IT and Business Insights for SMB Solution Providers

Karl Palachuk

A blog for Small Business Consultants and the vendors who serve them. It contains Opinions on business success, News in the SMB consulting space, and Information on what I'm up to.

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July 15th, 2012 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
Last week I put together a survey and asked the community to respond. Boy, you sure did! We had almost 500 responses (498, actually). Of those, 204 people entered in comments. Some of them were quite long. In all, you gave more than 10,000 words of feedback. Twenty-four countries were represented - Read More
 
July 15th, 2012 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
Last week I put together a survey and asked the community to respond. Boy, you sure did! We had almost 500 responses (498, actually). Of those, 204 people entered in comments. Some of them were quite long. In all, you gave more than 10,000 words of feedback. Twenty-four countries were represented - Read More
 
July 14th, 2012 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
Please check out the HP/Microsoft Coffee Coaching blog. You'll find their blog on my Blog Roll at my Small Biz Thoughts blog. Anyway, they're holding a special webcast Wednesday, July 18th to talk about operating systems from MS and hardware from HP in the months ahead. Here's their - Read More
 
July 13th, 2012 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
There are two primary reasons that machines are added to a Managed Service contract: 1) The client hires a new employee, or 2) An existing user gets a new computer. But there are all kinds of other reasons that machines show up (someone just wants two computers, client adds a job-specific machine, - Read More
 
July 13th, 2012 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
I know most people don't actually follow my blogs and other writings. But those who do are aware of some changes I'm making this year. I have closed down my Promotion Monkey newsletter and the Freeday Friday podcasts. Karl W. Palachuk The reason is no great mystery: I am a firm believer in - Read More
 
July 13th, 2012 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
There are two primary reasons that machines are added to a Managed Service contract: 1) The client hires a new employee, or 2) An existing user gets a new computer. But there are all kinds of other reasons that machines show up (someone just wants two computers, client adds a job-specific - Read More
 
July 12th, 2012 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
Harry Brelsford over at SMB Nation has a GREAT announcement. I'm reprinting it here. The gist is: SMB Nation is re-launching the Pocket MBA program with a new approach and a whole new cast of characters. I' going to be teaching on of the courses. Please consider signing up. At a minimum, give it - Read More
 
July 9th, 2012 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
Okay, folks. Let's gather a few numbers. Recently, two major announcements came out of Microsoft. 1) SBS Standard is going away at the end of next year. SBS Essentials is being folded into the Server 2012 family. 2) The SBSC program is going away. Instead, you are encouraged to gain a " - Read More
 
July 7th, 2012 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
How to Make Money in IT Consulting in 2012 or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Cloud Last time, we talked about the changes in the IT business with regard to Microsoft. I won't repeat all that here. Let me just say that the future has arrived. I'm sure you've all heard the - Read More
 
July 6th, 2012 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
This blog is intended to talk the SMB community off the ledge. (This is not intended as a "defense" of Microsoft, but a bit of reality check for people.) Yesterday the Yahoo Groups and email lists were all abuzz with the news that Microsoft will be dropping the SBS line. Many people seem to be - Read More
 

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