Networking Articles

  1. Financing Options Your Customers Will Love
    1/17/2014

    Solutions providers share how they handle customers who need to finance projects and how it reinforces their role as a trusted advisor.

  2. Government IT News For VARs — January 14, 2014
    1/17/2014

    Over the past week, the news was filled with stories about GPS tracking technology. The GAO reports automakers are collecting and storing data from on-board navigation devices, and police and emergency responders are using the technology to locate the closest unit to an emergency to reduce response times. Along with the use of the technology are privacy concerns and a possible target for hackers.

  3. Ditch Your “Wait-And-See” Approach To Selling BDR In 4 Easy Steps
    1/14/2014

    Because the majority of my conversations are with VARs and MSPs that sell BDR (backup and disaster recovery) services, I sometimes have to remind myself that not all resellers are proactively selling BDR and/or experiencing great success. A recent study conducted by cloud backup vendor Intronis in conjunction with the 2112 Group and Business Solutions magazine revealed a very different picture: 44 percent of the more than 350 channel partners recently surveyed on this topic said they are not proactively selling BDR services to their clients. Instead, they are taking a wait-and-see approach to the problem.

  4. Avoid These 4 Deadly Sins Of Managed Services
    1/14/2014

    During a conversation I had with Bob Lawson, product director at GFI MAX, we discussed the major pitfalls MSPs run into that can sabotage their practices.

  5. Managed Services, Backup and Recovery, and Networking News From December 2013
    1/14/2014

    Each month, Business Solutions reports news on business in the channel. This month in Managed Services, Backup and Recovery, and Networking news, Unitrends acquires PHD Virtual, Datto introduces a new partner marketing tool, MegaPath launches a data breach risk calculator, N-able announces N-Central 9.3, Kaseya presents BYOD Suite, and SYNNEX enhances its rebate management application. Also The ASCII Group can take advantage of a Passportal password management system, and CompTIA adds three sales playbooks to its educational curriculum.

  6. Education IT News For VARs — January 10, 2014
    1/10/2014

    In the news, Knewton and Cengage partner to enhance a platform with adaptive learning, schools are finding “assistive” uses for technology, and a new platform assesses and provides feedback on written assignments. 

  7. 7 Must-Haves Before You Hire A Salesperson
    1/10/2014

    I was glancing over my notes from IT Nation and came across some gems concerning hiring a salesperson. During his presentation entitled "How to Hire, Fire, Compensate & Ensure Success of a Sales Professional," Alex Rogers, CEO of CharTec, shared his 7 must-haves before you hire a salesperson. I couldn't find these anywhere online so I thought I'd share them here.

  8. Baby Steps: Better Planning, New Priorities Inch Partners Toward Growth
    1/9/2014

    Channel partners are realizing a small but measurable uptick in growth and overall revenue fueled in part by an increase in prudent business planning, new research from The 2112 Group finds.

  9. Government IT News For VARs — January 7, 2014
    1/7/2014

    In the news, the Department of Veterans Affairs has added access to open data on its website. Also in the news, a VAR could be banned from doing business with the federal govenment in the wake of allegations of channel stuffing prior to an ISV acquisition.

  10. Healthcare IT News For VARs — January 6, 2014
    1/6/2014

    In the news, the CMS has extended the Stark law exception that permits hospitals to help fund EHR costs for physicians. Also, a survey shows most vendors are still in the ICD-10 product development phase, a newly introduced House Bill 3750 would provide assistance to states for telehealth policies, and ACO participation is on the rise.