Pinch me but it’s true. I’ve been covering IBM for over a decade at its annual partner events, the retired LotusSphere and now THINK. My job is to make sure two audiences keep IBM top-of-mind for what I feel it does best: Analytics,

Long-time technology channel executive Rob Spee reached out late last year while I was skiing on holiday break to connect on his new podcast series. Spee is a thinking man and this thoughtful interview draws out a few key themes that are central to my mission as a “guide-by-the-side” MSP motion.

I gave it a go but it’s now no no to GoGo.

I travel frequently and value my time. In 2018 I went all in for the monthly GoGo pass on my primary carrier, Alaska Airlines. I will not repeat.

This is a deep dive double-click into the recent acquisition of CMIT by Craftsman Capital (Dallas, TX) as part of a long-term franchise growth strategy. In this interview with Jeff Connally, CEO of CMIT, we discover a lot about the acquisition.

Part of my MSP mission is to put the “B” — as in “business” — back in SMB!  Woven into this blog is something that’s frequently overlooked in the real world of SMB consulting and completely absent in many courses taught at Microsoft Certified Technical Education Centers: business planning.

The technology conference space focused on small and medium business (SMB) managed services providers (MSP) remains crowded. As one or two shows disappear, a like amount emerges. Such is life

I'm updating my original SMB Consulting Best Practices thesis from the Windows Small Business Server (SBS) era with new deep insights into what it takes to be a professional information technology services provider.  I'll impart my thoughts over the next few weeks to help you start the year right as a managed services provider (MSP).

A real do’er in the channel community, Rob Spee shares updates and insights into the channel for 2019. Spee recently exited the Big Data stats firm SAS and is primarily focused on his Channel Journeys thought leadership podcasts and more.

In the recent Tech Tuesday segment on Northwest Digital News, I caught up with a busy Karl Palachuk at the NexGen conference in Anaheim, CA. Palachuk is best known for his exceptional operational acumen and

Join everyone at SMB Nation in congratulating Alice Stevenson, CEO and founder of Geeks@Site, as the first recipient of our grand prize in the Small Business Saturday contest that concluded on November 24, 2018. Stevenson directs a multi-faceted technology solutions practice with niches in

SMB Nation members might wonder why I’m doing a motivational evergreen piece instead of more Geek Gifts this holiday season. The answer is simple. Man can not live by geeking alone. There is a time and place to look up and look in the mirror.

In my vid below, you will witness is was a dark and stormy winter day in Seattle on Cyber Monday 2018. Perfect for online shopping in your house shoes all cozy. By the numbers, this Cyber Monday report double-digit growth (again) but the law of large numbers is starting to kick in as we’re not talking triple digit