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Forward Looking Statements: Salary Survey Part III! 

Time to look forward to the future in the SMB partner community. You will recall that we have presented two prior installments on our annual salary survey in past issues (Educated and Income) I’d encourage you to refill your coffee (or your beer), review those prior installments before proceeding further. I’ll wait here.



Welcome back! 
If anything, entrepreneurs are optimistic. I use that label because, in our past installments (read above), you are the founder and owner of your partner practice (MSP, CSP, consulting practice, reseller), etc. But even I was surprised how positive you are right here, right now. When asked if you expected positive compensation growth in 2016, 62% of you replied affirmative. The positive growth categories ranged from +1% to +50%. The greatest positive response grouping was 1% to +10% growth. The “break-even” crowd came in at 27.27%. The “Nabobs of Negativity” forecasting income contraction only amounted to 10.92%. While I’m no Nate Silver  

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Why you should consider augmenting DLP for Office 365 email and file sharing?
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SMB companies are leveraging Office 365  to reduce costs and improve worker productivity.



However, as workers are using cloud file sync technologies like Box, Dropbox, Google Drive etc, to share and store data, email gateways don’t see files in the cloud and aren’t able to provide security protection. Unknowingly, SMB companies could be leaving themselves vulnerable to Darth Vader and the Dark Side. Trend Micro (your Security Wingman) has a DLP solution (Cloud App Security) that provides protection for Office 365 and file sharing
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Defining Workspace as a Servce (WaaS)
image   Last Thursday we hosted a well-attended webinar, Wazzup with WaaS?!?!?, that exposed a glaring lack of understanding of this space in the SMB Nation community. That’s okay as it signals a greenfield of opportunity for SMB Nation partners and MSPs to take advantage of. As you know, we’d rather be early than late in technology. WaaS is exactly this and then some.

There was a lot of context drawn out that compared WaaS to VDI, Desktop as a Service (DaaS), Citrix sessions, RDP and even GoToMyPC. Much of this dialog was fueled by audience questions (in fact, we went overtime with the questions). There were conversations about security (of course), geography, and “where” the WaaS resources live (depends on client need).

Deeper Understanding
So let me bring a bit of order to this conversation. According to Webopedia, “Workspace-as-a-Service, or WaaS, is a form of desktop virtualization that provides access to business applications and data from anywhere at any time.” Techopedia has a slightly different definition as “The term "workspace as a service" (WaaS) in IT refers to services that provide end users with a virtual workspace, which is a model of the kinds of resources end users would have at their desk within a physical office environment.” It further goes on to provide additional context as “Workspace as a service is part of a greater category of services often called "software as a service" (SaaS), where vendors deliver services through the Web, instead of sending client software on digital storage media.”

The research firm MarketsandMarkets calculated that the WaaS market will exceed $9.41B by 2019. Notably it’s observations are “… a major force driving this market is the increasing adoption of BYOD in various organizations. The low costs and easy management have led Workspace as a Service solutions and services to the increasing adoption by enterprises and small and medium businesses (SMBs) around

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WEBINAR ALERT: The SMB Security Dilema

.There is a new As A Service (aaS) in the house and it’s got legs. As SMB companies are leveraging cloud-based solutions to reduce costs and improve worker productivity, in many instances they opt to go with the embedded security within these SaaS solutions. Unknowingly, your customers could be leaving themselves vulnerable to Darth Vader and the Dark Side. Join this webinar and explore a DLP solution that is specifically designed to augment the security protection for Office 365. More importantly for you, it helps to increase your revenue streams and is incredibly easy to sell.to...

Learn more and sign-up here: http://www.smbnation.com/webinars.
 
Help Pick Workshop Cities! 
Whew! That was a long haul. We’ve just completed nine (9) cities in the first six months of 2016 for our Office 365/Windows 10 roadshow across the US. Jenny and Grant did the heavy lifting (THANK YOU!) and the technical content was universally adored.We’d offer that, in the immediate SMB partner community, we are the MOST TECHNICAL workshops in market!



By-the-numbers
We hosted more one-day workshops in 1h2016...

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June 12, 2016
Issue 10-46

 
 
 
   
 


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