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Ohlhorst: Is 2020 the Year of Azure in SMB?

Long-time contributor Frank Ohlhorst out of New York City is a busy man but we caught a few minutes with him to kick of 2020. The question is simple: Is 2020 finally the year that Azure fits into SMB? The answer is longer. Listen up pardners!

Jenkin: Australian Fires and IT Updates

Australian Michael Jenkin (checks in with us on the massive fires. Jenkin is right in the middle of it. After a general update, Jenkin talks about how its impacting technology infrastructure (including ordering supplies and allowing extra shipping days). The conversation then focuses on the importance of business continuity planning and disaster recovery. Please watch this important community update and support Australian fire relief as you are able.

Fields: I’m am UPDATING my BOOK!

Contributor Alex Fields (Success Computer Consulting, Minneapolis, MN) has started 2020 off with a bang! He is updating his well respected “Microsoft 365 Business Admin Guide: Securing and Managing Microsoft 365 Business” to version it with more migration content. The focus is file migrations, not the well known and understood email migration scenarios. In his own words, Field talks about using the guide to “finesse” your way to a successful system migration.

Sanders: Community Power!

A self admitted working man, Scott Snaders, has earned success as a MSP and IT business owner out in the Carolinas! But what we talk about in addition to his life journey is how he built a successful IT Business Owners (ITBOG) Facebook group over five years with over 3,000 members engaging in spirited conversations. It’s harder than it looks with Sanders personally directing the group, admitting “good fits” and monitoring behaviors. Communities come and go. But the fact Sanders has stuck with it makes this an encouraging interview to watch. Catch the bit at the end about Sanders holding his first event on a cruise ship in late Summer 2020.

Schwank: From Break Fix Tech to Growing MSP

Contributor Blake Schwank has successfully grown Colorado Computer Support (a Colorado Springs MSP) from a husband/wife team to a mid-sized MSP. One of his secrets shared in this video concerns the profitability he attributes to Unified Communications (UC) offerings. Closely related is this secret. Don’t call it UC in front of your small business clients (they don’t care). Watch!