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  • Men: Let’s Get Past The Discomfort Of Sexism In IT
    Men: Let’s Get Past The Discomfort Of Sexism In IT

    Men outnumber women in this industry by something on the order of 8 to 2, and the margin is even wider in the c-suite. By and large, we’re the ones approving salaries, greenlighting recruits, and setting the cultural tones of our companies. That requires us to be involved in solving the pay gap, recruiting more women into the field, and most importantly, driving cultures that demand equal respect across gender lines. None of that will happen if we’re not talking about it.

Let’s Talk About The Channel’s Lack Of Diversity

The lack of women and minorities in the channel is such a complex problem. We can’t keep forgetting about diversifying the channel – it has to be an ongoing conversation about how our industry can find better ways to recruit talented women and minorities and help them advance to leadership positions.

Why Peer Groups Matter: Value For Everyone

I spent a few days in Dallas last week with my friends at HTG. I try to attend as many of the group’s quarterly meetings as I can, because there’s no better place to become immersed in the MSP community. Honest and transparent conversations with the leaders of operationally mature—and actively maturing—managed services businesses are what direct our MSP Insights and Channel Executive editorial content.

Automation And The Fate Of The IT Professional

There’s been no shortage of press about the IT labor situation in India. In case you haven’t been following, here’s a quick summation. The country’s outsourced IT shops are like our brick-and-mortar stores. There are too many of them. They’re occupied by too many employees for the times. They both face threats posed by automation and Amazon, respectively, nemeses whose names are nearly synonymous.

Leaving User Experience To Vendors? Big Mistake.

As VAR and MSP sales and marketing organizations catch the buyer persona buzz, are client personas and user experiences being overlooked?

GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • Don’t Expand Your MSP Repertoire Without Consulting Your Current Vendors
    Don’t Expand Your MSP Repertoire Without Consulting Your Current Vendors

    When MSPs seek out new tools and capabilities to add to their portfolio of managed services, they shouldn’t overlook the opportunity to benefit from the advice of their current vendors. Many, from my experience, still don’t. This is a marketplace small enough that many of us know one another very, very well. Successful vendors inevitably learn the lay of the land and get to know their neighbors, with most participating at the same annual MSP events around the country (which, even before a expo hall cocktail, have collegial atmospheres). Because of this, they usually possess a particularly deep knowledge of who operates out of the same wheelhouse as their own, but also – importantly – those vendors that offer adjacent and complementary solutions that will save MSPs (and their clients) headache down the road.

  • 3 Reasons MSPs Are Moving To A Multi-Cloud Sales Strategy
    3 Reasons MSPs Are Moving To A Multi-Cloud Sales Strategy

    It may be easier in the short-term for an MSP to standardize on one cloud provider, but a multi-cloud sales strategy is the more lucrative option in the long run.

  • Why Security Is The Biggest Tech Opportunity For MSPs And VARs
    Why Security Is The Biggest Tech Opportunity For MSPs And VARs

    Doug Grimm sat down with MSPinsights and VARinsights to talk about the biggest tech opportunity for MSPs and VARs.

  • MSPs: Stop Making This Common Pricing Mistake

    Jim Hocking sat down with MSPinsights to talk about MSP pricing and the most common mistake he sees MSPs make when it comes to pricing their services.

  • 10 Warning Signs You’re Using The Wrong Channel Management Solution

    Dreading your company’s annual kick-off because you can’t really show how your channel is performing – and suffering from a lack of ideas on how to truly accelerate your indirect revenue?  You’re not alone.  These are common symptoms of having selected the wrong channel management solution.

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MSP WHITE PAPERS

  • What Makes Real Threat Intelligence

    First popularized in terminology several years ago, threat intelligence means many things to many people. This is due, in part, to the wide variety of producers, consumers, formats, intended uses, and quality of this type of data. This wide variety of definitions is exacerbated by the spectrum of qualitative and quantitative data called threat intelligence.

  • Guide On How To Secure A Network

    Implementing network, endpoint, and server security while backing up data and keeping network users aware of threats can go a long way toward keeping your company’s data safe.

  • The MSP’s Technical Guide To Providing Backup-as-a-Service

    Every MSP should be looking for additional services that are easy to setup, simple to manage, achieve predictable results, and generate consistent revenue. Backup-as-a-Service is one of the logical “next steps” for every MSP that is already responsible for the care of their customer’s most critical systems. Some simply haven’t made the jump yet (e.g. the customer is still managing their own backups), while others just haven’t moved their management of backups to a recurring service model.

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  • The ASCII Group
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    The ASCII Group is a vibrant community of independent MSPs, VARS and solution providers in North America. The organization offers members leveraged purchasing programs, education and training, knowledge sharing among peers, discounts on business services, and more. Founded in 1984 by Alan Weinberger, ASCII is the oldest and largest group of independent IT solution providers, integrators and VARS in the world.

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MSP INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • Why Checklists?
    Why Checklists?

    Why checklists are the tool of choice highly efficient task management.

  • What’s Your Documentation Maturity Level?
    What’s Your Documentation Maturity Level?

    Documentation is an area of your business over which you have full control, that delivers to you competitive advantage, if you know how to use it to its maximum potential.

  • Managed Offsite Backup For Saving Data From Natural Disasters
    Managed Offsite Backup For Saving Data From Natural Disasters

    The importance of understanding the value of centralized backup and demonstrating it to your clients.

  • The Importance Of Planning For Tomorrow
    The Importance Of Planning For Tomorrow

    Many of us are surviving on a day-to-day basis. We barely have time to plan for what we’re going to do this afternoon so tomorrow seems overwhelming. It's a recipe for disaster but, somehow, we embrace this chaos! Many “gurus” out there use the word “hustle” as a badge of honor but us amateurs tend to embrace it as an excuse to get away with making stuff up as we go along. But why?

  • The Difference Between BaaS And DRaaS Explained
    The Difference Between BaaS And DRaaS Explained

    In the digital age, businesses face key decisions regarding the access and recovery of their data. It’s essential for both businesses and MSPs to understand the basics of the two different types of data access and recovery options: backup as a service (BaaS) and disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS). Here, we’ll explain these two options as well as how they factor into a company’s data and recovery plans.

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