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nGenx announced earlier this week an enhanced partner program for MSPs, which nGenx said will provide partners with an advantage in the desktop-as-a-service and application virtualization space.
The partner program includes a partner platform, one-on-one technology and processes training and eligibility to sell multi-vendor hosted desktop technologies, including Office 365.
“nGenx is ideally positioned to lead the shift from the traditional desktop to the more cost-effective and simple to manage DaaS environment,” said Max Pruger, chief sales officer, nGenx. “More importantly, we’re doing so in a way that is built and designed to benefit MSPs. As a partner-focused organization, we minimize partner conflict while striving to maximize collaboration across our partner ecosystem to drive rapid ROI and success.”
MSPs can sign up for the partner program here.
D&H Distributing will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the New England Technology August 11, with sessions throughout the day covering Windows 10, SMBs and the future of business and IT.
The show will include more than 60 vendor partners, as well as presenters Microsoft, Dell, Cisco, Intel, HP and Lenovo. D&H will host refurb and incentives booths, highlighting its refurbishing and rewards programs, respectively.
“The New England Show was the first-ever of our trade shows, which we established both to help our resellers develop business and to thank them for their loyalty,” said Mary Campbell, vice president of marketing at D&H. “We have made good on an enduring tradition delivering the tools our resellers need to be successful, to grow, to acquire new competencies, and to leverage emerging trends. As we move forward with dynamic market launches such as Windows 10, we will continue to support our resellers in their efforts to be more competitive and profitable.”
D&H customers can register for free here.
Today’s business marketplace is presenting you with a gi-normous business opportunity. And, now, you can tap it from the comfortable confines of your email inbox.
Then, say hello to BizTechXperts.com, a brand new property officially launching at CompTIA 2015 ChannelCon this week in Chicago.
BizTechXperts, a joint venture between Harry Brelsford's SMB Nation and my own MediaArchiTECHs, is devoted to helping businesses choose the technologies on which they live and breath, but in a unique way — by providing one-to-one advice from qualified, verified, and identified IT experts just like you.
Hear that? Just like you.
Along with opening the doors to the site, we’re also signing up qualified experts — sorry, we won't take just anyone — from among the thousands of MSPs, CSPs, resellers, ISVs, and integrators who have long been part of the SMBNation community.
'You can join our expert network by filling out this brief form. And, oh, for now, it’s free to you.'
But there’s a far bigger economic incentive here for you: If you’re one of our experts, we match you to highly qualified leads you can quickly and easily nurture.
You’re wondering, I know: What’s the catch? Is this another forum?
No! Forums fail. Whether you’re seeking an answer or giving one, you have to go to separate place. Then you have to hunt and peck. Bleh!
BizTechXperts is better. At its heart-and-soul is a smart Q&A platform based on cutting-edge natural-language processing technologies that, in the end, gets you a highly qualified lead in the form of an advice seeker. You can try it by typing a question into the little widget on the upper right side of this very page.
NOT 'SPRAY AND PRAY.' Natural-language processing and machine learning allows the platform to accurately 'understand' a question so it can be matched to an expert.
When you receive a question, it's accompanied by all the things you typically get with a lead, except for this: It's even more qualified because the question itself contains explicit or implicit signals about the prospect.
What’s more, the platform allows a back-and-forth with the the advice seeker — your prospect — until you’re both ready to connect by phone or your own email addresses.
Think of it as a micro-consulting engagement en route to a recurring revenue contract.
Along with the it’s smart Q&A platform, BizTechXperts is also a complete marketplace, where business buyers can browse reviews, product listings, and — in another free spiff to you — a directory of IT partners like this one from IT Total Care or this one for the Computer Information Agency.
If you’re a product maker or developer, you’re welcome to join this party. You can showcase your product with a basic product listing for free or a rich, paid listing.
Have questions? Sure you do. So we have answers. Go to our FAQ for prospective experts.
Finally, while BizTechXperts brings one other big advantage to the table. Under the uber-brand, we’re launching contextually targeted expert “hubs.” Among the first: One dedicated to Office 365.
These hubs, which we’ll launch around products, technologies, product segments, and verticals, provide the advantage creating a highly authoritative, search friendly destinations of experts, their answers, and other kinds of content.
Please take a look. Apply to join our network. If you’re an IT consultant, MSP, CSP, reseller, get a free listing.
And by all means, feel free to contact us with feedback, questions, or other ways you can participate.
Haulpass V60 uses the license-free 60 GHz millimeter wave radio band and supports connections to line-of-sight destinations. Consumers can combine multiple systems to span larger distances, such as business headquarters or college campuses.
“Our attendees were very impressed with the HaulPass V60 wireless technology,” said Dave Seibert, SMB TechFest co-founder and CIO of IT Innovators. “The product provides an easy, cost-effective way for companies, network operators, solution providers, and mobile carriers to extend their high-speed networks in situations that would otherwise be impossible or cost prohibitive.”
SMB TechFest showcases new IT technology developments quarterly in California.
Data protection is a key concern for businesses operating in cloud, on-premises and hybrid platforms, and just as malware and viruses become more sophisticated, so do solutions designed to protect business’ private communications and data.
Sharegate, an Office 365 and SharePoint Management tool, released today a new version of its software, which includes the new Permissions Matrix Report and improved security enforcing features.
"CIOs and IT admins are most preoccupied by the security of their organization's data than anything else, and it's perfectly understandable. Although Office 365 is as secure as it gets in terms of Cloud platforms, Sharegate adds an extra layer of tranquility that's highly needed and welcome," CEO Simon De Baene said. "It's one thing to provide a simple tool to move to Office 365. But once you get there, there's plenty more you need to do, like secure your environment or organize your SharePoint content, and that's exactly what Sharegate brings to the table."