The ASCII Group, founded in 1984, is the oldest and largest group of independent information technology solution providers, integrators, managed service providers (MSPs), and value added resellers (VARs). Started by Alan Weinberger, ASCII originally consisted of 40 independent software retailers that decided to join together as a buying group and pay monthly fees to support their organization, in turn supporting each other and their programs for mutual benefit.
I can’t keep up with Karl Palachuk. Recognized in our channel as a managed services pioneer and the owner of solution provider advisor Small Biz Thoughts, Palachuk dispensed an avalanche of wisdom today at the ASCII Success Summit in Milwaukee, so much that I couldn’t capture it all.
Datto Vice President of Business Development Rob Rae said to forget about acts of God and focus on continuity if you want channel success during his presentation at the ASCII Success Summit in Milwaukee, WI. “Backup means fires, floods, tornados, and hurricanes,” Rae said. “Most people think acts of God won’t happen to them, so stop selling backup and start selling continuity.”
“The MSP market is growing, changing from a first generation MSP to second generation MSP,” said Kelly O’Bray, Global Community Manager at LOGICnow, who presented expert market analysis before a packed house at the ASCII Success Summit in Milwaukee, WI. As a result of this growth, MSPs now have more predictability of service, budget reliability, and better control of resources.
At the ASCII Success Summit in Milwaukee today, C.J. Ezell, CEO of managed services provider PointClear Networks, gave an encore performance of his 2015 ASCII presentation titled “Adding Dental Integration To Your Managed Services Practice.”
Herman Pool has worn many hats during his lifetime: entrepreneur, managed services provider, father (now grandfather), and marketing guru among them. Later this year he will add one more title to that list – author – and so he shared highlights from his soon-to-be-published book One Hour Marketing on stage at today’s ASCII Success Summit in Milwaukee.
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.
If your clients deal with healthcare records of any kind for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) purposes, their business is considered either a covered entity or a business associate, and they should be preparing in earnest for Office of Civil Rights (OCR) HIPAA audits in 2015 and 2016.
Partnering as an IT solutions provider with the small and medium business client is the sole focus of many integrators and MSPs (managed services providers). Though SMBs have many of the same needs as bigger firms, they are usually less tech savvy, have fewer resources and a less strategic view of their IT. So they are looking to you for three things.
Remember the days when the most integration your computer and your telephone had was when you connected to the Internet via dial-up modem? It was really more like the occasional meet-up than a full-fledged marriage between two critical pieces of technology. Phone systems, like mainframe computers, were highly specialized, cumbersome, and expensive long-term commitments — and there was an equally specialized and highly trained sector of people who sold and serviced them.
The concept of ASCII is simple. What sets The ASCII Group apart is that it is a community open to all independent IT practices – ranging in size and scope from a single person operation to large companies with many employees.
A common tagline that is used by The ASCII Group is, ‘Leverage the power of an interactive community’. For the past 30 years, The ASCII Group has celebrated the solution provider and heralded the benefits of working within a community by offering over 70 programs that provide innovative business building strategies and extensive peer networking.