilian positions.
5 Tips For Successfully Selling Cloud Services
According to the latest research from Gartner, three years ago only 2% of all cloud transactions went through the channel. Today that number has grown to 20%, and it’s growing at a faster pace every day. The reality is, however, that many VARs and MSPs struggle to close cloud business. If you find yourself in this category, take heart, the solution is probably simpler than you think. Below is a handful of common objections MSPs face when selling cloud backup solutions, as well as some tips on how to overcome them.
3 Things You’re Overlooking In Disaster Recovery
I think most business owners would agree in theory that disaster recovery is important. In practice, however, it’s a little too easy to cut corners. There are so many options, it’s easy to settle on something simple and cheap. But if you haven’t taken the time to understand the kind of disaster recovery solution your business needs, you could be missing something big and paying for a solution that will let you down in the end. By Matthew Rayback, StorageCraft
Cloud Is A Movement, Not A Maturity Model: Five Things MSPs Must Get Right
For today’s MSPs, cloud is no longer a choice or even an evolution. It's a movement whose time is now, and every managed service provider (MSP) has got to be a part of it or risk losing their customers. Whether you’ve already made the plunge or not, here are five key things that MSPs need to get right if they want to grow and thrive in the new cloud economy.
Top 7 Most Overlooked Professional Services Automation (PSA) Features
The right tools and technology can be the difference when it comes to maintaining your competitive edge, positioning your business for growth, and doing more with less in today’s dynamic and always changing business environment.
Avoid These Common Mistakes When Selling IT-as-a-Service
When VARs and MSPs ask about the mistakes their peers have made when it comes to selling IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS), two things come to mind immediately. 1) They didn’t do their homework, and 2) They tried to do it all themselves.
A Beginners Guide To BYOD
There is no denying that BYOD is one of the most talked about trends in the IT industry so far this year; and yet in a recent survey of MSPs using RMM software it was found that on average only 19% of these MSPs were already monetizing on this trend.