Archive for the ‘Rants’ Category

Sane People, Insane Statements

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

My new favorite book “Re-Imagine” by Tom Peters if full of paragraphs titled “Sane People, Insane Statements.  The are statements from sane people that cause you to pause and say “holly crap, what if…”.  For example Greg Blonder, venture capitalist and former chief technical advisor for corporate strategy at AT&T ...

From SBS 2008 to Hosted Exchange in One Click!

Friday, April 24th, 2009

OK, so I exaggerate a little with my subject but the reality is that Microsoft has worked really hard to make it easy.  Why?  Some will say so they can steal the revenue that we were charging our customers to manage Exchange and give us a measly 6% as part ...

Do NOT buy QuickBooks Online!

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

I don't usually vent via my blog but why not, it is a blog after all... Had a customer that wanted to upgrade from QuickBooks 2007 to 2009 so I sent them to Quickbooks.Intuit.com where they can easily order online.  As you all know you get free 30 days of tech ...

New President, Same Nation, Same God!

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

In reading my morning email from Arlin Sorensen (I'm sure he won't mind me sharing this) I want to share the following quote that really sums up how I feel about the election results.  He wrote, "Today we have a new president.  No surprise to me who was elected.  And ...

New Server, Paper Clips and a Large Fry Please. That Was Easy!

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

In yet another demonstration of where some in the SMB space believe that IT Managed Services can be commoditized, Staples has jumped into the game.  Staples publicly announced their new Staples Network Services by Thrive, a three tier offering that includes an assortment of SaaS, remote support desk and onsite ...

Give Up on Managed Services and Write a Book Instead!

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

So in planning an upcoming blog I was fishing for opinions from various community leaders.   My favorite response was from Vlad Mazek whom suggested: Admit defeat and start writing books or throw a conference or peer group? -Vlad (mobile) Since I'm not the most creative guy in the world he proceeded to share ...

SMB Summit 2008 - Where have all the “Hero’s” Gone?

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

Day 3 at SMB Summit and something is seriously missing.  The SBS and EBS labs are awesome!  The quality and quantity of content is beyond exceptional.  I’ve seen 2 solid 10 hour days of SBS and EBS content and opportunity presentations by some of the actual product team leaders.   I’ve ...

The SBSC Logo is Worthless…

Friday, April 4th, 2008

...if you don't do the right thing for your customers.  In reading a dear friend's blog today about being sticky, Andy mentioned repeatedly that the key to success in small business is actually about putting the client's interest first.  Check out this wisdom where Andy writes: Well you don’t become a ...

Dell says "Doh!"

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Why does Dell keep going to channel events and embarrassing themselves?  Last year they went before the same channel VARS and asked if we trusted them (see Spelled Dell or Duh!). Karl Palachuk reports live from XCHANGE in SoCal that Dell's basic message (only 6 months after asking if we trust ...

Recession Declared OVER!

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Thanks Karl for making the declaration.  I'm not sure how something that never existed can be over but I couldn't agree more either way.   I may have slept through economics but I do know what my peers and customers are telling me.  Between the news and the fear manipulation being ...