Managed Services Articles

  1. Healthcare IT News For VARs — September 19, 2014
    9/19/2014

    In this week’s news, the White House seeks help from developers to expand the adoption of interoperable electronic health records (EHRs), and New Jersey faces worsening data breaches.

  2. How a PSA Commitment Led to 150% Revenue Growth
    9/19/2014

    In a recent blog, I talked about some of the common pitfalls VARs and MSPs run into with PSA (professional service automation) tools. One of the biggest pitfalls identified was “Using 10% of the application.” I recently spoke with Kory Lindersmith and Lonnie Ladwig, cofounders of Dakota Retail Technologies, two guys who can closely identify with this pitfall.

  3. VARTECH 2014: 9 Social Media Tips For VARs
    9/18/2014

    Do you recall the 1939 version of The Wizard Of Oz when a fearful Dorothy, played by Judy Garland, exclaims, “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!”? Today, solutions providers — especially those old enough to remember the 1939 version of The Wizard Of Oz — are saying “Facebook and Twitter and LinkedIn, oh my!” as they face an avalanche of social media options.

  4. Lively Media Panel Opens VARTECH 2014
    9/18/2014

    Value-added distributor BlueStar turned the tables on members of the channel media at its VARTECH conference in New Orleans Thursday. The day one general session opened with BlueStar Global Marketing Manager Dean Reverman asking publishing executives and editors questions about trends and best practices for solutions providers and IT vendors.

  5. Paper Lists Top 10 Business Intelligence Trends
    9/18/2014

    A recent Tableau Software white paper, titled “Top 10 Trends in Business Intelligence for 2014,” assesses the effects of these trends on how companies handle their information.

  6. Why Agility Equates To Longevity In Managed Services
    9/18/2014

    Earlier this month I attended the GFI MAX Customer Conference in Orlando. I continue to be amazed at the great nonpromotional educational content that’s shared at MSP events in general. This event was no exception. Indeed, during the keynote on day one, Dave Sobel, director of partner community for GFI, took the stage to talk about the value of MSPs and how they can be successful long term through stability and agility.

  7. Government IT News For VARs — September 17, 2014
    9/17/2014

    In news this week, the U.S. Defense Department (DoD) institutes a three-part cloud strategy, one senator warns agencies may already have been hacked, and Internet Slow Down Day proved to be a thorn in lawmakers’ sides. Social media is also proving to be a valuable resource for agencies.

  8. Education IT News For VARs — September 17, 2014
    9/17/2014

    In news this week, Education Dive presents some lessons learned from MOOCs. The Oculus founder makes a large donation to fund computer science at University of Maryland, while colleges gain free access to Epic Games’ Graphics Engine. And an enlightening infographic looks at how technology has changed higher education.

  9. What MSPs Can Learn From Chick-fil-A
    9/17/2014

    I love coming across quick, easy-to-follow advice for solutions providers. During a short presentation at the recently-held GFI MAX Customer Conference in Orlando, Tony Hayden, president of Sabre Networks, shared his thoughts on why an MSP should adopt many of the practices of restaurant chain Chick-fil-A. He believes the result would be a highly successful business. Here's what the restaurant does that can be applied to your business.

  10. Healthcare Providers Have EHRs, Need Advanced Use Of IT
    9/16/2014

    Data from a survey conducted by the American Hospital Association in its 2013 Annual Survey IT Supplement reveals that most hospitals use basic EHR (electronic health records) systems, but lack advanced use of healthcare IT.

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