Seven Managed Services Blog Entries MSPmentor Didn't Write: June 18

Seven Managed Services Blog Entries MSPmentor Didn't Write: June 18

Our blog team had a busy, enjoyable week. But as usual there were a bunch of stories we didn't nail down. So, here are seven managed services blog entries that MSPmentor didn't have time to write for the week ending June 18, 2010.

7. Microsoft Worldwide Partner Summit: I'm starting to hear from MSPs who plan to attend the July 2010 conference. If you're attending and want to potentially meet just drop me an email (joe [at] ninelivesmediainc.com).

6. Water Cooler Talk: I traded email with industry coach Stuart Selbst and he got on the topic of www.watercoolersuite.com. I plan to take a closer look this weekend.

5. Here Come Big Service Providers: MSPmentor readers pointed out Verizon's new storage as a service strategy. And we covered Cablevision's Carbonite relationship earlier this week. Seems like quite a few folks are worried about storage as a service margins.

4. CXO Updates: We hear Autotask is still seeking a CFO. Elsewhere, at least one other CXO-related move could surface in the managed services industry over the next few business days.

3. Raise Your Hand More Than Once: We've adjusted the MSPmentor 250 survey to allow you to nominate multiple MSP experts. Thank you to HTG's Christy Sacco for the multi-nomination suggestion. Deadline for submissions is July 23. The third-annual MSPmentor 250 report will be published in August 2010. Here's how to participate.

2. Career Moves: Ingram Micro Seismic veteran Justin Crotty today disclosed plans to join NetEnrich. But that's just the start of musical chairs in the managed services industry. Several companies are looking for community experts to help engage and retain MSPs.... and VARs. (Yes, VARs.) I haven't applied for any of the positions. Have you?

1. Red Hat - Managed Services Software Buy?: Red Hat has been poking around Silicon Valley and may acquire a systems management company that also works with managed services providers. The rumor comes from several of our open source industry sources. We hope to share more thoughts sometime during Red Hat Summit, which starts June 22 in Boston.

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