Managed Services: 7 Blogs MSPmentor Didn't Write, Feb. 17

Managed Services: 7 Blogs MSPmentor Didn't Write, Feb. 17

Here's one final thank you to every managed services provider that participated in our MSPmentor 100 survey. Without the data you supplied, there's no way we could have produced this year's MSP 100 report, global lists and regional lists. You'll find those results here. Now, let's take a look at seven managed services blogs and MSP news stories that the MSPmentor team didn't have a chance to write for the week ending Feb. 17, 2012.

7. Next Moves: Does ConnectWise Capital have more money to invest? How are the existing investments working out? And who within the halls of ConnectWise works with CEO Arnie Bellini and President David Bellini on the ConnectWise Capital effort? Lots of answers emerging. Blog to follow soon.

6. He Still Knows How to Sell: Mike Cooch, formerly the CEO of a well-known MSP, is a master at email subject lines. One of Cooch's current projects is a business called Selling Technology Services. An email subject line from him this week: "The #1 Key to My Success as an MSP." Of course I had to open it.

5. More BDR Moves: Zenith Infotech, as MSPmentor expected, has released upgrades to its Backup and Disaster Recovery platform, called the Zenith BDR-G12. Seems like BDR has now matched RMM and PSA as the top three-letter acronym in the managed services market. More thoughts on that next week.

4. Everything Old Is Cool Again: The word "outsourcing" triggered plenty of negative connotations during the recession. But I think the term is coming back into vogue -- in a good way. Time permitting, I'll be sure to cover this soon.

3. Worth Watching: Keep an eye on Live Virtual Help Desk. Interesting strategies emerging...

2. More Deals Coming, Part A: A certain MSPmentor 100 company recently acquired a cloud services provider with VDI (virtual desktop integration) capabilities. Next up, that MSPmentor 100 company is preparing to buy another company. Details expected in March 2012 or sooner.

1. More Deals Coming, Part B: It sounds like All Covered is set to acquire roughly two to three more MSPs within the next few weeks. But don't call it a traditional roll-up strategy. All Covered sounds like it's implementing best practices across its acquired MSP base. More thoughts on this soon...

Bonus Thought: If you want to learn how top VARs and MSPs market their businesses, find a way to get invited to the annual Cisco Partner Velocity event. Velocity is not Cisco's core partner summit. Instead, the Partner Velocity conference focuses 100 percent on business marketing and social media strategies. I plan to surface there in two weeks...

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