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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What Keeps CIOs/CSOs Awake At Night?
In today’s business climate, the only thing faster than the rapid pace of business might be the even faster pace of technology. As a trusted solutions provider the more you can talk technology and business with a CIO, the more success you’re going to have. With that in mind, here’s a look at four technologies that keep CIOs awake at night, and how you can help them rest easy.
10 Quick Things The IT Channel Should Know About Image-Based Backup
Ask any expert about backup and disaster recovery (BDR) and you’ll quickly learn it is no longer what it used to be. There are more options out there than ever, and figuring out what will work best for your small to midsize business (SMBs) customers up front — before they make the investment — is essential. Image-based backup, also known as sector-based backup, is emerging as a top choice for channel partners and their SMB clients today, and that’s because it makes up for the limitations of competing alternatives in a number of ways.
The Cloud Is For Everyone, But Not For Everything
As a business consultant to manage services providers (MSPs), I often help my clients build a cloud offering to sell to their customers. The first thing I tell them is, “The cloud is for everyone, but not for everything.” Sometimes when I say this I get that “deer in the headlights” look from them. I then explain my thoughts to them and in this post I will explain them to you as well.
Leading Your Service Team Through A Merger Or Acquisition
I can remember the day I had to go into my team’s normal meeting room and deliver the news that we had been acquired. I had a prepared statement that we division leaders had prepared with the acquiring company which made the first seven minutes easy to get through.
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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.