Seven Managed Services Blogs MSPmentor Didn't Write: Jan. 7

After a week like this -- four MSP acquisitions in five days -- what the heck is the managed services industry going to do for an encore? MSPmentor doesn't have the answer yet. But we're certainly hearing plenty of new developments. Here are a few of them, including seven managed services blog entries MSPmentor didn't have time to write for the week ending January 7, 2011.

7. Another MSP Tool: OpenPeak Inc., which develops multimedia touch-screen devices, has unveiled OpenServices -- a cloud-based device management platform for service providers and enterprises.

6. The Date is Set: TruMethods, a consulting and coaching firm that assists MSPs, will host Schnizzfest 2011 June 9-11 in Philadelphia. Roughly 125 MSPs and solutions providers are expected to attend this year, a 56% increase from last year’s attendance, TruMethods says. By the way: Here are 99 other channel events to track in 2011.

5. MSP Business Intelligence: CoreConnex is making some moves with its Corelytics Financial Dashboard. In February the company will ask existing and prospective Corelytics users to provide data on RMM devices being managed. "We plan to combine this data with existing financial and staffing data so we can zoom in on what’s working and what’s not for MSPs," according to CoreConnex CEO Frank Coker.

I like the idea -- assuming CoreConnex handles the MSP date carefully. CoreConnex has promised to keep the RMM platform (who uses what) information confidential, ensuring the research doesn't turn into an RMM marketing battle. Frankly, this move by CoreConnex deserves a closer look. I'm reaching out to Coker for more details.

4. Dispute: Strategix IT alleges a marketing firm owes Strategix IT a $7,000 $5,500 refund. The marketing firm tells MSPmentor it does not owe Strategix IT a dime. There's an unfortunate side story here: An attorney representing Strategix IT has launched a spam campaign against the marketing firm. If Strategix IT truly has a case, they should state it in court -- not in spam. If there's ever a court case we'll cover it responsibly. In the meantime case closed.

3. The MSPmentor 100 Results: The fourth-annual MSPmentor 100 report -- featuring a global list of the world's top MSPs -- will be unveiled during our MSPmentor Live webcast on February 16, 2011. I hope you'll join us because the discussion will cover best practices and key trends unearthed in the report. Please note: ConnectWise is sponsoring the webcast but the research is completely independent.

2. Upcoming Travel: MSPmentor's blogging team returns to the road really soon... visiting Tampa, Fla., for multiple channel meetings plus attending the upcoming Kaspersky Lab, VMware Partner Exchange 2011, IBM PartnerWorld and Parallels Summit. If you'd like to potentially meet at the conferences please send me an email (joe [at] NineLivesMediaInc [dot] com).

1. Still Negotiating: A publicly held hardware company has spent the past two weeks negotiating to buy a mid-size MSP. Under potential terms of the deal, the MSP would retain about 90 percent of its employees. One sticking point: The MSP currently leverages a range of third-party online storage and cloud security solutions. But the hardware giant has relationships with other online storage and cloud security providers. If a deal happens we'll let you know.

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