Storage Executive Commentary

  1. Solutions Providers: Whatever You Do, Don’t Do This
    2/27/2015

    The “this” that I’m talking about is the practice that I’ve seen MSPs (managed services providers) and IT consultants repeat many times.  Tragically, each repetition costs the MSP and/or IT consultant a ton of cash.  The behavior that I’m talking about is the result of success that the MSP has had. Ironically, the more successful small MSPs are, the more rapidly they want to grow, hire more engineers, and enjoy more recurring revenue.

  2. Ask Coach: Making Your Team Part of Strategic Planning, Part 3
    2/26/2015

    This is the third part of a three-part series. This installment deals with documenting your plan and driving communication through your team.

  3. Ask Coach: Making Your Team Part of Strategic Planning, Part 2
    2/24/2015

    Q: How do you invite your team to be part of strategic planning? Coach: Instead of “invite,” “engage.”

  4. Strategic IT Sales: Creating A Vision And Getting Buy-In
    2/24/2015

    Strategic sales is the process of taking your top few accounts and looking at them differently than you do your other clients. With these accounts, you want to jointly create a vision and a roadmap for the next three to five years. This includes not only what you can provide for them but also some of their other partners including their telecom and physical plant providers. Broaden your vision.

  5. It’s Time To Rebrand Your Sales Team
    2/19/2015

    Recently a co-worker of mine forwarded a WSJ article addressing why it’s so hard to fill high paying tech sales positions. The article came as no surprise to me, as the sales positions I have been trying to fill the last couple of years have presented challenges. It’s hard to fathom why, in this economy, folks aren’t jumping at the chance to earn $75K+, right? 

  6. The Year Of The Services Provider: 5 Ways To Avoid Security Breaches
    2/19/2015

    A new security breach seems to hit the news every week, and services providers must take proactive steps to make certain that they — or a partner provider — don’t unknowingly add an organization to the growing list of victims.

  7. Ask Coach: Making Your Team Part of Strategic Planning, Part 1
    2/19/2015

    How do you invite your team to be part of strategic planning? Coach: Instead of “invite,” “engage.”

  8. How Resellers Can Excel In Today’s Service-Driven Economy
    2/10/2015

    From cloud-based computing to Anything-as-a-Service (XaaS) and the Internet of Things (IoT), new technology trends are bringing new opportunities to the value chain. While product sales will surge, the services associated with these trends are where the most profit and potential lies for manufacturers and their channel partners.

  9. It’s Time For IT Resellers To Get Their Heads In The Clouds
    2/10/2015

    The cloud as a computing concept is relatively new, though it has its roots in central database management, which has been around since “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “Leave it to Beaver” were must-see TV.

  10. 3 Questions To Help Customer Relationships Thrive
    2/10/2015

    In the world of managed IT services, it never really seems to slow down. And when you’re constantly running at full speed, it’s easy to overlook certain risks and challenges that can put your success at risk. The good news is that these pitfalls both start and end with you — meaning you can avoid them if you know what to look for.

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