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A lot of people talk about “going green” — but have you ever done the math to see how power management can assist your company — and your customers? Take a look at this quick example, involving the cost of running 500 PC desktops year-round in California.
The retail price of electricity in California is 11.53 cents per kW hour. If y
So, you’re a managed service provider or VAR who’s striving to understand Google Apps — the search giant’s on-demand software development platform.
Yes, Google is now reaching out to MSPs, IT consultants and integrators. This video, forwarded to The VAR Guy (our guest blogger) by Virus Woman (a.k.a. Crisantos Hajibrahim), describes Google’s SaaS strategy for MSPs and channel partners.
Being an MSP is no fun, especially if you are a mid-sized organization.
As you read this article, national players and biggies such as Dell might be talking to your customers with attractive offerings. Being a regional player with quick on-call service might no longer work out to your advantage. Now, how do you face this situation? What’s your
Business continuity is the ability of an organization to continue functioning after an unplanned interruption. Data disaster recovery is an important part of business continuity capabilities.
Why does your end client need a business continuity solution? And what are the key components of a business continuity plan? Here are some answers.
Solution providers have a lot to gain from adopting managed services. Less appreciated is the fact that vendors have a lot at stake, too. Increasingly they realize that adoption of managed services by their channel partners is not only a winning strategy, but an essential strategy for long term success in the SMB market. MSP P
MSP Partners: What You Need to Know
Solution providers have a lot to gain from adopting managed services. Less appreciated is the fact that vendors have a lot at stake, too. Increasingly they realize that adoption of managed services by their channel partners is not only a winning strategy, but an essential strategy for long term success in the SMB market.
If your client base isn’t growing, you can’t be happy and furthermore you’ll find it harder and harder pay the bills. Your support structure should allow you bring on more new clients and less new employees, if you’ve set up your assembly line properly. If you haven’t, that’s a problem that will require much more time to cover.
Google frequently hosts “tech talks” to help employees understand key trends in IT. One recent tech talk, delivered by Ubuntu Community Manager Jono Bacon, focused on Ubuntu.
Bacon, who also spoke recently at the Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE), shares his vision for the future of the Linux desktop community. The video runs slightly more than one hour, but provides some key insights for those who are just getting up to speed on Linux and Ubuntu.
Considering the popularity of YouTube, it’s hardly surprising that many managed service providers are making videos in a bid to market their companies virally.
Check out these clips from three MSPs — Logicalis, Info Support and IT Vizion. Sure, they’re marketing pieces. But the messages are pretty clear and frequently concise, and the companies come off as true managed services experts.
Many managed service providers and VARs struggle with day-to-day cash management, customer invoicing and bill payments. I can’t endorse a particular solution to these challenges, but a software as a service (SaaS) outfit called Bill.com caught my eye earlier today. Bill.com claims its service can automate bill payment, e-invoicing and collections, and help to improve […]
We all talk about how difficult it is to grow our sales. Is there a magic bullet? What can you use as a door opener so you can promote your managed services? Let’s focus on what small to medium size businesses (SMB) are looking for.
According to top publications and research groups, business owners and managers in the SMB market are most inter
SaaS (software as a service) and managed services are often mentioned in the same breath as though they were part of some collective goodness, but for many MSPs they have actually been more like mortal enemies.
In fact most MSPs have focused almost exclusively on the bread and butter servers, desktops, networks and applications that reside withi