PeterEnglerBy Pete Engler

There is no denying the emerging prevalence of cloud services within the technology industry. No longer are we solely relying on premises-based technologies to keep our day-to-day business activities going, but are, instead, deploying cloud technologies and accessing them from remote locations. While it seems that everyone is jumping on the new cloud services trend, it leaves many people wondering how it is affecting the traditional business channels, specifically its impact on distributors.

SMB Nation Webinar Thursday, November 10th, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO at SMB Nation, and Steve DaglessTransVault Director of Product Management

Organizations maintaining an archive today have an additional challenge when moving to Office 365.

YOU’RE INVITED TO THE CHANNELPRO SMB FORUM LIVE EVENTS! Give us one day and we'll send you home with all the expert sales, marketing, product, and operations advice you need to grow your I.T. revenue and boost your bottom line. 


Who should attend:

I.T. Resellers, MSPs, solution providers, and consultants looking for concrete, practical advice on building a healthier bottom line.


Event Location:

Boston November 3rd


SMB Nation Webinar Thursday, October 13th, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO at SMB Nation, and Chris Sterbenc Channel Chief, SVP of Sales at Infrascale

According to a recent study, 91% of responding MSPs say their customers have recently been victimized by ransomware and 40% experienced six or more

Atera, developer of the cloud-based IT automation platform that combines Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM software), Professional Services Automation (PSA), and remote access into one powerful solution, today announced that it has partnered with Webroot ,the market leader in next-generation endpoint security and cloud-based collective threat intelligence. The partnership will offer managed service providers (MSPs) a seamless integration of Atera’s MSP software solution and Webroot’s next-generation endpoint security powered by cloud-based collective threat intelligence. 

“With the increased threat of ransomware attacks,

Our own Grant Thompson, Chief Storytelling Officer on the Tour de Cloud roadshow and Solutions Architect at MG Technology Group, is at Microsoft Ignite this week. On Monday morning, Microsoft announced a new partnership with Adobe.

Azure is now the preferred cloud platform for Adobe cloud services and Adobe is now the preferred provider of cloud based creativity tools.

adobe azure announcement

The significance of this relates to Dynamics 365 (CRM). As Microsoft Azure grows and expands capabilities - including analytics, it is set to be one of the most powerful sales, marketing and business tools available. Adobe has the leading suite of creative tools.

This partnership will create a platform for data-driven sales and marketing capabilities.

"The two companies are collaborating on data integrations to ensure customers can easily work across Adobe Marketing Cloud and Dynamics 365 business applications, leveraging artificial intelligence, machine learning and advance analytics. Customers will be able to use these integrations across Adobe and Microsoft solutions. The underlying data models will be extensible to enterprise customers, as well as third-party developers and partners, which will foster innovation and development across a shared ecosystem."

Once again I see the cloud bringing two tier enterprise solutions to the SMB affordably. Dynamics integrates with Office 365 and also has the ability to easily integrate with social media, email and other marketing channels.

IMPORTANT: If you are attending Ignite in Atlanta, Grant is hosting a community roundtable at 4pm Eastern on September 28th in room C206. Meet him outside. This is your chance to offer community feedback that will be communicated to Microsoft via the back channel - where stuff really gets done

 Be sure to attend the Tour de Cloud workshops being delivered across the USA this fall. Grant is the lead instructor. More details at - editor 

SQLSoft3, SMB Nation, and Microsoft, have turned October and November into SQLSoft3’s Microsoft Azure Extravaganza with FREE Azure Webinars, deals on Guaranteed-to-Run Azure classes, and Azure certification assistance with discounted Microsoft Certification Exam Vouchers.

The biggest challenge that people have, besides pronouncing the word "Azure" correctly, is finding a way to get a leg up

SMB Nation Webinar Thursday, September 29th, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO at SMB Nation, and Anthony Graziano at SherWeb

Microsoft recently announced important changes to the Online Services Advisor (OSA) program. 

SMB Nation Webinar Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO at SMB Nation, and Martin Merrell

Whether a system is virtual or physical shouldn’t matter to your backup and disaster recovery solution. But you need to protect your organization’s systems, applications, and data regardless of where they live.

By Pete Engler

With today’s emphasis on “modern” marketing, we’re told we need to understand who and where our prospective clients are so that we can help guide the decision-making process. Is it really possible to influence your customer’s buying decision? Who are your customers, and where do you find them? As a technology reseller, you’ve likely tried to answer all of these questions in an effort to increase sales. Here are some basic considerations for reaching and influencing your buyers.

Ben Austin, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Continuum Managed Services

Managed services providers (MSPs) are trusted advisors to their clients. By acting as virtual CIO (VCIO), safeguarding the health of IT environments and maximizing the ROI of their clients’ IT budgets, MSPs are responsible for increasing the business efficiency and profitability of the organizations they serve. This relationship is often started with the implied trust of a customer that their MSP will deliver as promised in the sales cycle.

New technology allows rapid boot of backup images directly on VMware ESXi hosts

            DRAPER, Utah, -- Aug. 30, 2016 -- Global backup and disaster recovery leader, StorageCraft® Technology Corp., announced the release of StorageCraft VirtualBoot™ for vSphere, a new technology that makes the recovery of data and systems exponentially faster and more efficient.