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  • Sorensen Named RSPA W2W Leader Of The Year
    Sorensen Named RSPA W2W Leader Of The Year

    The work my friend and colleague Abby Sorensen put into the IT Channel is paying dividends even after she shifted her focus to the greater software business community. Last week at its RetailNOW event, the Retail Solutions Providers Association’s Women-to-Women (W2W) Committee named her its 2018 Leader Of The Year. Committee Chair and business owner Kelli Stewart, owner/operations manager at Advanced Data Systems, bestowed the honors from the mainstage.

HTG Peer Groups Is Now IT Nation Evolve

At the top of the New Year, ConnectWise and HTG Peer Groups collaboratively announced that the former was acquiring the latter. Among the HTG associate, member, and greater MSP communities, the news incited a lot of speculation about the future of the HTG empire led by Arlin Sorensen and family. This week, the speculation was put to rest. HTG is now IT Nation Evolve, a new brand that reflects the Arnie Bellini-inspired ConnectWise flavor of channel community building.

Why Every POS VAR Should Read “Built To Last”

The technologies VARs sell and the services VARs provide change drastically in short periods of time, and it takes persistence to evolve your business to keep up. That’s why Built To Last is a must-read for VARs.

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.

GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • Everything You Need To Know About Phishing
    Everything You Need To Know About Phishing

    Low-tech security strategies are a vital part of protecting customers from email-borne threats.

  • 9 Proactive Security Best Practices For MSPs
    9 Proactive Security Best Practices For MSPs

    For MSPs, the traditional approach to cybersecurity focuses on defense and prevention, but as cybercriminals get bolder and more sophisticated, that’s no longer enough. What’s needed is a proactive security posture that MSPs can enforce with their clients using these nine best practices.

  • 8 Tips For Building Stronger, More Profitable Vendor Relationships
    8 Tips For Building Stronger, More Profitable Vendor Relationships

    For many resellers, vendor relationships don’t extend much beyond the contract signing and some initial training. That may be fine for some product lines, but if you aren’t fostering a closer working relationship with a vendor, you’re probably leaving money on the table.

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VAR 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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FEATURED SUPPLIERS

  • Global Technology Systems, Inc.
    Global Technology Systems, Inc.

    Global Technology Systems is the trusted expert in mobile power technology. GTS designs and manufactures high-performance batteries, chargers, and power management technologies for essential mobile devices. Millions of business professionals, public safety, government, and military worldwide rely on GTS to power mission critical communications and mobile computing applications. Founded in 2000, GTS is headquartered in Framingham, MA.

  • Barracuda MSP
    Barracuda MSP

    At Barracuda MSP, our mission is to drive the success of our IT service provider partners, delivering industry-leading security and data protection via a purpose-built MSP platform, steadfast commitment to partner success, and a wealth of channel expertise.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Shift4 Payments
    Shift4 Payments

    Shif4 Payments is a leading national provider of touch-screen point of sale (POS) systems and payment processing services. As pioneers of the "as a service" model, Shif4 Payments offers an unprecedented "free" POS program that allows the company's sales partners to offer a full-featured POS system with no up-front costs.

  • CompTIA
    CompTIA

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

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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • Managed Services Operating Model: Top Tips To Start Business
    Managed Services Operating Model: Top Tips To Start Business

    Whether you want to start your own business as a managed service provider or you already run a small company providing IT services, you may find yourself at a crossroads trying to identify the best operating model and the steps you need to do immediately to get everything running. The aim of this article is to offer an introduction to two main types of MSP operating models and give you some practical advice on MSP business management.

  • 3 Secrets To Customer Loyalty And Retention For Managed IT Providers
    3 Secrets To Customer Loyalty And Retention For Managed IT Providers

    It is a well-known fact that the cost of acquiring new customers for managed service providers is several times higher than the cost of retaining existing ones. If you keep your clients happy in the long-term, and if you provide them with reliable services and great IT support, there will be no reason for them to leave you, and thus they will continue regular payouts. 

  • Balancing ISV And Vendor Customer Support
    Balancing ISV And Vendor Customer Support

    Delivering a positive customer support experience is a must for any business looking to keep customers for the long term. For POS ISVs who maintain relationships with multiple hardware vendors, this can get tricky because it requires tight coordination with the partners.

  • Running Fast, Effective Meetings In 4 Steps
    Running Fast, Effective Meetings In 4 Steps

    How about a quick show of virtual hands — who loves meetings? Immortalized in countless movies, poorly run meetings are the bane of anyone’s work day. Many meetings — even in small business — are boring, ineffective, and wasteful. The good news is we can fix this, together.

  • Parsing The Distinction Between AI & Machine Learning
    Parsing The Distinction Between AI & Machine Learning

    AI and ML are not the same thing. Marketing campaigns and news articles oftentimes confuse people into thinking that they are—and my insistence on clarifying their nuance might be overkill—but I think it’s important to know the difference so you can understand how each can help make cybersecurity stronger.

  • 3 Cyber Threats IT Providers Should Protect Against
    3 Cyber Threats IT Providers Should Protect Against

    With cybercrime damages set to cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021, a new bar has been set for cybersecurity teams across industries to defend their assets. This rings especially true for IT service providers, who are entrusted to keep their clients’ systems and IT environments safe from cybercriminals. These clients are typically small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), which are now the primary target of cyberattacks. This presents a major opportunity for the managed service providers (MSPs) who serve them to emerge as the cybersecurity leaders their clients rely on to help them successfully navigate the threat landscape.

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FEATURED PRODUCTS

  • Sales Transformation Program
    Sales Transformation Program

    How MSPs Can Build A Formidable and Scalable Sales Engine.

  • Barracuda Intronis Backup - MSP
    Barracuda Intronis Backup - MSP

    Offer value to your customers by protecting what matters most, while creating new opportunities to expand your margins and grow your business.

  • Webroot SecureAnywhere™ DNS Protection

    Stop malware before it enters your network.

  • 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.

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