Retail tech VARs: Here’s your chance to steal a page from a titan’s playbook. MSPs: Here’s your chance to go after some business that 99.9 percent of the retail tech VARs who read this will ignore.
While his story serves as an instructive case study in vertical specialization, Fluid Designs’ service to the legal vertical wasn’t the result of some grand plan hatched 19 years ago when a teenage Louissaint discovered he could make money using his IT skills.
I just returned from the Ingram Micro ONE event in Washington, DC and here’s what I liked most about it. If I’ve heard one vendor or distributor exec implore a crowd of their VAR and MSP customers to do something innovative, something non-traditional, with their clients, I’ve heard a million.
If Geek Squad is a nursery school for MSPs, its founder Robert Stephens, is the headmaster. I sat down with Stephens in Phoenix last week at the SolarWinds Empower user conference. Among many interesting points in our conversation were exchanges about IT services marketing and pricing.
Attorney to the channel stars Bradley Gross tells us why contracting and corporate structure are Achilles heels to many VARs and MSPs — and what to do about it now.
Newly appointed Federal Resources President Jeremy Young is in the throes of moving the headquarters of his company from Northern Virginia to his hometown of Erie, PA. The move is interesting to say the least, given the 20-year-old company’s history of providing IT modernization and, more recently, cybersecurity and cloud services to clients primarily in and associated with the federal government.
I think it’s pretty cool to see relatively young professionals like Nikolai Vargas climb the ranks from entry-level systems engineer positions to the C-suite in short order. It’s even more intriguing when said young professional’s prior career experience consists of positions as writing instructor and literary agent, jobs much more aligned with a B.A. in English and literature and an M.A. in the humanities.
IT value propositions should never be canned.Why do IT service providers try to sell them that way?
The work my friend and colleague Abby Sorensen put into the IT Channel is paying dividends even after she shifted her focus to the greater software business community. Last week at its RetailNOW event, the Retail Solutions Providers Association’s Women-to-Women (W2W) Committee named her its 2018 Leader Of The Year. Committee Chair and business owner Kelli Stewart, owner/operations manager at Advanced Data Systems, bestowed the honors from the mainstage.
Men outnumber women in this industry by something on the order of 8 to 2, and the margin is even wider in the c-suite. By and large, we’re the ones approving salaries, greenlighting recruits, and setting the cultural tones of our companies. That requires us to be involved in solving the pay gap, recruiting more women into the field, and most importantly, driving cultures that demand equal respect across gender lines. None of that will happen if we’re not talking about it.