Seven Managed Services Blogs MSPmentor Didn't Write: June 24

Seven Managed Services Blogs MSPmentor Didn't Write: June 24

After a relaxing weekend it's time to get back to business. But before the MSPmentor staff looks ahead to the new week, here are seven managed services blog entries we didn't have a chance to write for the week ending June 24, 2011.

7. Partnering Up?: Keep an eye on CharTec (hardware as a service) and Astaro (unified threat management). Sources on both sides of the table say CharTec and Astaro may look to jointly assist VARs and MSPs. Astaro, as you may recall, was recently acquired by Sophos.

6. What's Your Valuation?: Paul Dippell over at Service Leadership may have a rough estimate for you. The well-known channel consultant is promoting a Solution Provider Valuation Approximator to his clientele.

5. Next Move: You've heard of Software as a Service. Now, Kutenda seems to be promoting Web (design, development and SEO) as a Service. Indeed, the company claims it has built 1,000 local, IT-related domains across the U.S. Next up, Kutenda plans to rent the sites to VARs and MSPs, starting at about $300 per month. Kutenda also indicates that the sites are search-engine optimized for Google rankings.

4. More Exits Coming: Quite a few VP-level folks plan to make managed services career moves... with some announcements potentially coming shortly after the 4th of July holiday here in the U.S. As soon as we confirm who's coming and who's going we'll share the details here.

3. Smart Crowd: I'll be meeting with a range of MSPs and software industry leaders this week in San Francisco and San Jose. As we near the mid-year mark for 2011, I'm curious to hear how business is shaping up so far this year.

2. Thanks Folks: The fourth-annual MSPmentor 250 survey is now closed. We're sorting through the submissions now and we'll unveil the top managed services executives, entrepreneurs and experts in August. Thanks to those who participated. And congrats to those who may discover that they're "Locked in the NOC" in August. We'll share more details at that time.

1. Stock Option Controversy: I can't do the story justice in a line or two. Instead, check out the Skype stock option controversy as covered by Fortune and TechCrunch. If you have stock options that you "think" vested be sure to slow down and read the Fortune and TechCrunch stories very closely. Then, call your lawyer to check the fine print on your stock options...

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