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  • Conversations On The Cloud: A Report From Ingram Cloud Summit X
    Conversations On The Cloud: A Report From Ingram Cloud Summit X

    Gavriella Schuster, VP commercial partnership at Microsoft helped kick off Ingram’s Cloud Summit X in San Diego this week in front of more than 1,500 attendees with an abbreviated history of the IT channel and the rapid change it’s seeing of late. She focused those comments in the context of the cloud’s impact on a channel that’s looked pretty static for the past 40 years.

Thoma Bravo Buys ConnectWise, Bellini Stepping Down

Arnie Bellini is stepping down from the role he forged back in 1988, when he transitioned ConnectWise—then a managed services practice—into a business management platform for tech service providers. Under Bellini’s guidance as CEO and in the 31 years since, ConnectWise grew into an IT channel powerhouse that serves more than 25,000 partners in 65+ countries.

What VARs & MSPs Can Learn From The Trump Campaign’s IT Provider

The Wall Street Journal’s homepage on January 17 featured a headline that included the words “IT Firm.” VARs and MSPs take note: a fellow solutions provider is caught up in a nasty, politically-charged debate being litigated on a national scale. Obviously, your clients are not paying you in large sums of cash handed over in plastic Wal-Mart bags. This story is preposterous in so many ways, and it’s far outside the realm of what’s normal for how VARs and MSPs operate. As absurd as the entire situation might be, this story does raise a few legitimate questions about IT service provider business models that are worth rehashing.

VARs: What Is Your Plan B?

Getting to Plan B: Breaking Through to a Better Business Model is a must-read for leaders in the channel who come from a tech background and not from a business background. Here are some of the top takeaways for VARs.

Client Security Training: Partnership Drives The Opportunity

In a sweeping interview for Channel Executive Magazine, seasoned IT executive and SRC Technologies President and CEO BJ Havlik shared the wisdom behind his new-solution onboarding philosophy. In doing so, he zeroed in directly on the relatively new client IT security training opportunity.

GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • Transitioning From Break-Fix To Managed Services: Shifting The Mindset
    Transitioning From Break-Fix To Managed Services: Shifting The Mindset

    Gone are the days of simply fixing your clients’ tech and waiting for the next frantic phone call. With the state of technology today, your clients can’t afford even a hint of downtime. For many businesses, this means that the break-fix model is no longer a viable solution for providing the necessary level of consistency and reliability customers need. Managed service providers (MSPs), on the other hand, are all about that consistency.

  • Transitioning From Break-Fix To Managed Services: Sales & Marketing
    Transitioning From Break-Fix To Managed Services: Sales & Marketing

    Transitioning from the break-fix business model to managed services might feel like an entirely different ball game. That’s because it likely is. But now that you have the right MSP mindset in place, it’s time to address the sales and marketing components. For managed service providers (MSPs), having a sales and marketing strategy isn’t optional. It’s critical. Both your sales and marketing help build brand awareness, facilitate long-term customer relationships, and drive growth in your business. Let’s take a deeper look.

  • Now Is The Time To Move From Break-Fix To Managed Services
    Now Is The Time To Move From Break-Fix To Managed Services

    Pretty much all segments of the IT service industry are growing, and projected to continue to do so for the next several years. When things are going well, it can be tough to convince yourself to go through the trouble of shifting your business model. But if you’re doing a lot of break-fix, it might be time to explore a transition to managed services. Here’s why.

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VAR WHITE PAPERS

  • The Complete Guide To Online Backup

    Have you lost your way reselling cloud backup services? This guide is for you. For every MSP, offering Backup as a Service is a guarantee for success. It helps build strong relationships with clients, Increase customer retention and make sustainable revenue. This guide contains marketing, sales and technical information to build a perfect Backup as a Service offer.

  • Online Backup Active Protection: Fighting Back Against Ransomware

    In early 2018, there were 542 identified ransomware families. That number is still growing! Do not wait for ransomware to get in the door, protect your systems and data now. Online Backup Active Protection is the only solution that fights back against ransomware instantly.

  • The Ultimate Guide To Reselling Microsoft 365 Business

    Looking for a new solution that will help your small business clients protect their data and boost your revenue at the same time? According to YouGov and Microsoft, 71% of cyber criminals target small businesses. This eBook will show you why Microsoft 365 Business is your best bet. You will learn what Microsoft 365 Business really is, why you should resell Microsoft 365 and how to pitch the solution to your clients.

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FEATURED SUPPLIERS

  • 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.  

     

  • Taylor Business Group
    Taylor Business Group

    Taylor Business Group is an executive coaching and peer group firm that focuses on IT Solution Providers and Copier Dealers. Founded in 2001, Taylor has brought efficiencies and higher profits to IT Solution Providers through a focused effort in delivering best practices to the Service Provider and Copier Dealer's service, sales and administrative functions.

  • IT Glue
    IT Glue

    IT Glue is an award-winning documentation platform that allows for efficient storage and retrieval of all the documentation you need to help your MSP run better. By integrating PSA and RMM data, we can help increase your efficiency, and reduce onboarding times by even more. By eliminating wasted time from your business, IT Glue gives you more time to focus on what matters - growing your business.

  • The ASCII Group
    The ASCII Group

    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.

  • BlueStar, Inc.
    BlueStar, Inc.

    We at BlueStar, along with our mobility vendors and ISV partners, believe that offering the right tools, solutions, and education we can build a strong foundation for our partners selling and implementing mobility solutions.

  • EVO Payments
    EVO Payments

    EVO Payments, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVOP) is a leading payment technology and services provider. We offer an array of innovative, reliable, and secure payment solutions to merchants ranging from small and mid-size enterprises to multinational companies and organizations across North America and Europe.

INDUSTRY PARTNERS AND ASSOCIATIONS

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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • The Best Resellers Are Focusing On Their Customers’ Success
    The Best Resellers Are Focusing On Their Customers’ Success

    While having the latest technology and high-end hardware is important, today’s most successful resellers are looking beyond their expertise and are aiming to align their business model and sales strategy with the success of their customers.

  • How To Manage Millennials In The IT Workforce
    How To Manage Millennials In The IT Workforce

    I often hear complaints about Millennials in the workforce. Much of what is said is negative in character and sometimes outright derogatory. Have you heard any of these? Millennials don’t have a work ethic. Millennials care only about themselves. Maybe you’re lucky if they show up for work.

    As a tail end baby boomer, I subscribed to some of this thinking as well. They didn’t fit my mold or expectations so obviously they are tough to deal with. I would like to propose something that may not be as obvious…maybe we are the problem.

  • How To Use Public Speaking To Build Your MSP Brand And Bring On New Clients – Even If You Are Terrified Of Speaking
    How To Use Public Speaking To Build Your MSP Brand And Bring On New Clients – Even If You Are Terrified Of Speaking

    Learn the key differences between "Speaking to Present" and "Speaking to Sell" as well as beginner mistakes to avoid.

  • Where To Start Your Documentation Journey
    Where To Start Your Documentation Journey

    You know developing a documentation rhythm will benefit you, but with so much to document, where do you start? We get it. You’re swamped with information and data, and it’s all important for different reasons. That’s why we’ve developed 6 steps to get you started, and mastering, your documentation.

  • Use Templates For Documentation Success
    Use Templates For Documentation Success

    Does documentation ever seem like a daunting task that’s missing a clear starting point? We get it. With so much crucial information to document, it can be difficult to nail down how to do it. However, the key to mastering your documentation is to first master the use of documentation templates. Not only is a documentation template going to increase company-wide consistency and save you a ton of time, but it’s going to help you get started.

  • Looking Beyond PCI Compliance: More Ways To Increase Security
    Looking Beyond PCI Compliance: More Ways To Increase Security

    In the past few years, there has been a significant effort to curb debit and credit card fraud, especially through the integration of mobile and EMV payment processing. However, while these platforms tend to be effective shields against bogus payments, merchants should still seek to do more when it comes to ensuring they and their customers aren’t hit by fraud on a regular basis.

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FEATURED PRODUCTS

  • Flip-Top Cash Drawer
    Flip-Top Cash Drawer

    APG's Flip-Top Cash Drawer significantly reduces twisting and bending to access the drawer. it saves space, decreases transaction times and improves service, as the cashier need not turn away from the customer.

  • Series 4000 Cash Drawer
    Series 4000 Cash Drawer

    Exceeding customer and industry expectations, the Series 4000 is the ultimate heavy-duty cash drawer. Unmatched durability along with flexible storage space, and various sizing, color and customized options, these features make the Series 4000 another reason for APG’s reputation as the preferred choice.

  • Finance And Accounting
    Finance And Accounting

    Using Proven Accounting Principles to Help Resolve Financial Challenges.

  • Service Organization: Toolset And Process Optimization
    Service Organization: Toolset And Process Optimization

    Good processes support your team, not stifle them, enabling them to operate at their highest levels.  This is doubly true for managed service providers, where operational efficiency and effectiveness are critical to client retention, team retention, and profitability.

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