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CompTIA's 2016 MSP Study

July 11, 2016

In CompTIA's 2016 MSP study, the take-away is that MSPs expect to make more revenue, but they don't know how that will be. "Their optimism is countered by continuing worries about their role in a market increasingly dominated by cloud computing solutions and by a persistent problem with employee retention," reports the CompTIA press release.

"But bullishness on future business is tempered by worries about margin erosion. Just over half of the firms cite margin erosion as a factor that keeps them awake at night." Every sector of telecom and IT is seeing price pressure.

LinkedIn to Join the Microsoft Suite

June 13, 2016

Let's start Monday with some small transactions.

First up, Blue Coat is selling itself to Symantec for $4.65 Billion. The cyber-security software company was going to go public via an IPO, but chose the private sale route, which seemed a safer bet for the PE firm, Bain Capital, that bought Blue Coat in 2015 for $2.4B and financed acquisitions to bolster the product portfolio to annual revenues of $598 Million. Blue Coat lost $289 million in those same 12 months.

The Forecast Calls for a New Strategy

June 7, 2016

Some folks didn't particularly care for the forecast in my podcast with Acuity.

"Hope is not a strategy. [I have a little bit on strategy by PWC here.]

One thing about the channel: Most people are heads down just getting from payroll to payroll with no time or desire to look up and pivot.

Conversations with Clients

June 3, 2016

There are other areas of the business that you can help a prospect. Having a conversation about network is easy. Too easy. Too comfortable.

Try something new.

MSP Tidbits (#2437)

May 25, 2016

The MSP (managed service provider) sector is set for growth as IT becomes more vital to a business - and the vastness of the IT umbrella overwhelms both the IT department and business owners.

Last year, HP broke up into 2 units. Now one of those units is in a mega-merger. USA Today reports that, "Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), run by Meg Whitman, late Tuesday said it was spinning off its enterprise services business, and merging it with Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC), to create an IT services firm with $26 billion in annual sales." This will create the world's third largest SI with 5000 clients.

What Does Hybrid Cloud Look Like?

May 11, 2016

Every business has a Hybrid Cloud environment. Yep. Just about all of them. So all this hype about hybrid cloud is just that... Hype. Let me explain.

In 2003, a business would have ACT!

Channel Strategy: A Quick Look

March 21, 2016

Often I hear from channel execs that Agents aren't the future because they aren't moving to selling cloud and managed services fast enough. It is always the MSPs and VARs that will be the partners of the future.

Funny how different vendors are trying different things. Fonality is placing bets on both sides as they announced both a distribution deal with Ingram Micro and an exclusive deal with The (Agent) Alliance.

Change or Die

March 18, 2016

Verizon's VP Janet Schijns gave a presentation about Millennials and the Channel. A majority of the polled Millennials did not know what a Channel Partner was. Change or Die. (I thought when Tiffani Bova left Gartner, we would have heard the last of that message, but alas it is still the drum beating.)

It isn't that most partners do NOT want to change.

Momentum Trolls Windstream (Going Up-Market)

February 2, 2016

I received this email yesterday from Momentum with the letter attached (with far too much private info not blacked out.)

"As many of you already know, Windstream is eradicating their SMB Business (Customers billing under $1500) and sending them letters like the one I have attached. Go get your customers and find them a happy home (preferably Momentum) before someone else does. Let me know how I can assist."

Windstream has decided to go up-market.

On the Channel Hamster Wheel with PlumUC

January 11, 2016

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