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RapidFire Tools Products Earn Awards at SMB Tech Fest conference, ASCII Success Summit Event

RapidFire Tools Inc., a provider of non-invasive IT assessment tools, announced today it was recognized at two events serving the MSP and SMB marketplace in April.

RapidFire Tools earned “Best Revenue Model” at the SMB Tech Fest conference and “Best IT Workshop” at The ASCII Group’s Success Summit event in Dallas, marking its third and fourth conference awards.

“The use of our tools helps support MSPs, positioning them as trusted authorities whose IT skills surpass those of the end-user’s current provider by consistently identifying network vulnerabilities,” CEO Mike Mittel said. “This tactic opens the door to new business, creating incremental revenue streams for MSPs and growing their customer bases. We’re honored to see this strategy acknowledged by our partners at not just one conference, but at a growing list of industry events.”

RapidFire Tools is scheduled to exhibit and present “Leveraging Network Assessment to Gain New Customers” at the Autotask Community Live! event and the Chicago ASCII Group Success Summit.

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Microsoft WPC: Now versus Then – 2013 vs. 2003

This year’s Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) is interesting to me as it allows a moment of reflection. Ten years ago, WPC 2003 in New Orleans was focused on SMB and the Windows Small Business Server 2003 (SBS) launch. In 2013, on day one, I was hard-pressed to “hear” the term SMB in any of the keynotes. Sure, Tami Reller, CMO and CFO-Windows, mentioned SMB once in passing, but it wasn’t the same. Rather – the conference messaging pillars were much more focused on the enterprise with BIG DATA, Cloud, Enterprise Social and Devices and Mobility. You will see more SMB messaging in the breakouts and Cindy Bates “Regional Keynote” on Thursday but it’s not 2003, baby.

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