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  1. Making Cloud Less Cloudy

    It’s neither a secret nor a surprise that cloud computing is a big focus for small and medium-sized enterprises. After all, the average company expects to dedicate 25 percent of its IT budget to cloud computing this year, according to IDC.

  2. The Future Of The Internet — CDN And The Investments Your Site Requires

    When you think of the future of the internet, you probably think one thing: life will be spectacular. A social media platform that identifies when people are lying about how awesome their lives are and iPads that double as hover boards would be spectacular, indeed.

  3. A Cloudy Situation: Meeting The Security Needs Of SMEs

    Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt (FUD) have been used by IT security vendors to scare customers into buying their products for many years. This continues to be an effective tactic even now, but the only difference is that vendors don’t have to try very hard — the stream of cyber-attack and global data breach headlines does the job for them.

  4. Using Business Rules To Find New Revenue

    While the widespread adoption of cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is a threat to existing on-premise applications and independent software vendor (ISV) business models. It’s also an opportunity for ISVs to step up and meet market needs as there are numerous ways ISVs can work to not only meet those needs, but boost overall revenue.

  5. Data Protection Without Borders

    Data sovereignty has garnered a lot of press and discussion over the last few months. But ask data owners, data creators, and those who process data what data sovereignty truly means and you will probably get many unique answers.

  6. Regulatory Tug-Of-War And The Rise Of The Hybrid Cloud

    The tug-of-war between regulatory compliance and operational efficiency is causing companies to turn to the “hybrid cloud” for their business applications. Companies want the benefits of the cloud but need to control confidential customer data. This is particularly true in the financial sector, where security regulations often require that sensitive customer data remain in a company’s local country.

  7. 5 Pitfalls To Avoid When Migrating SMB Clients To The Cloud

    The verdict is in: Cloud computing can help small and midsize businesses (SMBs) lower operating expenses and improve application performance – and SMBs are increasingly looking to IT channel partners like you to help them realize those benefits. About 78 percent of U.S. small businesses will be fully adapted to cloud computing by 2020, according to Emergent Research.

  8. 6 Methods To Consider When Pricing Managed Services

    Let’s face it: pricing is a hot topic for managed IT service providers (MSPs), and with good reason. It’s 2016, and there are still heated debates on the best pricing model to choose. Many MSPs are unsure what is the right model for their business, and without the proper due diligence into the topic, there can remain the nagging fear that some detail has been missed and potentially greater profit margins are slipping away.

  9. What Can IT Providers Do To Help Combat The Human Component Of Data Security Vulnerabilities?

    IT providers have a responsibility to do everything feasible to assure the success of their customers. Hard drives do fail and tornados do occur; however, with surprising frequency, more threats are occurring as a result of fellow human beings.

  10. 5 Insights Into Successful Channel Relationships

    Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. What can vendors do to develop mutually profitable channel relationships with their partners? Teach them to fish? Well, something like that.