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 Thank you to all who participated in our security survey. We hit our goal for our response rate this year and are excited about the information we received.

After a year of changes many business owners are pondering their dreams of deals after a record year for global tech.  With the major changes and disruptions that took place in 2020 and 2021 many companies have not only innovated but created opportunities in the market.  With so much technology adoption,

Every successful executive and entrepreneur will tell you, their most important asset is their network,  and not their social media network but the network of people they actually know and work with.  Not only does relationship building pertain to individuals it also plays a huge role in a businesses success. 

After missing a year due to the pandemic Harry met up with Rico and Steve from Help Desk Cavalary to recap the IT Nation Conference.  After a full agenda of educational classes, hallway 101, and an exhibit hall both Rico and Steve said “ It was great to be back  after two years getting to see people, shaking hands and talking along  side them.” 

As of November 1st Microsoft changed its minimum version requirements for connecting Outlook for Windows to Office 365.    Outlook 2013 Service Pack 1 and later will be able to connect to Microsoft 365, however, older versions will no longer be able to connect to these services.  With these changes Microsoft is hoping to improve security of it services.

As in person meetings and events resume all over the United States, many conferences are implementing another layer of health securities.  To provide ease and bring confidence to attendees many conferences are introducing pre event, onsite, rapid Covid-19 antigen testing for attendees.  Harry Brelsford recently attended the Acronis conference where he experienced onsite conference testing first hand. 

With security threats on the rise (there has been a 300% increase this year in ransomware attacks), many small and medium businesses are concerned they may be next.  To address this concern Microsoft has designed Microsoft Defender for business which is an new endpoint security solution that brings enterprise grade security to small and medium businesses. 

The channel has grown and changed over the years from VARs and Resellers to Solution Providers or MSPs.  With the vast shift over the years some wonder if we should even be called “the channel” anymore.   

In July of 2022 industry veteran Patrick Pulvermueller joined Acronis as there CEO.  With an extensive background in product development, a stint at GoDaddy and many executive positions in his career Pulvermueller is a great fit.  Harry gets a moment at the Acronis Cyberfit conference to chat with Patrick about the three things he is focusing on in his new role and what he sees for the future of Acronis. 

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As our industry enters the 3rd wave of the cloud, it's both an exciting and a challenging time to be an MSP focused on the cloud. Partners are seeing even higher volumes of cloud adoption, a differentiated focus on security and the mainstreaming of hybrid work models. Accelerated SMB demand in this wave will also drive ITSPs to rapidly expand cloud support, administration and data protection models.