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Dan Berthiaume


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SMB Cloud Hosting Trends Benefit MSPs

SMBs are heavily investing in both cloud technology in general and hosted cloud services in particular, with MSPs poised to reap advantages in several ways.

The Managed Security Opportunity at Small Business

A significant shift appears to be occurring in how SMBs view security technology. According to a new report from IDC, instead of taking their traditional viewpoint of security being a necessity that should only be deployed to a minimum standard, SMBs are now looking at security as an enabler of other value-adding technologies.

Microsoft Study: Cloud Improves Security for Small Business

Microsoft Study: Cloud Improves Security for Small Business

The varied benefits cloud computing offers SMBs have been cited many times by many people: increased flexibility, reduced overhead, extended accessibility of applications and data. However, a new survey of SMBs in the US and Asia by Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) shows another benefit cloud services can deliver to SMBs: improved security. The Microsoft study reveals a number […]

The SMB Mobile Web Site Opportunity for MSPs

The SMB Mobile Web Site Opportunity for MSPs

In what seems to be a situation tailor-made for MSPs, a majority of SMBs with less than 100 employees want to leverage mobile marketing, but lack the time and resources to effectively do so. A new survey of these smaller SMBs from Web.com shows about seven in 10 (69 percent) say mobile marketing is key […]

The Scary State of SMB Disaster Recovery Plans

The Scary State of SMB Disaster Recovery Plans

SMBs plan to adopt server virtualization at a much faster pace than their enterprise peers this year, according to the 2012 Global Disaster Recovery Index from Acronis, a provider of disaster recovery/data protection technology for SMBs. However, potential security risks related to server virtualization, as well as SMB trends relating to cloud computing, offsite backup […]

Small Business and Big Data: The Opportunity for MSPs

Small Business and Big Data: The Opportunity for MSPs

Last fall, I wrote how the trend of Big Data – huge, almost unmanageable volumes of data that large enterprises collect via social media, internet, mobile devices, sensing technologies and other means, is impacting data storage trends in the SMB sector (i.e., a likely increase in cloud-based storage among SMBs). However, once that Big Data […]

What the JOBS Act Means for MSPs

What the JOBS Act Means for MSPs

Critics who call President Obama “anti-business” may need to reconsider that assessment in light of the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act he signed earlier this month. The bipartisan legislative package is intended to increase capital formation, accelerate the growth of startups and entrepreneurial ventures, and ease the process for privately held SMBs to go […]

How MSPs Can Relieve IT Administrators’ Job-Related Stress

How MSPs Can Relieve IT Administrators’ Job-Related Stress

Stress is an undeniable fact of the modern workplace, and is often especially felt in the IT world. IT administrators face long hours, multiple demands, unexpected problems, and the knowledge that one small glitch can cause catastrophic results. Add in the fact that IT administrators essentially report to everyone in the company and you have […]

Providing SMBs with an Onshore Alternative

Providing SMBs with an Onshore Alternative

The trend toward offshoring business services jobs in the United States is not going away anytime soon, and will in fact accelerate during the next few years. This is the main finding of a new study from The Hackett Group, which indicates that businesses based in both the United States and Europe will shed almost […]

SMBs and Tax Time: A Look at Managed Accounting Services

SMBs and Tax Time: A Look at Managed Accounting Services

As tax season winds down (or should be winding down for everyone who completed their forms on time), the heavy focus many businesses have placed on accounting will turn elsewhere. But access to quality accounting services is something every business, particularly SMBs who need to save every dime they can, needs to make a priority […]

IT Spending Outlook: American Small and Midsized Business

IT Spending Outlook: American Small and Midsized Business

Overall IT spending by American SMBs with fewer than 1,000 employees will exceed $138 billion this year, according to new estimates from IDC. While packaged software and PCs will represent the largest share of this spend, the midsized (100-999 employees) portion of the SMB market in particular will also show strong spending in IT services. […]

How MSPs Can Mitigate the SMB Mobile Device Risk

How MSPs Can Mitigate the SMB Mobile Device Risk

Mobile devices provide SMBs with substantial benefits in terms of lower overhead costs, ease of extending the corporate network, and allowing employees greater flexibility in when and where they work. However, as indicated by newly released results of a study from mobile security provider Mobilisafe, mobile devices also expose SMBs to some severe risks. The study, […]

Finding Managed Services Opportunity in SMB Optimism

Finding Managed Services Opportunity in SMB Optimism

American SMBs are optimistic about the next six months, with plans for increased hiring, sales and capital spending. A new survey from PNC indicates an upbeat outlook on sales will prompt nearly one in three US small business-owners to add employees during the next six months as their optimism returns to positive levels unseen since […]

Small Businesses Face Sophisticated Scams

Small Businesses Face Sophisticated Scams

Online and email scams are nothing new, and most SMBs long ago implemented at least rudimentary antivirus and antispam filters to help protect against hidden viruses, phony emails and the like. However, a new report from SMB security specialist GFI Software demonstrates that internet scammers are employing highly sophisticated methods that in many cases may require […]

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