John Daniels, VP of strategic relations for HIMSS, assured VARs there are opportunities for them in healthcare. In his keynote at the Smart VAR Healthcare Summit, powered by ScanSource and Business Solutions, on Aug. 21 at the Westin Chicago Northwest, Daniels explained how HIMSS tracks a hospital’s progress toward electronic medical records (EMR) adoption, which technologies are likely to be in the highest demand in the next one to two years, and how to explain ROI to healthcare IT clients.
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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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Best Practices For Professionals: One Day That Changed My Sales Career
In his last series, Gary Pica focused on increasing managed services practices sales. In this four-part series, he shifts the focus to best practices for individuals that will make a positive impact on your businesses. Each week, Pica challenges you to examine your own systems, methods — and habits — and consider changes, if needed, for the better.
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.
5 Ways MSPs Can Prepare For The Internet Of Things
For those not already familiar, according to Gartner the Internet of Things (IoT) is “the network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment.” If you’re like most of the small business owners or managed services providers out there, you’re likely still trying to wrap your head around the hype and figure out what this actually means for your business.
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.
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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.
NAS Vs. Server For Small Business
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Migrating From Tape To Business Continuity At The Oldest Waffle Flour Manufacturer
When you’ve been in business since 1937, change doesn’t always come easy. For one of the country’s oldest producers of pancake and waffle flour the decision to upgrade their backup technology didn’t happen overnight. However, one of New Carbon’s stated corporate values is “Accountability:
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BSMtv: Channel Transitions Speakers Provide Advice For New And Growing MSPs
In this edition of BSMtv, Business Solutions and Jameson Publishing president Jim Roddy and Business Solutions editor in chief Mike Monocello welcome you from Channel Transitions East powered by Business Solutions magazine, held on July 22, 2014 at the Hilton Boston Logan Airport. Channel Transitions is a one-of-a-kind education and networking conference designed to help VAR/MSP executives learn how to best implement and manage the as-a-Service model.
F-Secure Details Security Solutions For Channel Transitions East Attendees
At Channel Transitions East on July 22, 2014 at the Hilton Boston Logan Airport, Michael Wong, systems engineer for F-Secure, tells VARs and MSPs how they can provide security solutions to their customers through F-Secure.
RapidFire Tools Details HIPAA Compliance Module At Channel Transitions East
Mark Winter, VP of Sales for RapidFire Tools, answers questions about the company’s HIPAA Compliance Module for an attendee at Channel Transitions East on July 22, 2014 at the Hilton Boston Logan Airport.
Webroot Discusses Security At Channel Transitions East
At Channel Transitions East on July 22, 2014 at the Hilton Boston Logan Airport, Webroot’s NA Channel Manager Jim D’Espinosa tells how Webroot can help MSPs and VARs provide endpoint protection, web security, mobile device protection, and other services to their clients.