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Place to Start-up or Start Over!
all due respect and honor, it’s time to remember September 11, 2001
which was 15-years ago today. Everyone has a memory and we welcome your
stories on our Facebook page.
today is my birthday and it is the same day my father was born. In
part, that’s why we shared the same name (my father passed away about
13-years ago). So this date will forever be ingrained in our collective
psyche because of the “9-11” tragedy. On that day, my own story is
this. I was up early and making final preparations to fly from Seattle
to Boston. SMB Nation was representing Gateway Computers at an ITEC
tradeshow the following day. I was “in the booth” lecturing on Small
Business Server in mini-sessions on a three-month tour. For whatever
reason, I had turned on the morning news and saw the early coverage
moments after the first jetliner had hit the World Trade Center. I
witnessed the second jet on live TV hitting the second tower.
G.E. Starts Over as Software Company
Many SMB Nation members have seen the recent G.E. television
advertisement where a younger geek tells parents and friends he is
joining old school G.E. as a developer. Needless to say, the geek’s
career aspirations are met with disdain in this deadpan spot. But there
is truth to humor. Recently the New York Times article “G.E., the
124-Year-Old Software Start-up” states the obvious that G.E. has to
reinvent itself to survive and thrive. The net-net of the article,
which you should read, is about G.E. capitalizing on the Internet of
Things (IoT) with software controls.
applaud G.E. for hitting it head-on. For the past year, I’ve preached
that the old school server-side SMB Nation ‘puter guys have got to
reinvent or retire. And I’m starting to run out of words LOL. I’ve
sliced and diced
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Micro: Looking for a wingman to help grow your
If you’re an MSP looking to increase your value to customers and grow
your business, Trend Micro has your back. We’re the perfect
wingman to grow your revenue with leading edge security
Micro’s MSP program
tools for central management and self-provisioning
and on-premises security solutions
There’s more. Our solutions easily integrate with leading RMM and PSA
tools, providing single-pane-of-glass deployment, monitoring,
notifying, ticketing, and reporting.
Trend Micro provides comprehensive solutions that lower your costs and
increase productivity. Our solutions consist of on-premises
protection as well as cloud-based products and tools to help you expand
your MSP business.
our cloud-based security solutions, you can centrally manage accounts
and automate monthly usage, streamline usage data and billing with
RMM/PSA integrations, and eliminate time consuming renewal tracking and
administration. And with automated transaction processes for billing
and provisioning licenses, you’re freed up to focus on other business
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What good wingman would allow you to deal with fixed fees and slim
margins? Trend Micro cloud-based security services can help increase
your recurring revenues, annuity streams and cash flows. Increase your
average deal size with the opportunity to cross-sell or up-sell
existing customers other Trend Micro services like email, server and
enhanced web security products. With no up-front investment in
unnecessary product licenses and flexible usage-based pricing, Trend
Micro can help improve the profitability of your business.
Because Trend Micro is 100% channel driven, your success is our
success. Dedicated MSP teams are responsible for on-boarding all new
Trend Micro MSP Partners to ensure you get easily up to speed with our
portal and products. We’ll help you reduce
complexities and reach profitability faster. You’d expect nothing less
of your wingman.
Weekly Webinar: 5 Best Practices for Onsite and Offsite Recovery in
Whether a system is virtual or physical shouldn’t matter to your backup
and disaster recovery solution. But you need to protect your
organization’s systems, applications, and data regardless of where they
live. We will share five best practices you should employ to ensure you
can always recover from any disaster regardless of your environment or
location of your data. In this webinar, you will learn: 1. Benefits of
making frequent backups 2. The best ways to manage your backups so
READ MORE AND SIGNUP HERE
Must Do: Attend Western Washington Summit
September 22 - "Building Cross-Regional Partnerships: Active Plays For
Opportunity and Growth"
Dial-In Conferencing Solutions as
Simple as One Click
Conference calls make doing business easier. Unfortunately, traditional
conference call services can be cost-prohibitive and difficult to use
for many SMBs. That’s why AppRiver
recently rolled out dial-in
conferencing as a part of its Office 365 service.
Customers using the service can host conference calls for audiences
small or large on their computers, cell phones or landlines – often for
about half the cost of other premium services, and managed right from
familiar tools like the Outlook desktop and Web clients. For AppRiver’s
resellers, it’s a convenient way to incorporate another critical
business function into their practices, saving their customers money
and growing their topline revenue at the same time.
AppRiver offers several Office 365 and hosted Exchange plans designed
to match the needs of businesses of all sizes. Now, customers can add
unlimited dial-in conferencing to Skype for Business at a budget price,
just for the users who need it. For most organizations, this price
point could mean a dramatic cost savings compared to standalone
services currently on the market.
Dial-in Conferencing adds valuable
new capabilities to Skype for
Business service plans, which already include secure instant messaging,
screen, file, and application sharing capabilities for meeting
organizers and attendees. For attendees who need or prefer a benchmark
dial-in audio connection, the new PSTN conferencing option is the ideal
AppRiver is a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP), and helped
Microsoft develop the Indirect model that powers the growth of the CSP
program today. As a result, AppRiver’s channel sales advisors, support
team and billing staff have years of experience helping partners price,
sell, bill and support Office 365 for their customers. This experience
can be invaluable for
resellers who are new to Office 365 or who can’t
or choose not to participate in the CSP program on their own.