To this day, there is still an opportunity for a “void filler” to satisfy the demand for telecom in small business, created by the abrupt departure of Microsoft Response Point in 2009/2010, and the slow fade of the Cisco small business phone systems a la its refocus on the enterprise. The very first one in the world was awarded to Jamison West (pictured at right in white shirt), a Seattle-based MSP, as part of the SMB Nation Spring Conference prize drawings.
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You and I have chosen a “geek life,” and we must live with the consequences. That means the SMB landscape changes very fast and can surprise even ardent analysts, much less day-to-day practitioners. Almost in a stealth mode, Dell has acquired several capable SMB players as it works to build a comprehensive solutions portfolio.
We recently received news that Melanie Gass, A.K.A. the “Microsoft Princess”, will be attending the 7th Annual SMB Nation Spring Conference. I had the opportunity to speak with Melanie yesterday about the upcoming show, her work in the channel, and her live satellite radio show, which she broadcasts every Tuesday from New York City.
Whenever I hear the term “Spring Fever,” I think back to my days as an elementary school student at the local Catholic school in my town. I remember my Second Grade teacher, appropriately named Mrs. Swords (if you looked in her direction she would stare back at you with these piercing eyes that were actually like swords), would call out all the lazy kids in the class hollering out: “What have you got Spring Fever or something??!!”
SMB Nation has released the final results of the 2013 SMB 150 contest, currently available at www.smb150.com. The SMB 150, a collaboration of SMB Nation and SMB Technology Network, recognizes the top 150 influencers within the worldwide SMB technology channel. Influencers include IT consultants, analysts, VARs, MSPs, channel consultants, vendor and distributor executives, members of the media and community leaders.
It is with great sadness to report that John Harris, vice president for Seattle-based Network Support for Small Business, has passed. John drove success in the Small Business Server community for over 13 years in this role, serving numerous Seattle-based businesses with his expertise. Many readers will recall John’s active community participation in the Puget Sound Small Business Server (PSSBS) user group. He was a young 66-years old, and just a few days shy of turning 67.
Here we go again! As I do each week, I am really enjoying bringing our readers a quick round-up of the blog coverage I didn’t manage to get to during the week prior.
A reminder that voting has been extended to Feb. 22 for the 3rd Annual SMB Nation 150 Awards; go to www.SMB150.com, to vote for all of your industry favorites…