Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. Jake and Elwood Blues. Heck, even Xerox and Do IT Smarter love a good road trip. I hear the duo is hosting a Managed Service Provider road show with stops in Charlotte, N.C. (October 11), Houston, Texas (October 17), New Orleans, La. (October 24) and Hollywood, Fla. (October 25). SonicWall and MX Logic also are joining the event series, which offers practical tips for selling managed services. For details, check out the Do IT Smarter event site.
Imagine if The Geek Squad embraced managed services. That very scenario is occurring at Fast-teks, a nationwide computer services company that’s working with Kaseya and SecureMyCompany to master managed services. Under terms of a new initiative, Fast-teks is using SecureMyCompany’s hosted offerings to service customers in more than 120 North American markets. The online services include Kaseya Managed Services software, which offers asset management, software inventory and remote management capabilities.
When it comes to managed services, Trend Micro certainly has a sense for timing. The security company has launched a “pay as you go” managed service with Ingram Micro. The offering comes as Trend rival Symantec prepares to launch its own software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform, know as the Symatec Protection Network. Let the showdown begin. Continue reading
LogLogic’s corporate blog contains a quick overview of the company’s new managed service provider program. Early participants in the program include Internet heavyweights like BT and VeriSign. You’ll find some info about LogLogic’s MSP program here.
I didn’t have a chance to attend the recent SMB Nation conference in Seattle. But Larry Lentz, a Microsoft Small Business Server guru, spotted a few trends at the event — including some thoughts on manged services. You can find Larry’s observations over on his personal blog.
Most managed service providers focus on the small business market. But there’s ample opportunity to offer managed services into larger vertical markets — including the federal government. In the months ahead, Uncle Sam’s appetite for managed services will grow significantly, according to the Defense Department’s CIO. Federal Computer Week has a quick story about this trend that’s worth reading.