Seven Managed Services Blogs MSPmentor Didn't Write: June 10

Seven Managed Services Blogs MSPmentor Didn't Write: June 10

Our managed services coverage stretched into the weekend as we blogged live from the TruMethods Schnizzfest conference in Philadelphia, Pa. But what blogs didn't we have time to write for the week ending June 10, 2011? I'm glad you asked. Here are the top seven...

7. Talkin' Cloud 50: Who are the top 50 MSPs and VARs working in cloud computing? We'll officially promote the answers on June 14. But you can get a preview of the new Talkin' Cloud 50 list here.

6. Breaking Ground: CharTec will spend this week celebrating a major office expansion in California. Contributing Associate Blogger Matt Weinberger will be on hand, exploring how CharTec plans to march forward with HaaS (hardware as a service) moves.

5. Brag About Your Brain: The MSPmentor 250 survey remains open. The fourth-annual survey will pinpoint the world's top managed services experts, entrepreneurs, executives, sales professionals, marketing wizards, communication pros, coaches and more. Complete the survey to help us track down all that talent. Results coming in August 2011.

4. Consolidation Continues: We're aware of at least one more managed services merger or acquisition. It should surface later this week...

3. Next Move: Former Autotask CEO Bob Godgart is still sizing up his next move in the channel. Several people appear to be in the know on his plans. Want more clues? Keep these four terms in mind. Eye. Social Media. Channel. Business. Hmmm...

2. Per User or Per Device Pricing?: Actually, both models may be dead. Several MSPs at the TruMethods event told me they now use a "per experience" or "per engagement" model -- charging about $2,200 to $3,000 for a typical small business office (about 20 seats). But the MSPs no longer break out their pricing on a per user or per device level. I'll explain why in a blog post later this year.

1. Million Dollar Man: I spent a few hours last week with an MSP who sold his business about a year ago, and promptly deposited a check for $1 million into his personal bank account. How has the executive changed? He's still living in the same house and driving the same car. The big change: The buyout gave him peace of mind since so much of his net worth is no longer tied up in the company. And by the way: He's still with the company, building it even larger...

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