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March 20th, 2017 | Todd Billiar | VAR Staffing
I recently came across the Information Week “Annual U.S. IT Salary Survey”, originally published November, 2016. This survey identified the Top 10 Best Paying IT Staff Jobs, and the Top 10 Best Paying IT Leadership Jobs.   Also revealed was some very interesting data regarding - Read More
March 17th, 2017 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
Last year, I wrote a blog post for SolarWinds MSP entitled "If It's IP It Belongs to Me." See:'s Danger in not learning TCP/IP !By IP I did not mean intellectual property. I meant Internet Protocol. Like TCP/IP. That post was about the trend of all - Read More
March 16th, 2017 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
I'm super happy to announce a brand new webinar I'll be doing with SolarWinds MSP on Tuesday the 28thThe Most Important Rules for Running a Managed Service BusinessTuesday, March 28, 20178:00 am Pacific Daylight Time (11am Eastern)Register for FreeHere's the scoop:Over the years, I've put together - Read More
March 15th, 2017 | CompTIA | CompTIA Blog
Considering everything that’s happened in the IT industry so far this year, it’s hard to believe we’re only halfway through March. News wires in the tech community have been running at full throttle in 2017 and that activity is sure to heat up more, as it usually does, when spring rolls around. - Read More
March 14th, 2017 | Ken Thoreson | Sales Management Guru
21 page corners turned over! For those past readers of this blog and my book reviews, you know that is an excellent rating. For those of you that are new, whenever I read a new book, I read it with a pen in hand and I fold over the corners of those pages with high value. Believe me James Muir’s - Read More
March 10th, 2017 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
99% of businesses don't need what you're selling 99% of the time. So how do you market in a way that people think they NEED you?No one needs a monkey hook (that thing pictured here). So whey do they buy it?Because they need to hang a picture!You've heard it before: No one needs a 1/2" drill bit. - Read More
March 8th, 2017 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
I got a nice note from my friend Mark asking about a specific client challenge (which probably sounds familiar to many of you):Hey Karl,I am looking forward to the next service board class and my wife enjoyed the recent QuickBooks training. Thanks!I have a question about your cloud setup. I just - Read More
March 2nd, 2017 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
One of my favorite Og Mandino quotes is:"I will form good habits and become their slave."I like it so much, I had post cards printed with that slogan.In the last week, I've had several interactions that highlight how my "good" habits have served me well. On three different occasions I've been asked - Read More
March 2nd, 2017 | Susan Bradley | The SBS Diva
I would look at the support for Exchange 2007 as a solid indicator as that’s what you are probably migrating your email off of. For Exchange 2007, the last support date is April 11, 2017. Finding the same information for Windows server 2008 is nearly horrific.  I had to look at Vista sp2 - Read More
March 2nd, 2017 | Susan Bradley | The SBS Diva
The other day I was asked what’s the support lifecycle for SBS 2011.  Bottom line it’s the support of it’s parts. So it’s Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange 2010 which is supported to 1/14/2020. Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 2/22/2011 1/13/2015 1/14/2020 - Read More