Work environment and location has now become a key factor for job seekers

Over the years employees desires and benefits have changed. Employees once seeking pensions and great benefits are now seeking flexibility, healthy work habits, and working for a purpose. Having the choice in work environment and flexibility have become key factors for many in their jobs. A study done in June of 2021 shows a majority of companies (80%) want to continue with at least some work at home while 47% want to allow some folks to go full time at home.
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Three major opportunities for MSP providers

With the huge transition to cloud technologies over the past couple years, there are some major opportunities for MSPs. Alex Fields breaks down his three top opportunities MSPs should be looking into. The first opportunity Alex shares with us is modernizing and management. The second is cybersecurity and compliance management, and the third which probably represents the largest opportunity in terms of new revenue is helping businesses to modernize their workflow. Watch and learn as Alex goes into depth on each of these opportunities and what you should be doing.

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National Society of IT Service Providers

Legislation and regulations are consistently changing. With IT being a hot topic, with cybersecurity, many believe that regulation and legislation are coming to the MSP community. Rayanne Buchianico has joined forces with Karl Palachuk and many other IT professionals, to get involved and influence legislators to transform the industry into a profession. Learn more about ITSP and how you can get involved.

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Windows 11

The next generation of Windows, Windows 11 was announced in June. Although, we do not know the exact release (some speculate October of 2021) you can download the first Windows 11 Insider Preview build today. This build has some new features, such as widgets, snap layouts, virtual desktops, getting android app support, a new store and more.

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Largest Ransomware Gang Disappeared

In July one of the largest ransomware gangs disappeared without any explanation. The ransomware gang REvil is known for their recent attacks on Kaseya, JBS, and approximately 42% of all recent attacks. It is unclear why the groups online footprint just disappeared, however, there are speculations on weather the US took action, if the Russian government shut it down, or it disappeared for other reasons.

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The Channel Has Changed: Is Your Marketing Caught Up?

When we look back over the years there have been many changes to technology and the IT channel. From break/fix to cloud computing, and in between the industry has seen some vast changes. With all of these changes many MSPs have had to evolve all parts of their business from operations, to sales, and even marketing.

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Security Around Active Directory

Active Directory is one of the primary focuses of cyberattackers as it contains the information attackers need to expand their access, establish connection, and more. By taking a deeper look into your Active Directory exposures, organizations can improve their security and data before the attacker tries to gain access to administrator accounts, credentials, records, data and more.

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Are you in the Right Position?

Most small business owners say they work at least 50 hours a week. That is a lot of time doing the same things and having the same responsibilities. Have you ever thought am I in the right role? Would I be better in sales, or behind the scenes? Your goal should be to not only love what you do but make sure it fits within your lifestyle.

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Events are Back

One thing that many of us learned during the pandemic is that human beings are social and need interaction with others. Despite the quick pivot of doing business, and life virtually, many people are anxious to get back in the saddle of in-person meetings and conferences.

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Innovation, Mergers and Acquisitions

In the past year, not only have many of our worlds been turned upside down, but the MSP community continues to grow and mature. The last year has brought on many new challenges forcing small businesses to innovate, perhaps more than larger businesses. This is not because they wanted to, but because small business owners have had to pivot more quickly in order to stay in business. With many small businesses having to innovate they heavily relied on their MSP and their knowledge of what to do.

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To Assist Small Businesses in North America- Lenovo Launches “Evolve Small” Campaign

With 30.7 million small businesses in the U.S. accounting for 99.9 percent of all U.S. businesses (SBA, 2019) it is safe to say that small businesses are the heart of North America. If you look around your community small businesses are made up of our neighbors, friends and family, but most important are the pillars of our community. With many small businesses being hit hard by the Covid 19 pandemic Lenovo in partnership with Microsoft, Intel, and the North Carolina Panthers has stepped up and built a campaign that focuses on providing relief to small businesses in North America.


MSPs are an Attack Vector

As an MSP many of you are providing your customers cybersecurity, and have a mission of staying ahead of the bad guys (easier said than done). With all of the current threats that have presented themselves over the years, Kaseya (2018), ConnectWise (2019), Webroot (2019), Ninja (2019), and SolarWinds many MSPs are wondering what is next. Although we can’t say what is next there are a couple things you can be doing today to protect yourself and your clients. First you need to start with knowing and understanding your vulnerabilities, and what needs to be done, to maintain and secure them. Next in a security world if you’re thinking security first, it is trust but verify and it is constantly reverifying the trust, not an implicit trust that’s always there.

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