Managed Services: 7 Blogs MSPmentor Didn't Write, Jan. 6

Managed Services: 7 Blogs MSPmentor Didn't Write, Jan. 6

We're six days into the New Year. I'm caught in a technology paradox -- still feeling optimistic but also feeling a little burned out. Perhaps I'm just tired of chasing this week's merger and acquisition news in the managed services market. Either way, here are seven managed services blogs and MSP news stories MSPmentor's team didn't have a chance to write for the week ending January 6, 2012.

7. Managed Database Services: I seem to recall some CompTIA research suggesting managed database services are a hot opportunity. Yet I think most MSPs overlook this particular niche. One exception: MiCORE is providing managed Oracle database services to eOriginal, a technology company in Baltimore.

6. No Cause for Alarm: A few MSPs called me about McAfee Channel Chief Alex Thurber's surprise resignation. They wondered if McAfee's MSP and cloud services strategies are set to change. My sources say "don't worry." Thurber is heading to a new gig, apparently, but those who are still at McAfee are committed to the existing partner programs.

5. All Covered In the House?: Konica Minolta is set to host an "Inspire Customer Passion" conference (Jan. 15-18, Las Vegas). I wonder if All Covered, the MSP that Konica Minolta acquired, will be on hand to offer strategy updates? Side note: Check The VAR Guy's updated list of the Top 100 Channel Partner Conferences of 2012 here.

4. Opening Its Eyes: Channel Eyes, the social media network for channel partners, is set for a pilot preview launch on January 12. Here's the background.

3. New Headquarters: Last I heard, ConnectWise and LabTech Software were set to move into a new Tampa headquarters in early 2012. Gotta double-check the dates...

2. On the Mark: Earlier this week, MSPmentor suggested that Microsoft's cloud services and managed services teams (particularly Windows Intune) would reach out to MSP industry coaches for help. It sounds like TruMethods President Gary Pica is confirmed to participate -- or perhaps lead? -- a webinar series with Microsoft really soon.

1. Big Deal Coming: MSPmentor expects another MSP to announce a merger or acquisition deal within the next five to 10 business days. One of the alleged companies involved is an MSPmentor 100 organization.

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