Small business owners are already thinking ahead to 2018, with a recent survey suggesting they are excited to bring new ideas to fruition but challenged to stay on top of advancing technology. In fact, 90 percent of small business owners plan to hire one to two new employees in the upcoming year, just one of the many ways in which small businesses are poised to evolve and expand, according to the results of a new nationwide survey released by Microsoft Store.*

WatchGuard Adds Autotask Integration to Simplify Managed Security Services

MSSPs using WatchGuard and Autotask now benefit from closed-looped service ticketing and synchronization of asset Information

SEATTLE – November 7, 2017 – WatchGuard® Technologies, a leader in advanced network security solutions, today announced the launch of an integration with Autotask’s Professional Services Automation (PSA) platform. Autotask PSA is a leading cloud-based platform used worldwide by managed security service providers (MSSPs), Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and IT Service Providers (ITSPs). The integration streamlines network security management through automated, closed-looped service ticketing, and synchronization of customers’ security asset information.

Folks are always asking “Harry – how can I support SMB Nation?”  Well we have the answer that combines passion, professionalism and proactivity! 

On Cyber Monday - watch our broadcast on LiveShopCast at 4pm Pacific (November 27) as we give it our all for community and offer you the ability to purchase cycling feed bags. Sign up HERE!

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As you know, the staff at SMB Nation are passionate and avid bikers (road and mountain). Folks who attended the infamous SMB Nation 2005 fall conference received a yellow cycling jacket, the likes of which are still seen today in numerous MSP events!

Fast forward to today and you can buy SMB Nation goods and help support a great professional community.

Finally, you can proactively help the environment. For example, did you notice when you travel that airports have a water bottle fill-up fountain next to the water fountains? Yep – and the digital signage even tells you how many one time use plastic water bottles have been saved by using your own water bottle. So start that good behavior with your own SMB Nation water bottle. 

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You can now purcahse the SMB Nation Cycling Jacket ($80 plus shipping) and the SMB Nation Cycling Feed Bag ($15 plus shipping). Just click on the images below to start your transaction! 

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Did you know? The cloud presents an unprecedented opportunity to transform and scale your MSP business while saving costs for your customers, and it is easier to do than you think.

SMB Nation Webinar: Thursday, Oct 26, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT

Presented by: Harry Brelsford, and Rob Waggoner

Move any application, desktop, or workload to the Microsoft Azure cloud. Empower customers with anywhere, any device access for apps and desktops. And bundle with existing expertise and value-add services to grow your customer base and profit margin. Today, you don’t need to be a cloud or Azure expert to expand your offering, discover the right tools to build your cloud practice.

Did you know? The cloud presents an unprecedented opportunity to transform and scale your MSP business while saving costs for your customers, and it is easier to do than you think.

Why haven’t you embraced the cloud yet?

SMB Nation Webinar: Friday, Sep 29, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT

Presented by: Harry Brelsford, and Jason Buffington

DRaaS solutions are fast becoming a popular data protection solution, and for good reason. They offer significant cost savings compared to traditional on-prem models, with no up-front expenditures necessary. Plus, many businesses are attracted to their low-maintenance setup process and specialized, on-demand support.

When an organization is trying to get out ahead of the market and truly innovate, they have no choice but to find new language to describe what they have developed. Often, however, it’s not the company that invented the technology that gets the credit, but the one that coins the phrase that gets adopted by the marketplace. An excellent case in point is the term “next-generation Fortinetfirewall” (NGFW). Of course, the technology behind this category of device had been around for a long time.

3Q MSP Analyst Report
SMB Nation Webinar: Thu, Sep 21, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT

Presented by: Harry Brelsford, and AJ Singh

Ransomware has become the poster child of cybersecurity threats for businesses of all types and end users alike, as well as the preferred money extortion tool for hackers and cybercriminals. With its impressive ability to evolve and bypass traditional data protection solutions, this is hardly surprising. The potential outcomes of an attack are highly detrimental, including critical data loss, lowered productivity and damaged brand reputation.