Storage Executive Commentary

  1. How To Avoid The Multi-Portal Cloud Services Pitfall
    3/30/2015

    While it’s often necessary for IT solution providers to take small steps when adding cloud services to their line card, thoughtful planning around cloud management goes a long way to protecting future profitability

  2. 4 Things Every MSP And VAR Should Do On World Backup Day
    3/27/2015

    World Backup Day is upon us. On Tuesday, March 31, folks around the world pause (or at least we imagine them doing so!) to reflect on the importance of backup and recovery and what it means to their business. Are you looking to celebrate? If you haven’t in the past and don’t know how, no need to panic. Here’s a list of four things that every MSP (managed services provider) and VAR should do to commemorate World Backup Day. By doing so, you also set a great example for the SMBs you serve.

  3. Stuck On Your IT Services Business Strategic Plan? How A Coach Can Help Jump Start Progress
    3/24/2015

    I heard Verne Harnish speak at a conference a few years ago.  He said many great things but the most impactful (to me at least) observation he shared was around coaching.  He shared how Tiger Woods, who at this point was at the pinnacle of his career, was impacted by a coach.

  4. IT Solutions Providers: Which Lake Are You In?
    3/24/2015

    When I was in college, I spent my summers working at a YMCA camp. I was responsible to keep all the trails, playing fields, and general areas mowed. I also did some general maintenance stuff around the camp as well. Occasionally, I would get to do some work down by the lake. It was here that I would witness hundreds of kids get in a canoe, many of them for the first time.

  5. The IT Services Provider Is Critical To SMB Success
    3/23/2015

    It’s a pretty bold claim, but true. Small-business success is at the core of economic growth. If they fail, we all do — the entire channel.

  6. Which Characteristics Do You Look For In An Employee?
    3/19/2015

    There are many reasons for hiring a new employee. Maybe your business is growing and you need addition resources to help with the increasing workload. Maybe you had someone leave your team or company and you are backfilling the vacant position. Or maybe you have the misfortune of having to let an employee go for whatever reason and now you are filling the position.

  7. Change Doesn’t Mean Doom For The IT Channel — But Scaring Businesses Off With The Idea Could
    3/18/2015

    The channel is constantly in a state of change, and with change comes uncertainty. Uncertainty drives fear and so with each change people are quick to identify threats to the existing model and ultimately the demise of the channel. 

  8. How IT Solutions Providers Can Maintain A Quality Standard
    3/18/2015

    An intern working on a research project was asked by his professor to submit a report within a week. The intern did as directed but the report came back quickly with a question, “Is this the best you can do?” Knowing he could have been done better, he worked on it some more before submitting again. The professor returned the report with the same question. The intern amped up his efforts, started from the beginning, and worked on it feverishly.

  9. Ask Coach: What Sharing A Bathroom With 4 Women Taught Me About Family Strategic Planning
    3/16/2015

    Q: How do I do strategic planning with my family? Coach: Have you ever shared one bathroom with four women? I have. It makes for an interesting study in human relations and tests communication and mutual respect like no other situation I know.

  10. Keeping Your IT Clients’ PLM Grounded As Cloud Adoption Becomes More Mainstream
    3/10/2015

    There is a lot of talk about cloud computing today and its exponentially growing presence among enterprise technology, particularly product lifecycle management (PLM). While PLM “in the cloud” is available today, its adoption can be slow. PLM provides a central and secure location to track and manage product data throughout the product lifecycle including: component data, bill of materials (BOMs), product documentation, engineering changes and revisions, as well as quality and compliance information.

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