Storage Executive Commentary

  1. Disaster Strikes: 3 Critical Factors That Should Be A Part Of A Recovery Plan

    In the darkest days after a tornado in early May damaged 30 percent of Van, Texas, (a city outside of Dallas) residents were provided some relief when the Van High School “Vandals” baseball team beat North Lamar High School to go on to the state semifinals for the first time in program history.

  2. What IT Solutions Providers Need To Know About Bitcoins And Cryptocurrency

    Bitcoins are a form of cryptocurrency, meaning they do not have a physical representation. Instead they are stored in an online exchange in anonymous wallets. They can be transferred anywhere in the world via the Internet. They can be paid from anywhere, to anywhere with total anonymity. The long and short of it is: They are the ideal form of payment for illicit activities and hackers.

  3. What To Consider When Planning Your Business Exit Strategy, Part I

    One of the areas I spend considerable time on is helping business owners prepare for and then complete an exit from the business they often founded and have worked in for decades. Let’s get one thing straight:  It is a big deal for an entrepreneurial owner to exit his or her business. In fact, it is a very big deal. The saddest call I receive comes from a small business owner that has worked in their company for decades. It was their creation, and they have poured sweat and blood into building it to where it is today.

  4. Leadership Lessons Learned By A Systems Integrator On A 7,500-Mile Rally To Mongolia

    The most important leadership lessons come from the least likely scenarios. I’ve found this to be true throughout my career as an entrepreneur and executive, and it’s part of the reason I’ll spend a few weeks this summer driving thousands of miles across Europe in a tiny car I rescued from the scrap heap.

  5. The Best Business Advice: Don’t Worry About What Other People Think

    I grew up in a family where advice was flowing most of the time, whether solicited or not. My dad was always providing his perspective on life and all things happening around us. For a lot of years, I really didn’t appreciate it so much. But as I grew older and actually began to listen to what he said, it suddenly became a lot more relevant. Now that he’s gone especially, I recognize the brilliance of much of what he shared and wish he were still here as I know I have more to learn.

  6. The Transition From Entrepreneur To Leader (Part 2): Multiply Influence by Maximizing Engagement

    In a previous blog post entitled “The Transition from Entrepreneur to Leader,” I wrote that without a doubt the biggest challenges most small businesses face revolve around people in the key areas of leadership (the people at the top) and employees (the people who do the work).  In this installment I want to write about people and what we as leaders need to do to ensure we maximize engagement for the people on our teams.

  7. IT Solutions Providers: Shhh, Here’s The Secret Behind Every Great Social Media Strategy

    Somewhere along the line, someone in your organization probably said, “Hey, we need to get on social media!” So maybe someone set up a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and LinkedIn profile.

  8. 4 Marketing Best Practices For MSPs

    Marketing is one of the biggest challenges managed services providers (MSPs) face. Between managing customer relationships, keeping up with technology advances and handling finances, MSPs have little time left to promote the business. And, most don’t have the marketing talent on staff so they outsource it to an expert.

  9. 7 Steps To A Seamless Email Marketing Campaign

    Email marketing campaigns can be extremely effective, and are a relatively inexpensive marketing tactic. Assuming you’ve built up your prospect database, an email marketing campaign ensures you’ll reach a large audience with your message — whether you’re sharing educational “thought leadership” content, unveiling a new product offering, or following up after an event.

  10. 6 Considerations That Make Or Break Business Continuity

    The term disaster recovery conjures images of widespread flooding or a fire destroying data centers or rendering workplaces unrecognizable. Natural disasters and accidents are concerns, but the reality is disasters in enterprise IT are more frequently caused by mistakes or accidents unrelated to the weather or any other kind of large-scale accident.