Managed Services Executive Commentary

  1. 7 Features Of A Top DCIM Solution
    4/18/2016

    According to IBM, 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are produced each and every day from smart sensors, social media, texts, digital pictures and video, purchase and banking transactions, cell phones, and more. Now consider that all this data has to be processed, stored, and made available anytime, anywhere. Doing the heavy lifting to process all this information are hundreds of data centers. In a similar manner as IBM tracks all these statistics, data center managers must also track the statistics of their facility operations. This entails tracking all of their equipment and energy costs, as well as people and processes.

  2. Adding More Value: Successful Marketing Tips For VARs
    4/18/2016

    Marketing matters, and as a growing technology solution provider — you might call yourself a Technology Consultant, System Integrator, Solution Provider, Value Added Reseller, or something else altogether — you know how important it is to get the word out about your business and the value you provide to your customers. Your email, website, and ad messaging are all positioned to reinforce your value with potential customers, so it’s up to you to find ways to create and maintain those messages.

  3. The Importance Of Integration And Interoperability In The Search For Event-Driven Intelligence
    4/15/2016

    Today’s modern customers are challenging product and solutions providers to create technologies that deliver the utmost user experience typically found in consumer technologies. Security and business leaders seek more robust interfaces on which to see and interact with data and real-time events. Platforms must be easy-to-use and operate, and integrate with other security functions for efficient event and notification management.

  4. Top Disaster Recovery Strategies For Healthcare Organizations
    4/14/2016

    An insufficient disaster recovery plan is much like a lack of blood flow to the brain. If a disaster strikes, the damage to your organization can be difficult, if not impossible to overcome. Consider the cost you might incur if lightning struck and took down your primary business server. Would your patients’ medical records and other healthcare-related data be recoverable? How long would it take for your organization to be back up and running?

  5. Arlin's Suggested Reading List
    4/12/2016

    These are the ten books I recommend as the foundation of a strong business library. While the Bible may seem like a strange first choice, I find that spending time in that book of wisdom each morning grounds me in truth and helps focus me on the things that matter. The other nine are important books that provide a broad base from which to build a strong business mindset.

  6. 4 Reasons Your IT Sales Team Is Losing Customers
    4/11/2016

    In B2B markets, personal relationships are critical. Companies invest significant time and resources into their sales teams which should use that effort to turn daily users into loyal advocates. After all, sales teams are a driving force when it comes to company growth, retention, and most importantly, keeping clients happy. Yet even the most powerful IT sales functions are often blindsided when a client decides to move on.

  7. 4 Habits Of Successful Managed Security Service Providers
    4/7/2016

    Appropriate and effective security mechanisms continue to be a challenge for organizations of all sizes, leading many to look to Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) for a solution. The growth in demand for consistent and measurable security solutions is straining the resources of many MSSPs, who have been hampered by a focus on product features instead of customer outcomes. Compounding this is the significant, and growing, shortage of qualified cyber-security professionals.

  8. 5 Reasons You Can’t Afford Not To Charge More For Your Services
    4/6/2016

    Pricing is a touchy subject for many, including your prospects. People tend to shy away from discussing money for one reason or another. Unfortunately, in business, this is not the right attitude and pricing should be at the forefront of your mind with all of your engagements.

  9. 5 Marketing Tactics That Drive MSP Success
    4/4/2016

    Marketing is a critical part of effectively growing any business. How and what you communicate about your business to customers and prospects can make the difference between success and failure. Yet, for many MSPs and IT service providers, marketing often falls to the bottom of the to-do list. For some, this is due to lack of experience or skill in marketing. Others simply don’t have the time or resources to focus on marketing their business.

  10. How The MSPs Role Changes When Clients Transition To The Cloud
    4/4/2016

    When companies move to the cloud, do they still need a managed service provider? The short answer is yes. The longer answer explains why MSPs will play a slightly different role in complementing a company's cloud strategy. In fact, 80 percent of businesses incorporating cloud deployment plans state they will still depend on MSPs for a variety of reasons, none of which can be fulfilled solely by transitioning to the cloud.