Managed Services Articles

  1. Government IT News For VARs — September 24, 2014
    9/24/2014

    In news this week, the Department of Homeland Security inspector general made recommendations to improve the Enhanced Cybersecurity Services (ECS) program, and the Department of Defense (DoD) is preparing to launch a new Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM) initiative. Meanwhile, three out of four mobile apps fail basic security tests, and approaches to data security and access need to be reformulated. Also, federal agencies are demanding FedRAMP-approved cloud services as the norm.

  2. Study Shows Untracked Emails, Meetings, Mean Big Loss In Revenue
    9/23/2014

    A new AffinityLive study finds that emails, meetings, and poor timesheet habits result in a loss of 38 percent of billable time annually, the same as if businesses shut down two days a week.

  3. Government Agencies Want To Double Cloud Use, Yet Still Fearful Of Risks
    9/23/2014

    Agencies want to double their cloud use — across infrastructure, platforms, and applications. And pressure to migrate to the cloud is certainly growing because of its potential benefits like improved agility, greater collaboration, and lack of IT complexity.  However, 89 percent of federal IT professionals still feel some migration apprehension because of concerns regarding data stewardship and management. In fact, 43 percent likened it to giving their son the keys to their new convertible.

  4. F-Secure Offers Information, Advice Regarding “GameOver Zeus”
    9/23/2014

    Earlier this year, the Department of Justice and the FBI announced a multinational effort to disrupt “GameOver Zeus,” malware that targets banking and other information from the computers it infects. Infected computers become part of a botnet that work for cybercriminals to continue to look for and exploit more systems and information.

  5. Manufacturing And Warehousing IT News For VARs — September 22, 2014
    9/22/2014

    In the news, 3D printing, automation are focuses of the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) conference. Also, manufacturing growth is anticipated through 2016, and applying Lean principles can help your clients save time and money. In addition, a webcast on Wednesday will show how digital manufacturing is transforming American industry.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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