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The Place to Start-up or Start Over! December 5, 2016
Issue 11-15
Start-over as a Network Engineer!

Granted many of the SMB Nation readers are experienced IT Pros. But one layer below, many MSPs have a rising star. Typically a “newbie,” this individual is being eyed for bigger things. Which gets me to my point. Chip Reaves of Bigger Brains and I teamed up with Emily Wilson a just over a year ago to create the Networking Essentials: CompTIA Network Plus Exam Prep course. I proudly consider this the 20th publication I’ve been an author or co-author of...

Chip Reaves - CEO of Bigger Brains

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Check-out this new CRM for SMBs!

Start-over: 435 Congressional Districts  

Before the end of the year, Karl Palachuk and I intend to do our quarterly analyst briefing webinar that typically enjoys a receptive audience. On deck on the agenda for our to-be-announced 4Q Analyst Report webinar is a non-partisan review of the election. We’ll stick to the facts and discuss how it results impact MSPs. Trust us!

I want to leak one topic right here, right now. At a high-level it concerns each part of America having the ability to innovate technology. For example...


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Analysis: How Seattle Became Cloud City!    

Seattle is a great investment! Why? Because this city consistently reinvents itself. Follow the dots: timber to gold to aerospace to tech to cloud. I’ve enjoyed living here nearly 30 years and confirm that every time I land after a trip, realizing I’m home!

So what is Seattle’s secret sauce in becoming Cloud City? I’d offer competition. Both AWS and Azure were invented here. Hell even competitors like Google are now moving north to drink the water. I have a question for you before we discuss...


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Webinars this Week!

(1) Stockholm Syndrome in IT 
(2) Making and saving money with IaaS Clouds

Good news! We have two educational webinar next week (week of December 11-17, 2016.

Details are as follows:
Webinar: “Stockholm Syndrome in IT”
Efficiency losses are real, and this webinar will discuss one of the biggest losses incurred by IT departments. This risk extends to existential threats like downtime caused by ransomware--tape backup systems.
Join Infrascale’s Channel Chief Chris Sterbenc, to talk about how IT departments and businesses can get unstuck from behind the tape backup barrier to greater efficiency and protection.
When: December 13, 2016, 12:00PM Pacific (Noon, GMT-8)
Register HERE!

Webinar: Making and saving money with IaaS Clouds
Most companies are thinking about, or already utilizing, public clouds to replace their on-prem infrastructure. Learn about the major IaaS players, how to create and position your services in the age of cloud computing. Learn about the benefits of IaaS services, and how to use them to your advantage.
When: December 15, 2016, 12:00pm Pacific (Noon, GMT-8)
Regsiter HERE!

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Trending – Trend Micro’s Office365 play

Back in the early Windows Small Business Server (SBS) days, Trend Micro made a significant commitment to developing solutions and branding around SBS. In no small part it contributed to the multi-fold growth Trend Micro has experienced over the past 15-years. I certainly appreciate its community commitment because year-in and year-out, community members could depend on Trend Micro to suit up and show up.

TrendMicro is so cool!

Now it feels like déjà vu. Trend Micro is going big in the Office 365 community this year. Read More Here!
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