I remember the days when IT admins so tightly locked down PC permissions that users couldn't change a printer setting, let alone install their own choice of applications. Of course, just 10 years ago, there weren't a whole lot of small specialized apps and there certainly weren't all the cloud apps we have today. Employees don't think they need permission to work smarter by installing apps like Dropbox on their computer. While users are more empowered than ever and have access to new productivity tools every day, an IT nightmare has been created -- rogue apps on the network. It might be worse than you think.
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Product Comparison Update: PSA (Professional Services Automation)
If managed services are a part of your business model — or will be soon — you need a PSA tool. Here’s the latest on the leading options.
Find Your Cloud Services Niche
This MSP’s client communication skills and intentional focus on cloud services are important keys to its projected 25 percent revenue growth this year.
3 Lies Break-Fix VARs Tell Themselves About Managed Services
Despite the growing number of managed services success stories, many VARs are reluctant to make the switch, and here’s why.
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Ask Coach: How Do I Establish Credibility As A Leader?
How do I establish my credibility as a leader to execute on the change that folks want to see happen?
From Peer Power: M&A As A Growth Strategy
Without a doubt, one of the hottest growth tactics in the IT market right now is the use of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) as a strategy. Having done seven of these transactions during the time I owned an MSP, there is no doubt that I’m a believer in the tactic as a great approach to growth.
Hiring In The IT Channel: Finding People With The Right Skills Is Just The Beginning
Recently, I was having lunch with the CEO of an IT security company and we were talking about what she really needs in IT staff. “Let me tell you what I don’t need,” she said. “I don’t need somebody who will work 9:00 to 5:00 and go home thinking that his or her day is done. I don’t need somebody who is going to hide behind a computer. What I do need are people who will give everything they have to my company and my end clients.”
Sales Is Still A Numbers Game
But, the numbers that you need to monitor and measure have changed dramatically, and I do mean dramatically. Back in my early days of selling for IBM, one of our management's mantra was “calls plus presentations equals sales,” and that worked.
Channel Sales Vendor/Partner Relationships: What Vendors Want (Part 3)
It’s not love at first sight. It is all about the relationship between the vendor and the partner if a channel sales partnership is to be successful. A better understanding of what a vendor expects from a partner helps the solution provider make well informed and prudent business decisions that have a positive and profitable impact on their organization.
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Building Higher IT Business Continuity In The Face Of Disaster
Most disasters strike when you least expect them. Some – like hurricanes – give you more warning. But in either case, it’s a real problem if disaster brings your business to a grinding halt. Forces of nature, malicious acts, or even a simple mistake can have a long-lasting negative effect on your business. This idea paper offers some first steps and follow-up steps you can take to upgrade your disaster preparedness.
Why You Need Backup And Disaster Recovery
Let’s get this out right here at the beginning: at some point down the road, your data is going to be in danger. It could be a machine error. It could be a virus. It could be a tornado the size of Nebraska. But sooner or later, you’re going to be in a situation where you’re at risk of losing some or all of your data.
5 Simple Steps To Break The Barrier To The Small Business Market
Managed Service Providers (MSPs) are doing small businesses a disservice if they sell them a backup only product. Small businesses, just like their enterprise counterparts, must have the ability to recover data and keep their business running in the event of a disaster.
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Seagull Scientific Features BarTender Software At Smart VAR Healthcare Summit
David Rau, director of sales, Americas for Seagull Scientific, discusses BarTender software at the Smart VAR Healthcare Summit held on May 6 in New Brunswick, NJ. The software enables data from EHR systems to be partitioned and added to a wristband or label — with the option of applying color.
Cognitive TPG Demonstrates Printing With Security Features
At the Smart VAR Healthcare Summit held on May 6 in New Brunswick, NJ. Joe Howe, business development manager for Cognitive TPG, his company’s printers’ ability to print special security features on plain, thermal paper.
MCL Technologies Demonstrates App Development Tool At Healthcare Summit
Susan Krusee, AMERICAS sales director for MCL Technologies, met conference attendees at the Smart VAR Healthcare Summit held on May 6 in New Brunswick, NJ. She provides information about MCL-Designer, a rapid app development tool/mobile platform cloud computing tool.
Datalogic: Healthcare Providers Are Adopting, Upgrading Technologies
Gina Wilde, national manager, healthcare vertical for Datalogic, talks with an attendee at the Smart VAR Healthcare Summit on May 6 in New Brunswick, NJ.