Six Channel Partner Blogs The VAR Guy Didn’t Write: Nov. 5
The VAR Guy hung out with several hundred of his closest friends over the weekend. The location: The Off the Grid Party, hosted at the ConnectWise IT Nation conference in Orlando. Nobody was allowed to blog, tweet or photograph the party. But The VAR Guy has good ear and an even better memory. So here are six blogs from the conference (and the weekend bash) The VAR Guy didn’t get a chance to write.
7. New Day, New Platform?: A major distributor is taking a close look at another RMM (remote monitoring and management) platform allegedly. The VAR Guy is digging for a million details. If he finds specifics, our resident blogger promises to share them for free.
6. Strong Demand: One of the industry’s better-know MSP coaches may raise rates in January 2011. So, as the old saying goes: Lock in your best rates right now.
5. Bigger Peers Partner Up: When it comes to HTG Peer Groups, the typical VAR or MSP member has about 12 employees. But larger MSPs — those with 50 employees and above — are now looking to network up into their own peer group within HTG…
4. Let’s Make a Deal: Met with several MSPs that have 1,000-node licensing agreements with Kaseya. Instead of jumping all the way up to the 2,500-node level, the MSPs are quietly pushing (and in some cases, receiving) 1,200-node agreements. The result: MSPs can commit less money to Kaseya while having a more reasonable near-term growth path. But for Kaseya, the 1,200-node negotiations seem to be putting a bit a pressure on the company’s traditional licensing model, sources say.
3. New Year, New Conference?: The folks at SMB Nation may be preparing an MVP Nation conference in 2011, The VAR Guy hears. The VAR Guy will be checking in with HarryBbb for potential details.
2. Money Matters: ConnectWise Capital apparently is evaluating ne or two new potential investments within the next few months. Existing investments — CharTec (hardware as a service) and LabTech (RMM) apparently are cash flow positive or nearly cash flow positive and continue to grow, according to sources in the know.
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