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The Place to Start-up or Start Over! September 11, 2016
Issue 11-6
Remembering 9-11

With 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. 

Never Foget!

Briefly, 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. 


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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. 

Impressive Pivot for G.E.

I 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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Trend Micro:  Looking for a wingman to help grow your business? 

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 solutions. 

Trend Micro’s MSP program provides

  • Monthly pay-as-you-go billing
  • Unique tools for central management and self-provisioning
  • Cloud and on-premises security solutions

Sound good?

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.

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With 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 activities.

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 program MSP portal and products.  We’ll help you reduce complexities and reach profitability faster. You’d expect nothing less of your wingman.

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Weekly Webinar: 5 Best Practices for Onsite and Offsite Recovery in Hybrid Envirnments

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 they’re always...


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Must Do: Attend Western Washington Summit 2016
September 22 - "Building Cross-Regional Partnerships: Active Plays For Opportunity and Growth"

  Affordable 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.

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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 solution.

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.

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