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The Place to Start-up or Start Over! June 18, 2017 + Issue 11-25

 

 Hey George!

At the recently completed Sage Summit in Atlanta, I enjoyed a 1:1 meeting with George Foreman, boxing legend, following his keynote address to several thousand attendees. My question was simple – it was about advice for my 18 year old son who is an Eagle Scout and will start at CalPoly this fall studying information systems.
“It is important that you must start - you can't dream without making a first step to start. Then in life you will always have to start over. If you do it once, you can certainly do it again.” Foreman offered as advice that applies to anyone of any age.

The eal George Foreman!

Specific to a young person, Foreman opined “The most important thing is to get a job. Doesn't matter how many hours it is. Learn and then learn something you love. Even volunteer. Even clean the bathroom. At work, everyone will stop by to tell you something.” Foreman shared. “If you can just get into the door, you can learn what you really want to do. Don't wait to be successful. You got to start the ground work and you have to start from the bottom.” I’d offer that is sage advice from Foreman at the Sage Summit!

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Bots! 

Recently many MSPs and partners attended a lecture on “How to Throw an Election” discussing bots with the notorious Tcat. The well-attended event was to further our technology conversations beyond the LAN and even MSP land. The context was actually SECURITY
and that is always a crowd pleaser. Funny thing is, an election bot rehash article emerged here just as I was writing the blog. If anything, this report from the NY Daily News is interesting. 

Must Read - Bots are HOT!
But the real reason we’re here is to talk business bots. A tip of the hat to Sage (the accounting software firm) for hosting a one-day bot “BOTlanta” workshop in Atlanta as part of the Sage Summit 2017 conference (in part this made me think about the above Tcat lecture). “At BOTlanta, Sage’s chief of AI and bots, Kriti Sharma, will outline the importance of establishing a bot code of ethics and provide an interactive step-by-step guide on how to create a bot of your own.” This free day-long workshop was open to the Atlanta community. Bravo!

READ MORE HERE!

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Community Corner!

Meet Synnex! 

If you’ve been attending our six part MSP Tech Talk series, You know that we’ve enjoyed an ongoing dialog with Synnex about moving from the Microsoft Cloud Advisor model to the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partner role (spoiler alert – there is a June 30, 2017 deadline to do this). Synnex is leading the conversation in the SMB Nation community.

But it begs the question. What is Synnex?

Here is what I found in my research looking at...

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Meet Fortinet!

An old friend of the SMB MSP community has recently raised its hand to say “hello” again. Thst friend is Fortinet. What I like about Fortinet is that it let’s its results do the talking. Kinda like the old Northwestern Mutual insurance company TV ads (remember the “quite company” – yeah – kids won’t get that).

Not as familiar with Fortinet as you’d like to be? Lemme bring you up to speed on this well-respected brand. This is the $1.2b security company you need to know. It’s got the scale to support the most demanding projects but also can respect the SMBer in all of us.

READ MORE HERE!


2Q Community Survey Time!

Before the summer recess, one more ask. If you could participate in our quarterly community survey, we would greatly appreciate it.

The survey asks you to essentially profile yourself. Why? Because we want you to help us help you. The more insights and visibility we have into what makes you tick, the better job we can do.

As Aa technology community, we want to insure we are on target in our relationship with you. Your feedback also helps us exist as a community as we engage with like-minded community sponsors who support what we do.

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