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Rogue Apps: From Customer Headache To Recurring Revenue Boon

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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  • 10 Quick Things The IT Channel Should Know About Image-Based Backup
    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
    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
    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.

  • Ask Coach: How Do I Establish Credibility As A Leader?
    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
    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. 

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  • Building Higher IT Business Continuity In The Face Of Disaster
    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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