Jay Ferron, CIO of Interactive Security Training, LLC, started off the second day of the ASCII Success Summit — Rhode Island being held October 13 to 14 at the Hyatt Regency Newport. Ferron’s presentation, MSP Security Growth, From Start To Smart, focused on the security space — particularly delivering best practices and building constant service revenue.
The year’s final ASCII Success Summit kicked off October 13 at the Hyatt Regency Newport in Newport, RI with ASCII President Jerry Koutavas presenting Opportunity Hacking: Finding New Business Online Through Set Processes. Koutavas spoke about how most companies fail to discover opportunities beyond their normal sales activities and offered advice on how to increase the chance of finding and closing new business through a variety of creative, insightful methods and processes shared by fellow ASCII Group IT provider community members.
The ASCII Group, founded in 1984, is the oldest and largest group of independent information technology solution providers, integrators, managed service providers (MSPs), and value added resellers (VARs). Started by Alan Weinberger, ASCII originally consisted of 40 independent software retailers that decided to join together as a buying group and pay monthly fees to support their organization, in turn supporting each other and their programs for mutual benefit.
Session addresses the worth of individual lives for business decision-makers. By Christine Kern, contributing writer
Three successful managed services providers (MSPs) detailed how The ASCII Group has benefitted their businesses during a lively panel discussion at Business Solutions’ Channel Transitions Conference June 2 in Philadelphia.
Jeff “Skunk” Baxter wasn’t involved with any bombs during his days as a founding member of Steely Dan or his five-year run with the Doobie Brothers, however — at least since the mid-1980s — his life has been filled with them. Wait, let me explain. Baxter, 67, closed the ASCII Success Summit held in Milwaukee, WI by discussing his transition from Doobie Brother to national security expert. That’s right; the long-time musician with eight platinum records to his credit (he’s been performing since 1968) has become one of the national-security world’s most well-known counterterrorism experts. In this role, Baxter helps both policy makers and defense contractors better understand the way terrorists think and plan attacks.
I can’t keep up with Karl Palachuk. Recognized in our channel as a managed services pioneer and the owner of solution provider advisor Small Biz Thoughts, Palachuk dispensed an avalanche of wisdom today at the ASCII Success Summit in Milwaukee, so much that I couldn’t capture it all.
Datto Vice President of Business Development Rob Rae said to forget about acts of God and focus on continuity if you want channel success during his presentation at the ASCII Success Summit in Milwaukee, WI. “Backup means fires, floods, tornados, and hurricanes,” Rae said. “Most people think acts of God won’t happen to them, so stop selling backup and start selling continuity.”
“The MSP market is growing, changing from a first generation MSP to second generation MSP,” said Kelly O’Bray, Global Community Manager at LOGICnow, who presented expert market analysis before a packed house at the ASCII Success Summit in Milwaukee, WI. As a result of this growth, MSPs now have more predictability of service, budget reliability, and better control of resources.
At the ASCII Success Summit in Milwaukee today, C.J. Ezell, CEO of managed services provider PointClear Networks, gave an encore performance of his 2015 ASCII presentation titled “Adding Dental Integration To Your Managed Services Practice.”