Managed Services Articles
Putting the $1 Trillion SMB Market Into Perspective
After covering the IT industry for 13+ years, I’ve had the privilege of talking to hundreds of VARs, MSPs, and other channel IT professionals. It would seem sometimes that the market must be saturated with resellers, but a study by analyst group Gartner reveals just how big of an opportunity that exists within the SMB market in particular.
Beware Of “Careless Users In The Cloud”
A services and solutions provider surveyed 1,000 full-time workers in the United States and Canada and found employees who use cloud-based apps have some bad habits that could result in security breaches and data loss. As you create cloud-based solutions for your customers, you should advise them to be aware of employee practices that could undermine data security.
Government IT News For VARs — February 19, 2014
In the news, local and state government organizations begin to look at the demands data center consolidation, mobility, security, cloud computing, and Big Data will have on their IT departments. Also, writers share insights from the IBM Center for the Business of Government report, “Realizing the Promise of Big Data: Implementing Big Data Projects.”
The ASCII Group CEO: Businesses Change … Business Stays The Same
Despite all the changes the IT channel has seen over the past three decades, basic principles that govern business practices still prevail. The ASCII Group is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and founder, chairman, and CEO Alan Weinberger says throughout the group’s history, he has seen that conducting business ethically, forming partnerships within the channel community, and achieving a work-life balance have continued to be keys to success.
Education IT News For VARs — February 14, 2014
While winter weather interrupts school systems across the country, technology steps up to help parents track their children’s school buses. Also, Utah presents its technology plan, and MOOCs set sights on high school classrooms.
Healthcare IT News For VARs — February 14, 2014
In the news this week, a study shows about two-thirds of physicians would not buy the same EHR system again, and a study shows reported healthcare data breaches have increased by 300 percent since 2005. Also, DARPA is looking for researchers from universities, government, and private industry to propose how to build a mechanism and add data mining to ongoing research into the biology of cancer and signal pathways for cancer cells.
2014 IT Channel-Specific Event Calendar
One of the best ways to learn is to speak with peers and share your best and worst practices. The best place to do that is at industry events. In addition to networking, conferences are also great places to partake in top-notch industry-specific education on technology, sales, and marketing. If you're not an events kind of person or company, you're missing out on huge growth opportunities.
“Continual Service Improvement” Can Start With A Look At Your Data
The data you collect about your businesses is valuable — if you use it.
It’s Time To (Re)invest In Expertise
CompTIA recently released its IT Industry Outlook 2014, a 41-page report chock-full of very interesting information relevant to the IT channel. If you’re a CompTIA member, get your free copy now. Apart from a bunch of data that points to growth and opportunity for solutions providers in 2014, the report contains a thorough overview of the most significant trends to watch this year.
Government IT News For VARs — February 12, 2014
In the news, federal agencies struggle to implement Cloud First, and the June deadline for cloud service providers to comply with FedRAMP is approaching.