Five years ago this month, Microsoft announced the end of the popular Microsoft Small Business Server (SBS) product family. A minor announcement made over the slow July 4th holiday weekend in 2012 was rapidly picked up by the community and everyone had an opinion. SBSers were given an 18-month runway to retire/migrate or otherwise mitigate the drop dead date of SBS (December 31, 2013).
It’s the mean season at Microsoft with targeted SMB-related treams caught in the reorg wave and then the “how does it play out” conversations at the annual partner conference underway in Washington DC (now called Inspire; formerly Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC)). Here’s my take on it: shelter in place until the next quarter starting October 1, 2017.
If you are a Microsoft partner at the "Network" level then it's highly likely, especially in the U.S., that you must renew your Microsoft Action Pack subscription by the end of today, June 30th for your Office 365 and Azure instances to continue working, etc. It's also possible you will need to also renew your overall Microsoft Partner Network membership as well - that will likely vary on a case-by-case basis. I'm aware of Danny in Toronto, ON Canada who can't renew until tomorrow, July 1st.
By: Lisa Shorr, Certified Image Consultant & Brand Building Specialist
You all know them, THAT employee in the office or colleague that just doesn’t get it. That person who rolls their eyes or always responds to your questions in an exasperated, angry tone. Are you picturing “that” co-worker in your mind? I knew you were! Every office has one or maybe two. I call them the “Culture Crusher.”
by Oliver Schabenberger
To prepare for IoT, companies need to take advantage of big data and advanced analytics, and adapt their culture, so they are ready for the transformation.
In the early 1990s, the general public made its earliest forays into using the Internet. At the time, no one could have imagined where the technology would lead. Social media, e-commerce, mobile apps, cloud computing, software as a service -- the list is endless.
If you’ve been attending our six part MSP Tech Talk series, You know that we’ve enjoyed an ongoing dialog with Synnex about moving from the Microsoft Cloud Advisor model to the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partner role (spoiler alert – there is a June 30, 2017 deadline to do this). Synnex is leading the conversation in the SMB Nation community.
But it begs the question. What is Synnex?
Here is what I found in my research looking at
Before the summer recess, one more ask. If you could participate in our quarterly community survey, we would greatly appreciate it.
The survey asks you to essentially profile yourself. Why? Because we want you to help us help you. The more insights and visibility we have into what makes you tick, the better job we can do.
As Aa technology community, we want to insure we are on target in our relationship with you. Your feedback also helps us exist as a community as we engage with like-minded community sponsors who support what we do.
The fifth iteration of DattaCon is well underway with over 1,000 partners attending. It’s grown significantly in part because it has a major reason for being – the underlying Datto technologies that the partners want to learn more about.
This morning’s slew of keynotes featured CEO Austin McChord making a variety of announcements. Most made perfect sense with respect to a portfolio product roadmap. I question one initiative and I’ll get to that in a moment.
Looking back at the recent Lenovo Accelerate 2017 event in Orlando, I thought one executive conversation might be a fun exercise in letting the evidence take us where it leads us. Let’s get started. If you are an MSP starting up or starting over, Lenovo might be a good fit.
Sammy Kinlaw, NA Channel Chief
Kinlaw is someone who takes fun seriously,
Long-time SMB Nation readers will recall my mobile phone journey from Apple to BlackBerry to Windows Phone. Today I’m limping along with an aging Nokia 1020 that I originally purchased for its state of the art camera (40+ megapixels). That’s right