Month: June 2019

Tech Time Warp: The Origin of the Oregon Trail

Tech Time Warp: The Origin of the Oregon Trail

The real Oregon Trail began in Independence, Missouri, but for generations of American schoolchildren, the trail began in a Minneapolis classroom in 1971, when three student teachers combined their penchant for history with their knowledge of BASIC.

/ June 28, 2019
Don’t believe that cold calling is harder during the summer

Don’t believe that cold calling is harder during the summer

In MSP sales, it’s well known that cold calling is much harder during the summer months, when vacations create scheduling conflicts everywhere. However, that should not stop your MSP from making this useful strategy as effective as it can be....

/ June 28, 2019
Open source community flexes edge computing muscle

Open source community flexes edge computing muscle

The open source community signaled its intention to dominate edge computing during a KubeCon + CloudNative + Open Source Summit China conference this week in Shanghai. Arpit Joshipura, general manager for networking, automation, edge, and IoT at the Linux Foundation,...

/ June 27, 2019
Why your MSP should eat its own dog food

Why your MSP should eat its own dog food

Are you familiar with the phrase “Eat your own dog food?” I’ve sometimes heard it also referred to (more nicely!) as “Drink your own champagne”. It refers to the idea that you shouldn’t sell a product or solution to somebody...

/ June 27, 2019 / 1 Comment
Healthcare organizations need MSPs to serve as guards

Healthcare organizations need MSPs to serve as guards

Last week, we looked at some of the emerging cybersecurity healthcare hazards in 2019, from ransomware to crypto. As healthcare continues to become more and more connected, the MSP’s role has never been more significant, especially with smaller to medium-sized healthcare...

/ June 26, 2019
Fast growing SD-WAN market continues to rapidly evolve

Fast growing SD-WAN market continues to rapidly evolve

A new report from the market research firm Futorium finds adoption of software-defined wide area networks (SD-WANs) is occurring at faster rates than initially appreciated. The research report now estimates $2.2 billion in SD-WAN platform and tools revenue will be...

/ June 25, 2019
Recent acquisitions suggest data really could be the new oil

Recent acquisitions suggest data really could be the new oil

We are fond of tech metaphors that help us understand the world. One such metaphor is that data is the new oil. Essentially it means data has so much value, that when mined and refined, it could have great value...

/ June 25, 2019
Growth Hacking for MSPs: Startup Culture

Growth Hacking for MSPs: Startup Culture

If you want to achieve accelerated growth in the Managed Services industry, you can’t do it alone. Not only does it take a team, but it also requires a certain type of culture. While “startup culture” is most known for...

/ June 24, 2019
Ask an MSP Expert: How can we improve customers’ security posture?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can we improve customers’ security posture?

Q: In today’s world, we know that security is a vital part of any managed service provider’s offering. How can we better position our security portfolio while improving our customers’ security posture? When small and medium businesses look to partner...

/ June 24, 2019
Tech Time Warp: “A Logic Named Joe”

Tech Time Warp: “A Logic Named Joe”

If you’re looking for a good tech-related read this summer — something in the genre of Black Mirror — you can’t do any better than “A Logic Named Joe,” a short story published in the March 1946 issue of Astounding Science...

/ June 21, 2019