Seven Managed Services Blogs MSPmentor Didn't Write, Sept. 28

Seven Managed Services Blogs MSPmentor Didn't Write, Sept. 28

Say goodbye to Q3 2012. Monday marks the start of Q4 for most businesses. And so far, it sounds like the managed services provider (MSP) market is performing well in 2012. A case in point: Most of the MSPs at this week's GFI Max conference in New Orleans were talking about growth rather than survival. But what else went on this week? Here are seven managed services blogs and MSP news stories the MSPmentor team didn't have a chance to write for the week ending Sept. 28, 2012.

7. Business Milestone: LabTech Software has sold 2 million nodes to MSPs over the past 24 months. That's an impressive figure considering the company really wasn't on anybody's radar a couple years ago. I've pinged LabTech with a few follow up questions to get a better feel for its market penetration, especially as it relates to sister company ConnectWise's installed base as well as the broader MSP market.

6. Microsoft and Managed Services: I had a call with a Microsoft Hyper-V partner this morning. He's been speaking with Microsoft about the managed services market and the need for all of Microsoft's software to plug into ConnectWise and Level Platforms. Very interesting conversation. More details next week.

5. Partnering Up: Naverisk, an RMM and Service Desk provider, has partnered up with Bitdefender to offer MSPs cloud security for endpoints.

4. PSA and Sales Quoting: We've all seen growing synergies between PSA software and sales quoting tools. But while reading a recent Promys blog, I noticed the company's tagline mentions integrated quoting for PSA software. That caught my attention and I'm seeking to learn more.

3. Movin' On Up: N-able Technologies has promoted Mike Cullen to senior VP of worldwide sales and Frank Colletti to VP of sales. Apparently, MSPs like what Cullen and Colletti are selling. The company says its N-central platform for MSPs has a 96 percent retention rate for maintenance and support renewals.

2. Two M&A Deals: outsourceIT, an MSPmentor 100 and Talkin' Cloud 100 company, has quietly merged with Sage Solutions, an MSP in Washington, D.C. We've got the details. More soon. Separately, Dell has completed its buyout of Quest Software -- which includes the PacketTrap PSA and RMM platforms. Why did Dell really buy Quest? The VAR Guy gave answers to readers here.

1. The MSPmentor 100: The sixth-annual survey is set to launch really, really soon. Stay tuned to our MSPmentor 100 center. We'll use the survey results to identify the world's top MSPs. Details soon.

Thanks for reading MSPmentor. And thanks to GFI Max conference attendees who grabbed my ear this week. It was great to meet, shake hands and learn about your business.

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