Seven Managed Services Blog Entries We Didn't Write: Feb. 26

Seven Managed Services Blog Entries We Didn't Write: Feb. 26

By now, you know the drill: Each week MSPmentor intends to write dozens of additional managed services blog entries. But each week, our team winds up with distractions -- travel, phone calls, and something called "occasional sleep." Here are seven managed services blog entries we didn't have time to write for the week ending February 26, 2010.

7. Call Your Attorney: A growing number of MSPs are focusing on the legal vertical. The latest example involves Keno Kozie, though we also spotted this example in January 2010.

6. Raising Arizona: Stuart Selbst's Spring Training for Business conference is March 10-13 in Arizona. If you're attending and hear any key trends or best practices, please send them along.

5. Accountants in the Cloud: Intuit is making a push to connect the dots between U.S. CPAs and cloud applications. The MSPAlliance has launched an accreditation effort with Intuit to help grow that market opportunity.

4. A Silent SaaS War: It involves Tech Data, Ingram Micro and traditional resellers across the globe. Some details have been reported. But more details are coming.

3. MSPmentor 100 - International Coverage: A few folks had asked us to put a larger spotlight on successful MSPs in Europe, Australia and South Africa. I'm a bit late fulfilling that request (anyone surprised?) but you'll see something shortly, along with that long-awaited video focused on Australia M&A activity. Really.

2. Hitting the Road: I'll be meeting with MSPs at the Intermedia partner conference March 4 in Silicon Valley. If you're attending look me up (joe [at] NineLivesMediaInc.com).

1.  Independence Day: I'm aware of at least four MSPs moving into the cloud market that recently said "no thank you" to investor money and/or M&A discussions. Somewhat related, Vembu has posted a blog entry explaining why the storage company keeps saying no thanks to investor money. Why are those five companies turning down outside cash? Two reasons: Optimism about their business prospects, and fear of losing control.

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