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Manufacturing And Warehousing IT News For VARs — July 28, 2014

In the news, an article explores the impact open-source technology could have on manufacturers and distributors. Also, 3D modeling can give your warehousing customers a chance to test options before they buy, and keeping up with new trends that center on the convergence of the Internet with IT will be vital to your customers’ competitiveness.

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MAGAZINE ARTICLES

  • Take Financial Services To The Cloud
    Take Financial Services To The Cloud

    This $213-million company’s record fiscal year is a result of overcoming customers’ cloud fears and expanding its managed services practice.

  • Why Now Is The Right Time To Sell IP Security

    With a market poised for explosive growth over the next three years, smart IT integrators are capitalizing on their advantage over traditional security dealers.

  • Jump-Start Your As-a-Service Transition

    As you might know, we’ve dedicated many pages to educating readers on the value of a managed services model. While the benefits can be great, there also can be some significant hurdles to clear before you sail off into the sunset. Many established MSPs have stories about adopting certain aspects of the model, while ignoring other aspects. This can delay or stifle your success on this model and potentially poison people into thinking that the model isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

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EXECUTIVE COMMENTARY

  • 5 Keys To Increasing MSP Sales Part 5: Believe In Change
    5 Keys To Increasing MSP Sales Part 5: Believe In Change

    Achieving dramatically different results requires taking dramatically different actions. More of the same won't get it done. The answer is not as easy as adding some new technical feature or as simple as hiring the right sales person. 

  • Which Backup Solution Is Right For Your Customer?
    Which Backup Solution Is Right For Your Customer?

    For many enterprises, there may be nothing more important than having the right backup solution in place for their data. There are three basic enterprise backup solutions: traditional, cloud, and hybrid. All three have their merits depending on the needs of a company. Some considerations to think about while analyzing what solution is best for your client: what type of data do we need to store? Are we storing the entire data for a corporation or only certain data sets that are constantly changing? These answers can affect the solution you ultimately choose.

  • Is Your Workforce Ready For The Internet Of Everything?
    Is Your Workforce Ready For The Internet Of Everything?

    Futurist Ray Kurzweil believes that the 21st century will be equivalent to 20,000 years of progress at today’s rate — about 1,000 times greater than the 20th century. In just the first two decades of the 21st century, the pace of this progress has created opportunities as well as challenges for businesses and governments around the world. A primary driver of these changes is the Internet of Everything (IoE).

  • The Pitfalls Of Automated Social Media Tools
    The Pitfalls Of Automated Social Media Tools

    Like almost any marketing tool, social media can be a two-edged sword. If handled with care, a tweet can be engaging and appealing, generating brand awareness and positive consumer responses; if they are thoughtless or insensitive, they can severely damage your brand.

  • Things To Include In Your Elevator Speech
    Things To Include In Your Elevator Speech

    In this age of social media, coupled with our instant access to information from anywhere at any time, you might think the need for a traditional elevator pitch is obsolete. However, the old sales practice of crafting a short, succinct introduction to your organization may be more relevant than ever. 

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WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES

  • Steps Taken To Avoid Data Loss And Ensure Continuity At Junior Achievement Of New York

    The home page of Junior Achievement of New York (JANY) states it “Teaches Young People About Money Management and How Business Works.” Well, JANY nearly learned the ultimate lesson in both when they experienced catastrophic system failure. And what’s worse? They and their Managed Service Provider (MSP) did all the right preparations!

  • The Four T’s Of Marketing

    There are so many elements to modern day marketing. From direct mailers and blogs to newsletters and emails, the modern day marketeer has a lot of things to consider when developing a marketing strategy. While there’s no magic 8 ball with all of the answers to your marketing questions, there are ways to make the whole process easier.

  • The Top 10 Myths About Sales

    No matter what point that you look back to in history, you can always find a notable deal, trade, or sale that shaped our world to what it is today. Even with its notoriety, sales is an industry that mystifies most of the general public. Is it about relationship building? Closing no matter what? Tricking someone into doing what you want?

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MANAGED SERVICES INDUSTRY EVENTS

Channel Transitions – East July 22 Boston
ASCII SMB IT Success Summit July 30-31 Providence (Warwick, RI)
CompTIA Channelcon Aug 4-7 Phoenix
GFI MAX 2014 Customer Conference Sep 8-10 Orlando, FL
ASCII SMB IT Success Summit Sep 17-18 Phoenix
Navigate - Continuum User Conference Sep 21-23 Boston    
Ingram IMOne - Fall Sep 21-24 Las Vegas
Channel Transitions – Midwest October 7 Chicago    
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