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The Place to Start-up or Start Over! March 5, 2017 + Issue 11-19

 

 Taas: More Government $

I recently surveyed our community and discovered something amazing! Over 40 percent of the IT community we speak with has either a relationship or interest in creating an opportunity with local/county/regional governments. Our large response rate to the survey made this statistically valid (read “not fake news”) and we were pleasantly surprised. Which brings us to the point of this blog. Pursuing more government accounts means more money for MSPs, partners, resellers and consultants. It’s good Azure-based recurring revenue work.

MSPs - look at the local government opportunity!


One of the biggest challenges in working with government in the past was the sales cycle. For those of us who recognize selling into enterprise is a long journey, I can assure you the government sales cycle traditionally has a similar if not ...READ MORE HERE.
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WEBINAR ALERT: Ransomware, Paper Trails and Connectwise - How they Integrate!

Thu, Mar 9, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

Ransomware has become the scourge of every business. It hits suddenly and unexpected, and the business is crippled for many hours, if not days. When it hits during business hours, in today's use of computers, the paper trial has become minimal.
So once the computers are running properly again, how does the business data created before the ransomware attack get re-entered if not backed up? If there is no paper trial, how is that business data re-created? Just before the shutdown get re-keyed? If there is no paper trial, how is that business activity re-created?

Ongoing Backups of business activity, as data is created or changed, is the BEST way to protect.

If you are, or considering to be a Connectwise Automate or Manage user, there is now available a Backup Data Recovery solution that can lower the impact of recovery of a ransomware business crippling event. Join Us to find out what is unique from Connectwise and Storage Guardian.

REG HERE!
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IBM PartnerWorld: Focus on Watson!

It’s Wow – I’m continually impressed every time I attend the robust annual IBM PartnerWorld conference as I recently did at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. In a series of articles, I’ll share those experiences with you over the next few weeks with my analyst hat firmly affixed. The purpose of this blog is to paint the overall picture.

IBM CEO at keynote!


I’d offer the PartnerWorld Leadership Conference had around 3,000 participants, many of whom were worldwide attendees where IBM is a strong brand. The theme, “Next is Now,” wasfitting as few companies have pivoted as hard and as fast as IBM over the past decade-plus. This time the emphasis was on Watson, it’s well-renowned and respected analytical engine that is a category leader. Past conferences have focused on IoT and other topics that took a back seat this round. Read More Here!
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Must Attend MSP MaaS Marketing Workshop!

MSP Superstart West is Gone!

In this era of click bait headlines, this one is true both geographically and business-wise. Long time SMB Nation member Jamison West is undergoing a life reset. He has recently completed the transition from his MSP practice (which was acquired by Aldridge) just over a year ago that I previously wrote about.

Follow this guy!

West and family looked in the mirror and decided time in the sun would be the right next move. As I write this, Jamison is moving to Summerlin, NV from drippy Seattle so that they can be near his wife’s extended family and the children can settle into new schools. Jamison has new professional plans in the works that we’ll report on in coming weeks. All good...Read More Here!

 
 

Partner Power: 3CX

How customers need a partner to  implement a solid VoIP system
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I started on the 3CX telephone system journey with my customer hat on. I believed I could do it all. So, I jumped right in without, you guessed it, reading the manual (RTM).
I quickly discovered that this was my first telephony rodeo in a while and I needed help after I tripped up on a security 3CXcertificate implementation. Help isn’t bad. It doesn’t mean the 3CX is overcomplicated. Just the opposite as I discovered 3CX is very powerful and I needed the help of a certified 3CX partner.

3CX really rocks!

I reached out to my favorite telecom expert, Allen Miller, a well-known 3CX consultant based in Cincinnati, OH (Allen Miller Computer Consulting; www.MillerManor.net). Full disclosure: Allen and I worked together nearly a decade ago on a now discontinued Microsoft small business phone system. I credit Allen with introducing me to the world of VoIP. Needless to say, I trust him when it comes to everything telephony.

Over the course of a few working sessions, Allen and I configured 3CX for a test network at my company, SMB Nation. In the first session, we completed the server-side installation starting with the security certificate matter through the naming conventions and administrator authentication. We did this on a small..Read More Here!  

 

 
 
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