Storage Executive Commentary

  1. Ask Coach: How To Connect Better With People (In Particular Your IT Solutions Provider Staff)

    Q: How can I better connect with people (and in particular, my staff)? Coach: What do Maxwell Smart’s shoe phone and the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding have in common? Both teach valuable lessons on effectively connecting with others.

  2. 8 Top Traits To Look For In An Employee

    I am asked this question from time to time, and the quick answer reads a little bit like the Boy Scout credo: honest, thrifty reverent, etc. The full answer is a lot more complicated because the “perfect employee” is someone who fits into your organization and stays around for a long time as well. There is a great deal riding on your hiring, and companies that hire well typically thrive. 

  3. SMBs Are Getting Their Feet Wet With Hybrid Cloud Storage Solutions

    I am likely preaching to the choir when I say, introducing small-to-medium sized business clients (SMB) to a new, highly innovative, many times expensive technology solution is no easy feat.  Actually, the introduction isn’t really the hard part — getting that PO signed-off is where it becomes tricky.

  4. How To Quickly Integrate A New Salesperson Into Your IT Company, Part 1

    I was asked by one of our peer group members to provide some advice as it related to the hiring and onboarding of a new salesperson. The potential hire did not have an IT industry background.  So my advice to him was twofold, focusing around how to get the non-IT person up to speed and how to quickly integrate the new hire into their company.

  5. How To Quickly Integrate A New Salesperson Into Your IT Company, Part 2

    In the first part of this series, I shared some strategies around onboarding a salesperson into a new industry.  This article will focus on the second question of how to immerse a new hire in your company culture and expectations.

  6. How IT Solutions Providers Can Strategically Plan A Benefits Package

    All IT companies are facing a shortage of qualified workers, and this is especially true for SMB owners.  It seems as though the “big boys” have the competitive edge when it comes to compensation packages, perks, and benefits. In addition, the changes brought about via the Affordable Care Act have frustrated many employers, forcing them to reevaluate their benefit packages by dropping some benefits, adding additional benefits, or modifying the plans themselves.

  7. How To Avoid The Multi-Portal Cloud Services Pitfall

    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

  8. 4 Things Every MSP And VAR Should Do On World Backup Day

    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.

  9. Stuck On Your IT Services Business Strategic Plan? How A Coach Can Help Jump Start Progress

    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.

  10. IT Solutions Providers: Which Lake Are You In?

    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.