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Jul 18, 2012

July 2012:

Welcome to the new SMB Community Podcast

My plan is to make this a permanent archive for my various podcasts.

We are now moved over the SMB Community Podcasts, as well as archived podcasts from the SMB Conference Call and Cloud Services Roundtable.

New podcasts will be posted here. Older podcasts will be stored in archives.

Feel free to download as many as you want. Send me feedback if you have any.

– karlp

Jul 18, 2012

July 2012:

Welcome to the new SMB Community Podcast

My plan is to make this a permanent archive for my various podcasts.

We are now moved over the SMB Community Podcasts, as well as archived podcasts from the SMB Conference Call and Cloud Services Roundtable.

New podcasts will be posted here. Older podcasts will be stored in archives.

Feel free to download as many as you want. Send me feedback if you have any.

– karlp

Jul 18, 2012
This article was originally posted June 23, 2012 on Cloud Services Roundtable.

SMB Community Podcast: Chatting with Jeannine Edwards and Erinn Davis

Fifteen minutes of information and commentary.

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I caught up with Jeannine Edwards (ConnectWise) and Erinn Davis (LabTech Software) and had a great discussion about what’s new, the community, IT Nation, and what they see for the SMB Community in the year ahead.

 

Download the podcast here.

Jeannine is the Director of Community for ConnectWise, LabTech, and Quosal. Erinn is the Community Manager at LabTech Software. Their job is to nuture the complete communication cycle between the ConnectWise / LabTech / Quosal family of products and their clients.

One of the best guidelines these folks have is: “If it can be monitored and managed,  it can be put in a contract.” (And of course it can then become recurring revenue.) In the end, it’s all about predictable costs for the client and predictable revenue for the consultant.

Jeannine will be one of the keynote speakers at the SMB Online Conference next week. Her talk there is on Five Proven Strategies to Triple Your Cloud Profits – Even If You Have No Cloud Strategy Today. Read more about that at www.smbonlineconference.com.

 

Our discussion covered cloud services, the hype in the market, the future of growth in our business, and a lot more! Check it out.

For more information, see

– www.connectwise.com

– www.labtechsoftware.com

– www.quosal.com

– www.TheITNation.com

– Facebook.com/connectwise

– Facebook.com/labtechsoftware

– Twitter.com/connectwise

– Twitter.com/labtechsoftware

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Jul 18, 2012
This article was originally posted June 16, 2012 on Cloud Services Roundtable.

Freeday Friday Report: Three Conferences in Eight Days

This is a very different Freeday Friday podcast . . . and the last one we’ll produce.

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My report on IT Pro Conference in New Orleans. “Trusted Identity” and what it means in the big picture. A few comments on delegation of trust and what that means to our clients.

My recommendations based on the topics from this conference. I talk a bit about the kinds of white papers and “lunch and learn” seminars you might create on cloud computing, modern security concerns, BYOD, and mixed (Windows/Non-Windows) environments.

Then I talk about the Autotask conference and their expansion into international markets. After that I went to TechEd North America and the “Birds of a Feather” sessions I moderated there. In addition to the community activities at TechEd, I report on a cool new laptop and a bit about Server 2012.

My presentation on Relax Focus Succeed and work/life balance was very popular. Holy smokes. They cut off registration when they realized it was at 162% of capacity for the room. My Birds of a Feather presentation on publishing was also pretty popular (though far less crowded) and included publisher reps from Microsoft, Wiley, and O’Reilly.

I spent some time with Jerry from ASCII and Thomas Dawkins from Microsoft Technical Communities. Thomas and I recorded a podcast that I’ll post up in a few days. Stay tuned for that.

Anyway . . . Here’s my report on the three conferences I attended over eight days of travel. Total time for this is about 25 minutes.

The last few minutes is an announcement that we are no longer going to produce the Freeday Friday podcasts. I’ll talk more about this in my weekly newsletter. You can subscribe to that at http://www.mcssl.com/app/contact.asp?id=75012.

Download the podcast here.

For more good information, please see my blog at http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com.

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Jul 18, 2012
This article was originally posted June 15, 2012 on Cloud Services Roundtable.

Thomas Dawkins Introduces Microsoft Technical Communities

 

While attending the Microsoft TechEd North America conference last week, I literally ran into Thomas Dawkins just wandering the floor. Thomas is a senior IT Pro Audience Marketing Manager at Microsoft. He is responsible for relationships with IT Pro Groups and User Groups.

In this interview Thomas gave us some hints about the community involvement for the year ahead. Microsoft Technical Communities will officially be launched next fiscal year (next month). Services include helping user groups with speakers, funding, and training. It is also clear that Microsoft is engaging groups in many other markets besides the “small and medium” market we know so well.

If you listen carefully, you’ll hear a very big hint about funding for groups and product launches. For more information, see the new site at www.technicalcommunities.com (content will be up once the program is officially announced).

Download the Interview with Thomas Dawkins (Time 4:41)

 

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Jul 18, 2012
This article was originally posted June 15, 2012 on Cloud Services Roundtable.

Len DiCostanzo Reports on Autotask Community Live 2012

 

June 2012 – Orlando, FL – A buncha people gathered in Orlando for the Autotask Community Live conference. This is, of course, a very product-specific conference. Many of the panels were run by users. The coolest thing about that is that 83% of the attendees were first-time attendees, so they were eager to find out how others are using the tool.

 

We had a great time learning about what’s new with Autotask and what’s planned for the year ahead. I interviewed Len DiCostanzo, Senior Vice President, Community and Business Development for Autotask. Obviously, Len was super-busy. So we were lucky to grab a few minutes.

Len gave me some great information, including that 83% stat above. Over 90 sessions, more than 70 run by customers. You can tell from this interview that he is very jazzed about the entire event and enjoyed it like the rest of us. For more information on Autotask, please visitwww.autotask.com.

Download the Interview with Len DiCostanzo (Time 3:53)

 

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Jul 18, 2012
This article was originally posted June 15, 2012 on Cloud Services Roundtable.

Mark Moreno Gives a Mid-Market Perspective on some SMB Events

 

One of my favorite people in the SMB/MSP space is Mark Moreno from C & M Support Services. I think I first met Mark at the IT Pro Conference in New Orleans five years ago. But I also see him at SMB Nation and several other events. In the last ten days I ran into Mark at two separate conferences: the 2012 IT Pro Conference and Autotask Community Live.

 

Both Mark and I flew straight from New Orleans (the IT Pro Conference – see this blog post) to Orlando. So no time off for good behavior. Um . . . I guess that’s appropriate. Anyway, we had a great time learning about challenges and opportunities in consulting today. It’s actually pretty nice to jump in with both feet and totally immerse yourself in the business side of your business for a week or so.

Mark is known as “Christ’s IT Guy.” He specializes in helping large churches with their technology needs. He often works more in the mid-market rather than the SMB space. But he also does a lot of Small Business Server installations because there are plenty of businesses that have a lot of employees but only 10-50 actual computer users. Of course Mark is an Autotask user.

Mark talks to us about the Third Tier “Brain Explosion” preday event for the IT Pro Conference; the 2012 IT Pro Conference; and the Autotask conference. You can tell that Mark is really working hard to integrate all this knowledge into his business.

Download the Interview with Mark Moreno (Time 5:18)

 

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Jul 18, 2012
This article was originally posted June 15, 2012 on Cloud Services Roundtable.

Six Podcast Reports from New Orleans IT Pro Conference

 

June 2012 – New Orleans – Jeff Middleton’s IT Pro Conference was a great success last week. Two days of panels and discussions on the theme “Trusted Identity: Faith in a Technology World” were very well received. About 150 attendees spent the time in a conversation that wound around through discussions of

– Trusted Advisor roles  – Identity Theft  – Social Media Privacy Breaches  – Hosted Environments  – Government Oversight  – Unintended Electronic Disclosures  – Branding Realities in a Business or Technology without Trust  – Partnership and Service Provider Failures  – Identity Federation (Facebook, Gmail, Passport, service aggregators) – Social Media

and more!

 

Naturally, I decided to catch up with some folks and get their impressions of the whole event. I started with Andy Goodman, a long-time community member and leader. Andy has been working for/with SBSMigration.com for almost a year now. He was instrumental in making this event happen – and introducing Jeff’s new brand – IT Pro Experts – ITProExperts.com. Here’s Andy:

Download the Interview with Andy Goodman (Time 1:11)

 

 

Next up, I talked to Ben Yarbrough from Calyptix Security (http://www.calyptix.com/). In the conference, and in this interview, Ben talks about how security devices have really become very different from one another. The feature sets are now quite amazing.

Download the Interview with Ben Yarbrough (Time 2:52)

 

 

One of the ever-present members of this community – and Jeff’s conference – is Jan Spring from eFolder (www.efolder.net). Jan is an absolute fireball and one of the great brand ambassadors in this community. She gave us a quick sound check.

Download the Interview with Jan Spring (Time 1:00)

 

 

One of my favorite people in the SMB space is Jessica DeVita. Jessica has been involved for awhile, but she has recently decided to crank up her participation and “voice” in the community. She is a Microsoft MVP, a speaker at the conference, and is one of the people watch in our space. We talked about the future of our community – and a lot more.

Download the Interview with Jessica DeVita (Time 5:23)

 

 

Another one of my favorite people is Mark Crall, now from Storage Craft (www.storagecraft.com) and a former MSP from North Carolina. He talks here about choosing vendors and creating relationships in the channel.

Download the Interview with Mark Crall (Time 2:12)

 

 

Finally, I talked to Mitch Garvis, who travels ALL the time. Based in Canada, it is always a pleasure to run into Mitch way down in the Southern United States. Mitch is a Microsoft MVP, a Virtual Partner Technology Advisor at Microsoft Canada, and his blog is at http://garvis.ca. Mitch gives us some great reasons to attend community events, and this conference in general.

Download the Interview with Mitch Garvis (Time 1:23)

 

 

My personal thoughts on this conference – and some ideas about what you should be doing to educate your clients about modern discussions of “Trust” and delegation of trust will be posted separately in the “Oceanic” edition of the Freeday Friday podcasts. As soon as I get around to it. 🙂

Bottom Line: A great conference as usual. Great community. Great topic. Great discussions. And, as Mitch reminds us: They have beer.

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Jul 18, 2012
This article was originally posted May 18, 2012 on Cloud Services Roundtable.
Reports from the SMB 150 Banquet 2012

 

May 16th – Los Angeles – SMB Nation put on a nice banquet to celebrate the 2nd Annual SMB 150 Influencers. This was a great event. To be honest, this event started for me about lunchtime as I met with a series of great people that I don’t get to see very often.

 

Download the SMB 150 report now

On Friday I asked Harry Brelsford from SMB Nationto give us a brief report on the event. That’s included here. In fact, Harry kicks off the podcast.

While I was in Los Angeles, I interviewed a few folks. So those very short interviews are here as well. Interviewees include Denis Wilson, Terry VanWinkel, and Jerry Koutavas.

I do have to say that I was really impressed that people came all the way from the eastern side of the U.S. But I was more impressed with people who came from Canada, Brazil, the UK, and Australia. I’m not sure how Harry does this, but he really knows how to put on a community event!

And a tip of the hat goes to co-sponsor SMBTN for helping with every stage, including the voting process. Of course, a number of the SMB 150 are in SMBTN as they are strong contributors to the community.

 

I’m sorry sorry that many 150-ers could not make it. But I totally understand!

 

 

Downlodard SMB 150 Report

 

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Jul 18, 2012
This article was originally posted May 18, 2012 on Cloud Services Roundtable.

Freeday Friday May Podcast Posted – US / UK Edition

 

This program was recorded and is posted here.

 

How to Convert 700 Clients to Managed Services Without Dropping Any

The US/UK Edition of Freeday Friday featured a kickoff question of whether it’s possible to covert a traditionally break/fix business into managed services. The question came from a partner with three employees and 700 customers. That told me something about his business and his customers. I talked about what we did in the transition to managed services and gave him some advice.

We also had a few questions about the hiring process, specifically about filtering candidates. I talked about our process and how well it works . . . as long as I don’t break the rules and just hire someone. Boy, can that go wrong!

If you would like your question to be the start-off question, just send an email tokarlp@greatlittlebook.com. Please put Freeday Friday in the subject line.

Freeday Friday is a program to give you access to some coaching advice in a totally new format. See details at www.FreedayFriday.com.

Basically, I am offering free coaching advice to a very few people – live and free. The “price” for free advice is that other people get to listen in. The idea is that we all share some common challenges, so we might be able to learn from each other and address those challenges in similar ways. I’m not really a “coach” with a program to sell. I will sell some hours. But this one-to-many format allows me to get information out there and engage in the community.

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Jul 18, 2012

This article was originally posted May 18, 2012 on Cloud Services Roundtable.

Freeday Friday May Podcast Posted – Oceanic Edition

 

This program was recorded and is posted here.

 

Customizing Cloud Services for Medical and Other Verticals

The “Down Under” edition of Freeday Friday featured a kickoff question about building a cloud package for the medical industry. In particular, how do we deal with a combination of cloud services and one or more servers that remain onsite. We actually have clients with this scenario, so I talk about what we do.

We also had a question about getting started in our business today. Is it a good idea? What would I do differently? So went spent time on that. Then we covered a few misc. questions.

If you would like your question to be the start-off question, just send an email tokarlp@greatlittlebook.com. Please put Freeday Friday in the subject line.

Freeday Friday is a program to give you access to some coaching advice in a totally new format. See details at www.FreedayFriday.com.

Basically, I am offering free coaching advice to a very few people – live and free. The “price” for free advice is that other people get to listen in. The idea is that we all share some common challenges, so we might be able to learn from each other and address those challenges in similar ways. I’m not really a “coach” with a program to sell. I will sell some hours. But this one-to-many format allows me to get information out there and engage in the community.

 

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Jul 18, 2012
This article was originally posted May 11, 2012 on Cloud Services Roundtable.

Looking for a great combination of tools and practices for moving your smallest clients to The Cloud?

You’ve heard of SBS Essentials – But how do you build a business model around selling it with Cloud Services? And where does Managed Services fit in the picture?

Join me and Len DiCostanzo (Autotask SVP Community & Business Development) for a very practical and actionable look at making SBS Essentials a key part of your cloud offering. I’ll give a bit of a “quick start guide” that will get you moving in the right direction immediately.

And then we’ll talk about integrating that Cloud+SBS Essentials with Managed Services.

Register and get a big step up on the practical application of cloud services and managed services in the very-small client environment.

  • What is SBS Essentials and how does it fit in your solution stack?
  • Which cloud offerings make the most sense for getting started?
  • How does The Cloud work with Managed Services?
  • How can Autotask help autotmate and scale service delivery and drive revenue and profitability?

Find out more and Register free.

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Jul 18, 2012
This article was originally posted April 20, 2012 on Cloud Services Roundtable.

Freeday Friday April Podcast Posted – US / UK Edition

 

This program was recorded and is posted here.

 

Do I Really Need to Try to Sell SBS Essentials into My Client Base?

We had a good show today (45 minutes). Four people posted questions live and we had a good email question to kick us off. The kickoff question was, “Do I really need to sell SBS Essentials?” We talked about when it is and is not the right product to sell to specific clients.

Caller Ken asked a follow-up question: When to sell SBS Essentials and when to sell Foundation Server since they have so many features in common. . . . And lots more!

If you would like your question to be the start-off question, just send an email tokarlp@greatlittlebook.com. Please put Freeday Friday in the subject line.

Freeday Friday is a new program to give you access to some coaching advice in a totally new format. See details at www.FreedayFriday.com.

Basically, I am offering free coaching advice to a very few people – live and free. The “price” for free advice is that other people get to listen in. The idea is that we all share some common challenges, so we might be able to learn from each other and address those challenges in similar ways. I’m not really a “coach” with a program to sell. I will sell some hours. But this one-to-many format allows me to get information out there and engage in the community.

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Jul 18, 2012
This article was originally posted April 19, 2012 on Cloud Services Roundtable.

Freeday Friday Podcast Posted – Oceanic Edition

 

This program was recorded and is posted here.

 

How Do I sell if I’m Not a Salesman?

We had a quick show today (35 minutes). Just a few questions. The kickoff question was, “How do I upsell clients when I don’t want to be the salesman?” I give a little advice and encouragement. and we answer a question from a live listener as well.

If you would like your question to be the start-off question, just send an email tokarlp@greatlittlebook.com. Please put Freeday Friday in the subject line.

Freeday Friday is a new program to give you access to some coaching advice in a totally new format. See details at www.FreedayFriday.com.

Basically, I am offering free coaching advice to a very few people – live and free. The “price” for free advice is that other people get to listen in. The idea is that we all share some common challenges, so we might be able to learn from each other and address those challenges in similar ways. I’m not really a “coach” with a program to sell. I will sell some hours. But this one-to-many format allows me to get information out there and engage in the community.

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Jul 18, 2012
This article was originally posted March 19, 2012 on Cloud Services Roundtable.

This program was recorded and is posted here.

 

Robin Talks About What’s Next, Cloud and BDR Promotions, Perennial Campaigns, and More

I had a nice chat with Robin Robins this morning. For those of you unfamiliar with Robin, she’s the genius behind the Managed Services Blueprint, as well as marketing programs geared toward cloud integration, managed services, and BDRs.

I always like catching up with Robin because she’s full of energy and ideas – but totally focused on the big picture. She just finished a roadshow with Axcient and HP, hitting five major cities. She talks about some of the discussions and lessons learned there. We also touched on Robin’s annual Bootcamp in Nashville, which is totally sold out.

Finally, we talked a little about marketing strategies that will work going forward. I asked her about the effectiveness of Facebook and LinkedIn for most MSPs. She gave some nice insights about that, and also about long-term strategies for success. One key lesson is to adopt campaigns you can use over and over again. Despite what you might think, repeating a successful campaign can bring you a great deal of success.

Check out the whole interview here. (Free to subscribers.)

You can find out more about Robin and the Managed Services Blueprint at: ManagedServicesBlueprint.com.

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Jul 18, 2012

This article was originally posted March 16, 2012 on Cloud Services Roundtable.

First Freeday Friday March Podcast Posted – US/UK Edition

 

This program was recorded and is posted here.

 

UK Partner Challenged with Time Management. US Partner Wondering About Hiring Techs.

The first UK/US show went off pretty well. Lots of questions. Totally different topics from the Oceanic edition yesterday. We start out with a partner who desperately needs a PSA system. It’s actually pretty amazing how many problems are solved with the right PSA tool.

Plus he got a little tough love.

On hiring, we talked about Craigslist, Monster, Career Builder, temp agencies, and strategies for direct hire of part-time technicians.

I am so grateful to the community for their participation here. It really is exactly what I was looking for. I get tons of email and I sometimes end up answering questions six months later. I feel bad, but I can only do so much. This allows me to answer more questions in a shorter time frame. What I was hoping for with this dual show is that there would be a wide variety of topics. That’s exactly what we got.

Thank you to everyone who participated – especially the folks who put themselves out there with tough questions about their business. We are a community, and that means relying on each other for support at times.

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Jul 18, 2012
This article was originally posted March 16, 2012 on Cloud Services Roundtable.

First Freeday Friday Podcast Posted – Oceanic Edition

 

This program was recorded and is posted here.

 

Well, the Aussies Kicked Off Freeday Friday with a Great Show

When it’s Thursday afternoon here, it’s Friday morning over there. So at 3PM Pacific time today, I launched the Aussie/New Zealand/Oceanic edition of Freeday Friday. We got a good recording, and it is available free to Cloud Services Roundtable Members.

Freeday Friday is a new program to give you access to some coaching advice in a totally new format. See details at www.FreedayFriday.com.

Basically, I am offering free coaching advice to a very few people – live and free. The “price” for free advice is that other people get to listen in. The idea is that we all share some common challenges, so we might be able to learn from each other and address those challenges in similar ways. I’m not really a “coach” with a program to sell. I will sell some hours. But this one-to-many format allows me to get information out there and engage in the community.

Besides . . . it’s new and fun! And once the idea entered my head, I had to try it.

This recording is the first ever Freeday Friday – and starts off with a very common question for companies seeking to grow from one person to a four- or five-person shop. It’s a little rough, but I think the advice is worthwhile.

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Jul 18, 2012

This article was originally posted March 5, 2012 on Cloud Services Roundtable.

Interviews with Chris Bangs from SMB Nation and Dal Gemmell from Symantec

 

As MVP Nation was winding down in Redmond, I was able to grab Chris Bangs and Dal Gemmell. Chris does a variety of things at SMB Nation, and plays a big role in getting vendors on board. Dal Gemmell is a Principle Product Manager at Symantec.

 

1) Download the Chris Bangs interview on “What’s Up” with SMB Nation. Chris gives us great info on the re-designed SMB Nation website, the Fall Conference in Vegas, the SMB 150 awards, and a lot more.

 

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2) Download the Dal Gemmell Interview on one “Vendor’s” view of MVP Nation. Dal is responsible for Endpoint Protection on desktops and servers for the small business market. He gives us some insight on why anti-virus is not enough, and how you might discuss that with you clients. He also gives some info on the integration of Backup Exec and other products with our standard SMB Tools.

 

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Jul 18, 2012

This article was originally posted March 4, 2012 on Cloud Services Roundtable.

Greg Starks from HP Gives a Great Intro to iQuote

 

What do you need from HP?

What have you always needed from HP?

A “Configuration” Quoting Tool!

Well, in this member podcast, Greg Starks from HP shows us the great stuff you can do with HP’s new iQuote tool.

There are three ways to use the tool . . . including using their API to integrate it right into your company web site.

 

Member Download:

Interview with Greg Starks, March 2012

Links Mentioned in, or related to this podcast:

– HPiquote.net

– HP’s press release was in June when the first US distributor turned on iQuote:http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/2011/110628a.html?mtxs=rss-corp-news

– Here is the blog announcement Greg did Feb 13 to introduce HP iQuote Universal:http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Coffee-Coaching-HP-and-Microsoft/Announcing-HP-iQuote-Universal/ba-p/107019  (Note: There are now 16 countries using iQuote.)

– The general info/landing page for iQuote is: http://hp.com/go/iquote.

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Jul 18, 2012
This article was originally posted March 4, 2012 on Cloud Services Roundtable.
Interviews with Jeff Middleton on IT Pro Conference and Tom Poole on SMB Nation

 

I caught up with a few more folks at MVP Nation in Redmond. After two days on content, content, content, I managed to talk to a few community members about what’s next. Then I nabbed Jeff Middleton again to give us the low-down on his June conference.

So here’s the line up of new down-loads:

1) Download the Jeff Middleton interview on the IT Pro Conference 2012. Jeff gives us the information and a great introduction to the theme of this year’s IT Pro 2012 conference in New Orleans. Once I heard New Orleans, I agreed to go! Join me.

Details: 2-Day French Quarter Weekend Conference  New Orleans

June 8 & 9, 2012

With a pre-day “brain explosion” event by Third Tier on June 7th.

I’ll be at Jeff’s conference . . . and THEN wander off to Orlando for the Autotask Community Live conference on June 10-12. That whole trip will be 75% brain overload and 25% vacation (at least for me).

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2) Download the Tom Poole interview on the MVP Nation and SMB Nation Conferences. Tom runs Cloud Nation and is a great source of info. He was a bit busy closing out this conference, but gave us ten minutes. Check it out and find out what’s ahead for SMB Nation Fall!

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Jul 18, 2012
This article was originally posted March 3, 2012 on Cloud Services Roundtable.
Member Podcasts from MVP Nation – Part 1

I ran into Arnie Mondloch and Dave Sobel in Redmond this week. I was there for the MVP Nation show. Arnie’s in charge of Windows Evangelization program worldwide and has some great information on how partners can get involved in the development of Apps, Apps, Apps for the new Windows 8 and Windows 8 Metro platform.

The official title of his group is the Worldwide Platform Evangelism Group. Two products Arnie mentions in this interview are:

– Microsoft Platform Ready –http://www.microsoftplatformready.com

Microsoft Action Pack for Development & Design – https://partner.microsoft.com/US/40171463

Note: Arnie is also a Gonzaga University grad! Go Bulldogs!

Member Download:

 

Interview with Arnie Mondloch March 2, 2012

 


 

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Dave Sobel is the new Partner interface for Level Platforms. He has some very cool things going on, including an offer to engage with the existing SMB and SBS user groups all over the world. I caught up with Dave in the hallway and he brought me up to speed on what Level Platforms is doing on the partner and user group front.

Member Download:

 

Interview with Dave Sobel March 2, 2012

 

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Jul 18, 2012
This article was originally posted March 3, 2012 on Cloud Services Roundtable.

I’m having a great time at MVP Nation in Redmond. We’re on the Microsoft campus and I had a chance to catch up with a number of great people. I recorded six short podcasts yesterday.

The first two podcasts are under the category of “SMB Community Podcasts.” That means they’re free and open to the world.

First, I talked to Jeff Middleton about the MVP Roadshow that is just finishing. Thanks to the help of dozens of Microsoft MVPs, this show hit more than 50 cities all over the world. Jeff gives us a report on that.

Download the Jeff Middleton interview on Microsoft MVP Roadshow Here.

Second, I caught up with Dave Seibert from SMB Technology Network. SMBTN is helping to compile the list of the SMB 150 again this year. So nominations are closed and there are about 400 candidates to choose from. Voting has begun and you can go vote now at http://www.smb150.com.

Download the Dave Seibert interview on the SMB150 Here.

In addition to that, I have even more podcasts under the members-only section. So if you’re a Cloud Services Roundtable subscriber, you can hear from Arnie Mondloch at Microsft, Dave Sobel from Level Platforms, and Greg Starks from HP about some really cool things going on in our space.

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Jul 18, 2012
This article was originally posted February 22, 2012 on Cloud Services Roundtable.

This program was recorded and is posted here.

 

Harry Brelsford Announces Webcast of MVP Nation

I had a phone call with Harry two days ago while he was in the Bay Area. He gave me a lot of updates:

– Cloud Connect Conference

– MVP Nation

– Windows 8 and the MVPs

– Hotel information for MVP Nation

 

Harry also announced (and asked me to keep under wraps for a couple days), the fact that he has partnered with Zenith’s MSP TV to webcase the MVP Nation Conference.

For information on the MVP Nation Conference and the $99 webcasting for two days of solid content, visit http://mvp.smbnation.com/.

 

I’ll be at MVP Nation . . . so if you’re there, look me up! And I’ll be podcasting from the show.

For the full press release on this, see http://blog.smallbizthoughts.com.

This program was recorded and is posted here.

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Jul 18, 2012
This article was originally posted February 22, 2012 on Cloud Services Roundtable.

This program was recorded and is posted here.

 

Jerry Koutavas / ASCII Updates

I caught up with Jerry K from The ASCII group to talk about ASCII Success Summits for 2012, the ASCII Cup, and more. Find out how to contact Jerry for a free pass to one of the ASCII Success Summits.

 

Links mentioned in this podcast:

www.asciievents.com

– Follow the ASCII Cup at

http://www.tripline.net/trip/Where_is_the_ASCII_Cup_-50552312153010049976FED79C206258

 

This program was recorded and is posted here.

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Jul 18, 2012
This article was originally posted January 19, 2012 on Cloud Services Roundtable
This program was recorded and is posted here.

 

Dave Sobel Joins Level Platforms

Podcast posted – A free-flowing discussion with Dave Sobel.

 

I caught up with Dave this week while he is in London, in a sweet little flat he rents by the week. As you may know, Dave has been a powerful member of the SMB community for some time. He has been a leader in the Microsoft MVP space, in the virtualization and cloud computing world, in HTG, and in the community at large.

Dave recently sold his managed service business and accepted a job with Level Platforms

 

https://www.facebook.com/djdave

https://twitter.com/#!/djdaveet

http://www.smbbooks.com/products/mssob01.htm

 

The book is Virtualization Defined – Now only $39.95

The DVD set is Designing, Implementing and Making Money with Virtual Environments – Now only $49.95

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Members download the podcast now.

 

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