Archive for June, 2008

Is Autotask Sincere?

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

This blog is in response to a posting by Josh Clifford of where he seems questions the sincerity of Autotask's involvement with the community.  I would have commented back directly on his blog but I don't have an account with his site (yet).  Hopefully this adds a pingback. My answer?  Absolutely ...

Free SMB Nation Conference Passes Drawing

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

This just in from our friends at Calyptix: If you find yourself downing multiple shots of espresso to stay awake for those late night tech support issues, Seattle may be beckoning you.  Not only can Seattle claim to be the birthplace of the coffee revolution, it also boasts an organization known ...

Microsoft Campus Goes Greener

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

As if they were not green enough here at the Redmond campus, they just took the global cooling imitative higher.  So I'm here in Redmond at Bld 40 doing what we do here and I come out of the meeting room for an afternoon break to find that the entire kitchen ...

Dell’s Dilemma is our Dilemma Too

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

After attending a boardroom meeting with several newly acquired Dell Direct Reseller employees at the Gartner IT Channel  Vision event I walked away with more questions than answers.   I understand the priority for Dell is shareholders first, customers second and partners third.  Clearly there is mixed opinion among us in ...

Paige Leaves Helm Of US SBSC Program - New Flautist for G&V Sought

Friday, June 13th, 2008

While Microsoft was quick to recognize the amazing talent of Paige Boesen and move her to yet another new critical position working on a key strategic initiative, we do not know if she will be joining us for a G&V reunion tour this fall.  Bob Nelson will be attempting to ...

My YouTube Video of the Week

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

OK, so I don't actually have  regular "Video of the Week" blog but if I did, this one would be on it.  While it may be an older video, it gets funnier and funnier each time I watch it.  Dave Sobel, this one if for you!

Microsoft Task Market Opens for Preview

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

While there is good money selling solution and services sometimes it's nice to earn a nickel or two doing small projects that are second nature to us.  Call it EBay money if you will ;-).  Microsoft is testing the waters on a new intermediary/broker solution to bring those that need ...

Matt’s Makowicz’s New MSP Marketing Book

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

I hate to blog this as you may be one of my competitors but my rule is to do what is right for the end user and the community.  I believe that Managed Services IS right for many customers but we do a poor job of helping them understand the ...

Virtualization in SMB

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

While participating in Dave Sobel's SMB Community Comment request endeavor is optional, understanding virtualization is NOT.  If you plan to survive you need to stay current in technology and virtualization is not just another fad, it's the both now and the future.  Check out Dave's blog posting for just a ...

SIP 101

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Need a lesson on SIP (Session Initiated Protocol), the standard protocol for most VoIP calls?  I just found this old video (Jan 2006) of me presenting SIP 101 to the Carolina IT Pro Group here in Charlotte.  It's the first time I ever presented in front of more than 200 ...