Seven Managed Services Blog Entries MSPmentor Didn't Write: Jan. 14

Seven Managed Services Blog Entries MSPmentor Didn't Write: Jan. 14

M&A activity continues strong in the managed services market. We're still chasing details about a few managed services deals. But as usual some potential blog entries fell through the cracks. So, here are seven managed services blog entries the MSPmentor staff didn't have time to write for the week ending January 14, 2011.

7. Got Momentum? OS33, a cloud-based IT platform for managed services providers, says its partner program grew 60 percent -- but I'm not sure what time period the growth rate covers.

6. Hi-Def Video, Big Discounts: Tata Communications is offering discounted access to selected Telepresence rooms, including one located in New York's Times Square. The 50-percent-off promotion runs through January 31, 2011. Just book the telepresence session using the conference code "Times Square." I wonder; Does this mean demand for telepresence rooms is a bit soft? Or is Tata using the old "If you see it you'll believe it" strategy to build telepresence buzz -- and telepresence demand?

5. Money Matters: "A significant number of enterprises are willing to spend large portions of their IT budgets - between 10 percent and 20 percent - on network-centric managed services, as operators and vendors continue to prove the value and reliability of their offerings." That quote comes from a new Pyramid Research report. I haven't read the report and I'm not familiar with Pyramid. But the statistics don't surprise me. When I hosted CIO-centric conferences a decade ago, CIOs often told me network-centric tasks were the first items they'd outsource.

4. Migrating South: I'll be in Tampa on January 19 getting multiple updates from ConnectWise. I'm also curious to learn more about a few managers at the company -- particularly CTO Linda Catrett Brotherton. Got questions for ConnectWise? Feel free to email me (joe [at] NineLivesMediaInc [dot] com) or post a comment.

3. What's the Difference?: A few readers have asked me to describe how the MSPmentor 100 and Talkin' Cloud 50 research efforts differ from one another. There certainly are some similarities: Both efforts focus mostly on recurring revenues.

However...

  • The MSPmentor 100 survey focuses heavily on recurring revenues from remote device and remote user management, with some SaaS and cloud mixed in. The fourth-annual MSPmentor 100 list will be unveiled during a February 16 Webcast. And the complete list and research report will be posted February 17 on MSPmentor.
  • The Talkin' Cloud 50 focuses 100 percent on VAR and MSP revenues from cloud-centric services and cloud-centric IT projects (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS, private cloud, public cloud). The survey deadline is March 31, 2011. Results will be announced in Q2 2011.
2. Back to School: Over the past couple of years, I've seen Kaseya marketing to the education vertical. The I spotted a Google Alert indicating that the Indiana Area School Board has approved a budget that includes roughly $27,000 worth of Kaseya's Enterprise Edition desktop management software. I realize Kaseya sells direct into a lot of colleges, universities and K-12 school districts. But I wonder if VARs and MSPs are fighting for their piece of the pie in the education sector? In my home town on Long Island, I've heard from a Cisco-centric MSP that's winning recurring business with a number of colleges, thanks to a new NOC that monitors data, voice and video traffic...

1.  Here They Come: I'm trying to sort through a list of Channel Events to attend in Q1 2011. Feeling a little overwhelmed to say the least. Maybe if I hide in my home office long enough the list will sort itself out. If you're heading on the road soon please look me up. Chances are the MSPmentor team may be at the same event...

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Thanks for reading. I know I write that line all the time. But it's sincere. Blogging on MSPmentor offers me a nice break from, um, blogging on The VAR Guy and TalkinCloud. Kidding aside, the Nine Lives Media Inc. team appreciates your decision to swing by, read our sites and engage in discussion.

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