Month: April 2018

Cloud 5: Why edge computing matters, plenty of cloud growth says Gartner

Cloud 5: Why edge computing matters, plenty of cloud growth says Gartner

Welcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find. Before we jump into this week’s links, please have a look at one of...

/ April 20, 2018
containers
IT service providers are falling behind the container curve

IT service providers are falling behind the container curve

IT vendors and many of their IT services provider partners are generally slow to recognize uncomfortable truths. IT vendors tend to develop and allocate the resources they make available to IT services partners based on the sales goals they create...

/ April 19, 2018
DoD won’t budge on winner-take-all cloud contract stance

DoD won’t budge on winner-take-all cloud contract stance

In March, the Department of Defense set in motion a high-stakes, winner-take-all battle for its cloud contract. Reports suggest that the agreement could last a decade and be worth close to $10 billion dollars. Here’s the thing though, the cloud...

/ April 19, 2018
Thought leadership
Carrie Simpson: Thought leadership prospecting the right way

Carrie Simpson: Thought leadership prospecting the right way

Thought leadership prospecting combines personalized interactions with automated marketing touches. It uses carefully curated content and intelligent one-on-one discussions to begin and nurture relationships with qualified prospects. The good news is that you can start thought leadership prospecting using the...

/ April 18, 2018 / 3 Comments
marketing KPIs
Angela Leavitt: 7 key marketing KPIs for MSPs

Angela Leavitt: 7 key marketing KPIs for MSPs

The beginning of any new year is an exciting time for MSPs, especially when it comes to your sales and marketing efforts. You have a blank slate and, hopefully, another full year of data from which to learn and move...

/ April 18, 2018
Atlanta ransomware attack
Atlanta ransomware attack highlights IT vulnerabilities of cities

Atlanta ransomware attack highlights IT vulnerabilities of cities

Atlanta, car-clogged highways aside, is the elegant, magnolia-draped metropolis of the South: cosmopolitan, visionary, and Olympic caliber. But, for a few days in March 2018, the daily rhythms of governmental life came to a screeching halt. Water bill payments couldn’t...

/ April 17, 2018
GDPR compliance
Confidence in ability to meet GDPR mandates rides high

Confidence in ability to meet GDPR mandates rides high

Right about now inquiries from customers concerned about their ability to comply with the General Data Protection Rule (GDPR) that is set to implemented by the European Union on May 25 should be skyrocketing. But as is often the case, most...

/ April 17, 2018
intent-based networking
Alex Hoff: The advantages of intent-based networking

Alex Hoff: The advantages of intent-based networking

Intent-based networking makes it possible to manage a network simply by identifying your intent—in other words, what you want to happen. Configure guest Wi-Fi. Set up VoIP phones in Branch 3 office. Software then figures out the best way to...

/ April 16, 2018
Ask an MSP Expert: What are some fresh approaches to security education?

Ask an MSP Expert: What are some fresh approaches to security education?

Q: Every week, there seems to be a new threat I need to educate my customers on. I know it’s important to teach them what to watch out for, but I feel like we’re creating a lot of noise. What...

/ April 16, 2018
Java
Tech Time Warp: Java gets its start

Tech Time Warp: Java gets its start

The software that runs millions of smartphones and made the Internet more functional celebrates an anniversary this week. On April 8, 1991, James Gosling and a Sun Microsystems development team—then known as the “Green” development team, working on a project...

/ April 13, 2018