Seven Managed Services Blogs MSPmentor Didn't Write: Aug. 27

Seven Managed Services Blogs MSPmentor Didn't Write: Aug. 27

MSPmentor expects plenty of MSP-related news from next week's VMworld in San Francisco. In the meantime, here are seven managed services blog entries the MSPmentor team didn't have time to write for the week ending Aug. 27, 2010.

7. Exit, Stage Left: Jonathan Campbell, formerly product marketing manager for Multi-Site Director (an Intel managed services play in Europe), is leaving the chip giant. After 10 years at Intel, Campbell on Sept. 20 is joining Vodafone's Enterprise Managed Services division. As you may recall, Intel shut down the Multi-Site Director initiative in August 2009.

6. Growth Mode: Several MSPs landed on the recent Inc. 5000 list, which tracks the fastest-growing privately held companies in the U.S. One honoree is TekLinks, a regional IT service provider in Birmingham, Alabama. If your business landed on the Inc. 5000 please let us know.

5. Help Wanted: CharTec (the Hardware as a Service specialist) and sister company ARRC Technology (the IT service provider) want to make some hires. You can find their latest Help Wanted job posts in the MSPmentor Career Center.

4. California Dreamin': I'm keeping an eye on the Southern California MSP market. Best guess: A significant career announcement will surface there within a few weeks. Sorry to be so vague... for now.

3. Kaseya Does PSA?: New details about Kaseya's emerging PSA strategy surfaced this week. In an xSP Road Map for 2010 and 2011, Kaseya says its Business Center PSA offering "ties together the people and accounting sides of the business with the proven Kaseya IT Systems Management framework, creating a truly unified platform for your IT business."

Kaseya's xSP Road Map document is 17 pages long, but of course I had to jump right to the PSA discussion. And please note: I'm not suggesting Kaseya will become a PSA giant tomorrow. Like the database market, product quality and focus can vary greatly from one PSA offering to the next. After all, Microsoft Access and Oracle Database 11g both are databases... but they're not the same.

What markets will Kaseya eventually target? I'll share more details about Kaseya's efforts soon...

2. Quest for the Cloud: Watch for Quest Software (owner of PacketTrap) to announce its virtualization strategy at VMworld (Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, San Francisco). Our sister site, The VAR Guy, has complete coverage of VMworld.

1. Master MSP Mergers?: Is the Master MSP market set for merger and acquisition activity? My crystal ball is still foggy. But the grapevine says it might be time for regional Master MSPs to partner up... ...

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