Editor's Notebook

  1. Invest In Your Company By Planning For 2015

    December has always been one of my favorite times of the year. I’ve found it to be a very hectic month in some ways and a quiet one in others.

  2. Social Media Is Major Security Risk Survey Reveals
    A recent global study of 4,000 IT and IT security practitioners sponsored by Websense, a provider of unified web, email, and content security, revealed how much of a concern social media’s threat really can be. I spoke with Tom Clare, senior director of product marketing at Websense, to get some perspective on the problem. By Jay McCall, networking and managed services editor
  3. New Security Vendor Ready To Tackle The U.S. Channel
    One of the great opportunities found within the trade show circuit is the chance for channel businesses to meet and learn more about new vendors in their space. Such is the case this fall, when a new player on the network security front — a vendor that jokingly says it is the largest security company you’ve never heard of — starts to meet and greet with IT businesses at industry events.
  4. 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.

  5. 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.
  6. 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...

  7. Why Blog?
    By Mike Monocello, chief editor
    I recently stumbled upon an article on why magazines should utilize blogging. In the article, the author asked a group of publishers why they blog. While the reasons varied, there was a common response that I think can be applied to VARs. It's this: As a provider of value-added services, you have a responsibility to...
  8. Miss Our SaaS Webinar?
    Did you miss the Business Solutions' Lunch & Learn Webinar on "How VARs and MSPs Can Make Money Using SaaS," which offered real-life, channel-focused advice from Business Solutions magazine's President Jim Roddy and Managed Services Editor Gennifer Biggs and our special guest, BJ Farmer, president of...
  9. Stimulus Money: The Great VAR Opportunity
    By Mike Monocello, chief editor
    I hope you're not overlooking the huge sales opportunity that the economic Stimulus Package provides. Sure, you might think the government vertical is out of your reach. You might be right. You're probably wrong. Let me try to boil this down for you: The money out there is very real. The money has to be spent.
  10. SMB Is All The Rage
    By Gennifer Biggs, security, storage, and managed services editor
    During the CompTIA Breakaway event earlier this month (yes, I am behind on writing this, thanks for reminding me), I sat down with Ingram Micro’s Kirk Robinson, VP and GM of commercial markets, and Jason Bystrak, sales director for the services division, to talk about a new Ingram Micro initiative — its refreshed and expanded focus on SMB.