Managed Services Executive Commentary

  1. 3 Steps For Developing An Effective Cloud IT Strategy

    Even though you might not be aware of it, your organization most likely is using cloud technology in some capacity. It could be a Dropbox account used by an employee to share video files with a client, a virtual machine hosting an application, or employees using cell phones to send files or collaborate on shared documents.

  2. Lagging Security Indicators And The Future Of Security Services

    Security breaches in the retail sector are a common occurrence due to the large amount of credit card information available to hackers accessing unprotected systems and networks. Developed in 1996 — but just now being implemented — EMV, chip and sign technology is starting to help retailers reduce their reliance of valuable credit card data. However, how often do we walk into a store to make a purchase just to feel silly because we don’t know if the chip reader is enabled or not?

  3. Maximizing Your Business Valuation

    The old adage most IT businesses were started by techies, not business people still rings true. But when it comes time to sell, potential buyers will be savvy individuals who grasp the details of business valuation. So let’s focus on maximizing your business valuation by developing and documenting processes and procedures, building client relationships, learning your tools, and living by your numbers.

  4. Don’t Get Left Behind in 2016- How To Tell If Cloud Computing Is Right For Your Business

    Whether they are realistic or not, at the beginning of every New Year we all have our resolutions and goals that we want to accomplish. If you are a business owner, these goals are almost always financially driven. If one of your goals is to lower your IT infrastructure costs while increasing employee productivity, mobility, and data accessibility, then keep reading to find out if cloud computing is right for your business. If this isn’t already one of your goals, maybe it should be.

  5. The Beginners Guide To Maintaining A Website

    Having a website is an essential part of a modern business’ operation. A firm needs this vital tool to help get in touch with customers and put itself on the map. But a website isn’t a static thing. You can’t buy one off the shelf, simply plonk it online, and forget about it. You need to maintain it properly so it delivers the results you need. Here's how...

  6. 3 Ways To Communicate The Value Of Managed Services

    Let’s face it, SMBs are cost-conscious by nature and will go to great lengths to save money. When it comes to managed IT services, for example, we’ve heard from our MSP partners that many of their SMB clients will choose to opt out of these services in order to save a few dollars in the short run. What they don’t often don’t is, after accounting for productivity losses, unscheduled maintenance fees, and even damage to their reputation, the decision not to engage in a managed services contract can end up costing them much more down the road.

  7. How Managed Service Providers (MSPs) Can Maintain Revenue And Relevance In The Cloud

    The move to cloud-based computing is disrupting a familiar and lucrative business model for managed service providers (MSPs) and value added resellers (VARS) who have built their businesses on implementing and managing computing infrastructure for customers with traditional on-premises data centers – services now in dwindling demand. How do MSPs and VARs maintain revenue and relevance as customers increasingly go directly to cloud service providers for management of their cloud-based compute resources?

  8. Make “Going Green” Easy With Cloud Computing

    Going green and reducing the corporate carbon footprint have been fairly recent trends among companies, but more often than not, profit is the deciding factor in business decisions. Usually moving to green or more eco-friendly procedures means an increase in cost for a company. However, with cloud computing, it’s likely your transition will keep more money in your pocket while also helping the planet.

  9. From Charity To Parity: Changing The Conversation About Gender Diversity In IT

    So much of the discussion around gender diversity in IT is about how tech companies need to reverse the discrimination against women in hiring, compensation, and promotion. It’s championed as the socially responsible thing to do. And, it certainly is that, but evidence is mounting that it’s also the financially responsible thing to do for your IT company.

  10. Reducing The Threat Of Stolen And Compromised Credentials

    Compromised and stolen credentials continue to be a thorn in the life of the health IT security professional. A recent Cloud Security Alliance survey found more than 65 percent of respondents believed compromised credentials would be the root cause of a security breach.