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  • Apple In The Channel: You In?
    Apple In The Channel: You In?

    Seven historically valid reasons for VARs and MSPs to ignore Apple, and seven counterpoints on why that might be a mistake today.

Why A POS Solutions Provider Is Building A $10 Million Office

Why is a scrappy, bootstrapped IT services company splurging on zip lines and basketball courts for its new 34,000 sqaure foot office building? After all, BNG Holdings didn’t earn a 133 percent three-year growth rate and a spot on the Inc. 5000 list by spending frivolously. Brady Nash and the co-founders of BNG Holdings started dreaming of building a Google-like work environment in Fargo, ND while they were still 18 and 19-year-old college kids selling telecom and cable services for a multi-level marketing company. Fast forward a little more than 10 years later, and the technology company sees real estate as just one more way BNG is diversifying its portfolio.

Inside The ConnectWise/HTG Acquisition

The pundits and prognosticators, myself included, have been predicting robust channel M&A activity in 2018. That activity got off to an exciting and immediate start with acquisition of HTG Peer Groups by ConnectWise, announced Jan. 5.

Why ITS Was A Great Acquisition For ATS

Last fall, David Corey, VP of IT Services at Advanced Technology Services, Inc. (ATS), wrote a Channel Executive guest editorial for us. In the column, he proffered a few digital transformation fundamentals for MSPs and IT service providers in general. These words, in particular, offered a bit of foreshadowing in light of recent news from ATS.

VAR & MSP SaaS Adoption Trends

SaaSMAX and CompTIA recently teamed up on a webinar to share findings from CompTIA’s state of the SaaS channel report. Carolyn April, Senior Director of Industry Analysis at CompTIA, and Clinton Gatewood, VP of Partner and Reseller Development at SaaSMAX, presented data that any VAR or MSP either currently selling, or considering selling, SaaS products should pay attention to. 

GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • What Not To Sell: Three Rules Of Engagement For MSPs
    What Not To Sell: Three Rules Of Engagement For MSPs

    When IT service providers become MSPs, the transition isn’t always easy. It requires a fundamental change in the way business is done. What you sell—and what you shouldn’t sell—needs to be clearly considered if success is part of your plan.

  • Project Cycles, Patience And Productivity
    Project Cycles, Patience And Productivity

    Have you ever been responsible for taking a new complex project from inception to completion when time is scarce, you are already responsible for multiple projects and your new project is considered high priority and urgent? If you are like most people, your anxiety level increased after reading the prior sentence. In addition, you might be feeling the urge to speed up to fulfill the challenge of your additional responsibility. Paradoxically, this is the exact opposite of what is called for. When you experience the pressure to speed up, what is actually called for is patience and intentionally slowing down to optimally address six interconnected project stages.

  • The Internet Of Things Is Not The Next Big Thing, It’s THE Thing
    The Internet Of Things Is Not The Next Big Thing, It’s THE Thing

    Seven reasons resellers and MSPs should consider adding IoT solutions to their portfolio.

  • 5 Essential Steps To Adding New MSP Services

    In today’s fast-paced market, MSPs need to anticipate customer demands and stay ahead of, or at least in line with, new technology and trends. One way to ensure this happens is by adding new managed services and keeping existing ones, such as managed security, current. Yet with so many new technologies and business services to choose from, the challenge is less about whether to add new services and more about which services to adopt. If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few pointers to get you going.

  • High Impact Communication: A Three Tier Approach

    High Impact communication is essentially a dance that flows between participants. As in most dances, there might be awkward moments, as one develops a sense of their partner’s style, and more elegant graceful moments, when partners are in the flow of the dance. The inherent skills and mindsets of high impact communication are developed over time through intention, practice and embracing a three tier approach. This approach includes essential skills and mindsets to embody BEFORE, DURING and AFTER the communication.

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MSP WHITE PAPERS

  • GDPR: A Guidebook - Making Sense Of A Complex New Law

    Understanding the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) can be challenging. It’s a complex law with confusing language. Making matters worse, the law has a far reach and prescribes potentially hefty fines for non-compliance. Without understanding the basics of the law, it could be easy to make an unwitting mistake that could cost you.

  • Quarterly Threat Trends: The Service Provider's Look Into The Future

    Who wouldn’t want the ability to see what will happen in the future? Nowhere is this yearning greater than in the world of cybersecurity, where even a small glimpse of future threats could prevent a disastrous and costly breach. The security industry is looking to move beyond reactive mode and be proactive, automating the response to threats and preventing attacks before they happen.

  • The Path to MSSP

    One of the hottest debates in IT service management at the moment is whether or not to pursue “Managed Security Service Provider” (MSSP) status. This is largely caused by a lack of clarity over what the name means, whether it is beneficial to use it, or whether customers are even concerned about the distinction between MSPs and MSSPs. This report defines exactly what an MSSP is and identifies the existing opportunity for those who reach this standard. It also highlights the shortcomings of current service providers and how to overcome them.

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FEATURED SUPPLIERS

  • VIPRE Security
    VIPRE Security

    VIPRE is the highest-rated, award-winning internet security product for channel partners and businesses worldwide. It consistently earns 100% block rates and zero false positives from AV-Comparatives, the world’s most widely-trusted independent antivirus testing authority.

  • Jenne, Inc. / Extreme Networks
    Jenne, Inc. / Extreme Networks

    Jenne, Inc. is a leading value-added distributor of technology products and solutions focusing on voice, video, data networking, premise security and cloud. Jenne is committed to providing value-added resellers, integrators and service providers with a broad product selection, competitive pricing, on-time accurate delivery, outstanding technical support plus ongoing sales and technical training.

  • CompTIA
    CompTIA

    CompTIA is the voice of the world's information technology (IT) industry.

  • HTG Peer Groups
    HTG Peer Groups

    HTG is an international consulting, coaching and peer group organization that cultivates success by igniting personal, leadership, business and legacy transformation. Members navigate their journey with world-class HTG consultants and facilitators who value sharing wisdom, providing accountability and building meaningful relationships, Igniting Transformation™ every step of the way. HTG invites you to explore the program that suits you best, and apply today to begin experiencing The HTG Way.

  • ConnectWise
    ConnectWise
    ConnectWise is the leading business management solution designed exclusively for technology organizations, such as IT solution providers, MSPs, software companies, hardware/software resellers, and System Integrators.  

     

  • SherWeb
    SherWeb

    SherWeb has been helping businesses around the world work smarter in the cloud since 1998. Our cloud solutions help companies be more agile in today’s competitive market and trim IT costs.

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MSP INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • Secure & Document: The Importance Of RMM And PSA Systems In A Post-GDPR World
    Secure & Document: The Importance Of RMM And PSA Systems In A Post-GDPR World

    When an IT incident occurs, two important tools can help tell the story. A remote monitoring and management (RMM) platform tells of what has gone wrong at a customer’s site; a professional services automation (PSA) platform explains what was done to fix the issue. The combination of these two solutions allows MSPs to quickly respond to issues. This is particularly crucial in the case of security incidents that could impact the business and jeopardize compliance with applicable laws, particularly the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

  • GDPR 101: Key Information MSPs Should Know
    GDPR 101: Key Information MSPs Should Know

    With the Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set to be implemented in May 2018, IT consultants and managed services providers (MSPs) have been wondering how the new law will affect them. In many cases, the IT press has treated this new regulation with a mixture of panic and consternation. It certainly makes sense—it’s a new law that requires organizations to step up on their security measures or face potentially hefty fines.

  • Are Businesses Too Confident About Cybersecurity?
    Are Businesses Too Confident About Cybersecurity?

    Businesses have become very confident about their cybersecurity with 87% responding that they are 'confident in their cybersecurity preparedness'. But is that confidence misplaced?

  • Office 365 Users: The Ultimate Danger To Your Company’s Security
    Office 365 Users: The Ultimate Danger To Your Company’s Security

    Office 365 protection features are optional add-ons starting at $3 per user/month. Most SMBs cannot afford the high costs for these features. With a single data protection solution that can back up computers, mobile devices, databases, emails and applications, including Office 365, a company can achieve a higher return on investment (ROI).

  • 15 Tricks To Succeed In Managing Multiple Office 365 Tenants
    15 Tricks To Succeed In Managing Multiple Office 365 Tenants

    A recent survey revealed that it takes a minimum of 13 hours per month to administer an Office 365 tenant with 1 to 50 accounts. If you are a service provider managing more seats than that, the time you spend doing these tasks can quickly get out of hand. Luckily, with a reliable set of procedures, you can make these tasks very easy. To help you out, we have gathered 15 tricks from successful partners who have collectively managed thousands of Office 365 tenants, without any stress.

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