Editor's Notebook

  1. Top Channel Tweets — July 17, 2013

    Here are some interesting, inspiring, and informative tweets from the channel this week.

  2. CompTIA ChannelCon Offers Ideas, Tools, Connections To Grow Your Business

    CompTIA ChannelCon 2013 attendees will find a number of new topics, programs — and even a new format — at the July 29-31 event in Orlando, FL. “The great thing about ChannelCon is that you never get the same thing two years in a row,” says Kelly Ricker, CompTIA’s VP for events and education. She added that the vendor-neutral conference is unique, bringing people together from all sectors of the IT channel with a focus on education and partnering.

  3. Weekly Healthcare IT News for VARs — July 16, 2013

    Business Solutions searched recent headlines for news of interest to VARs serving clients in the healthcare industry.

  4. Quick Tip For Managed Services Noobs

    The following might seem basic, but to those readers who are new to or just getting started with their managed services practice, it could be valuable advice. In our upcoming May issue, we interviewed Dan Wilson, president and CEO of Waypoint Solutions Group, a managed services provider that has 70% of its customers on a flat-fee managed services plan and is projecting 29% revenue growth this year.

  5. Where MSPs Go To Grow: IT Nation 2011
    Last week’s IT Nation show was the perfect event to mark my return to covering the channel. One thing that stood out to me right away about this show is that the attendees were there to learn and grow their businesses. This was not a lifestyle-VAR-friendly event. By Jay McCall, networking and managed services editor
  6. Marketing Tips From The Trenches
    A common question from solutions providers is not technology related, but rather about marketing the products they have ID’d for the portfolio. At the Zenith InfoTech Cloud Summit held in Pittsburgh this week, a group of Zenith partners presented tips and tricks for their peers. By Gennifer Biggs, security, storage, and managed services editor
  7. Social Media - Getting Started With Minimal Effort

    By Mike Monocello, chief editor
    One of the most common objections I hear regarding the adoption of social media is lack of time. Indeed, if you already have a full plate, how are you supposed to make time for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and blogging? Unfortunately, this isn’t an article on where you can find the 25th hour of the day. The fact is, to participate in social media, you’ve got to make the time. However, the amount of time you need to devote might be less than you’d expect.

  8. Five Tips For Writing A Successful Blog
    By Mike Monocello, chief editor
    During the recent RSPA Inspire winter conference, speaker Brian Offenberger shared five tips to success with social media. While the tips apply to any form of social media, they really apply well to blogging.
  9. What’s The First Step Into The Cloud? Virtualization, Baby
    Join us for this free webinar and learn how to take the first step into the cloud at 4 p.m. ET, on Thursday, Sept. 15
  10. Webinar: Building The Right Team

    This month's Business Solutions' Lunch & Learn Webinar Series will focus on: "Building The Right Team: Advice For VARs and MSPs." Join us on Thursday, Sept. 17, 1 to 2 p.m. ET, for this free webinar that will offer advice on ways you can build the right team – and the appropriate “corporate...