Managed Services: Seven Blogs MSPmentor Didn't Write

Managed Services: Seven Blogs MSPmentor Didn't Write

After a restful vacation I've surfaced at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2012 (WPC12). I'm currently seated within a Windows Intune demonstration, and also tracking Microsoft's new Office 365 Open billing strategy for partners. But... MSPmentor didn't have time to cover a range of managed services news and trends over the past week or so. Hence, here are seven blogs MSPmentor didn't write for the week ending July 6, 2012.

7. WPC12 Road Trip: I spent Saturday and Sunday with Level Platforms' Dave Sobel (a former MSP) and Five Nines CEO Nick Bock (a current MSP). We took a roadtrip from JFK International Airport (New York) to the National Baseball Hall of Fame (Cooperstown, N.Y.) and Niagara Falls before heading over to WPC12.

The trip involved plenty of fireworks... or did you fail to see the burning car? Plenty more stories to follow.

6. Did You Arrive, Arlin?: HTG Peer Group Founder Arlin Sorensen got delayed/stuck in Detroit amid trip to WPC12. Haven't had a chance to get an update but hoping Sorensen is now in the house here in Toronto.

5. Who Skipped WPC12?: Several managed services provider (MSP) software companies chose to skip WPC12 because previous Microsoft Partner Summits didn't attract too many MSPs. Here's the challenge: During a Windows Intune session today, I suspect more than 100 MSPs were in the room. But there are 16,000 attendees at WPC12, meaning that MSPs are a small slice of the massive population here.

4. Windows Tablet Sales: A Samsung tablet executive told me that the company's Windows Slate tablets are selling stronger than expected. In fact, sales are exceeding supplies because of strong vertical market demand. I don't have exact sales stats but The VAR Guy, our sister site, will follow-up with a blog soon.

3. Next Conference Stop: Next week there are at least two key conferences MSPs should track. First up: HostingCon. Next: Schnizzfest hosted by TruMethods.

2. MSPs With Software Development Teams: That's the growing trend. Savvy MSPs are organizing some software development and application integration expertise. Much of the effort involves SQL Server and Microsoft Dynamics, but the MSPs are also keeping an eye on the Windows Azure cloud. I heard this chatter multiple times at WPC.

1. Complete Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2012 (WPC12) News Coverage: You'll find it at the following three URLs...

That's all for now. Our live coverage of WPC12 continues throughout the week... before we head off to HostingCon and then Schnizzfest.
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