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How IT Automation Can Benefit Your School: Build Efficiency While Staying in Budget

IT departments in elementary and secondary schools have many challenges unique to their environments. One fundamental issue is that these districts are locally funded, and budgets rarely increase by more than a meager percentage point or two.

Despite that, changes in educational approaches and the demands of parents and tech-savvy students mean that schools are constantly pressed to adopt cutting-edge technologies.

Technology has transformed learning, and nowhere is this more evident than in the work that students produce. Even primary school students create papers in Word, craft PowerPoint presentations, Photoshop pictures, and edit videos using Final Cut. Continue Reading…

MSPs Beware: US Department of Homeland Security Warns Cybercriminals Are Attacking IT Providers

Hackers go where the money, the control and the ability to inflict damage lie. An individual enterprise or SMB is a pretty good score. But a service provider that controls the IT of multiple clients is far more enticing.

That’s why service providers such as MSPs must take special care. If your systems are cracked, criminals can gain control of all your clients. Your reputation and business could be gone in an instant. And your clients could fare just as badly. Continue Reading…

WannaCry Ransomware Exposes Crisis of Unpatched Systems, Failure to Back up

 

Would it surprise you to learn that one of the most successful computer exploits in history happened against a vulnerability for which a patch already exists?

That’s just what happened with the WannaCry (also called WannaCrypt) ransomware attack that crippled hundreds of thousands of computers last Friday and continues to wreak havoc this week. Continue Reading…

Kaseya BMS – Taking ConnectWise Customers Even Before a New Version Arrived

Kaseya has reinvented the way to do Professional Services Automation (PSA) with the BMS solution. The idea is to offer PSA functions at a fraction of the normal cost with gobs of added value.

Now Kaseya has brought BMS to the next level with a brand new version that is still one-third the price of competitors’ alternatives. Continue Reading…

Kaseya Launches Cloud Management Suite with Acquisition of Technology Leader Unigma

Kaseya continues its portfolio growth streak with this week’s acquisition of Unigma, which was announced at Kaseya Connect in Las Vegas.

The Unigma Cloud Management Suite is now a core part of Kaseya’s IT Complete, an architecture and solutions stack for MSPs and for IT groups in particular vertical markets, such as health care and higher education. With this stack, a vast swath of IT operations can be automated and secured.

As MSPs move their clients aggressively to the cloud, they need solutions to monitor and manage public cloud performance and conduct precise cost analysis. Continue Reading…

Kaseya Customer Q&A Series: Virginia Tech Taps Kaseya VSA to Streamline Operations, Tackle Tough IT Problems

Richard “Billy” Wesley, IT manager for the Division of Student Affairs at Virginia Tech has been relying on Kaseya VSA for over 5 years to help manage IT operations for his group.

This division oversees IT support for housing and dining and facilities and student services. Kaseya spoke with the 14-year university veteran about IT issues and the role that VSA plays in making things run smoother. Continue Reading…

The Secrets to MSP Sales Success

Probably the single most important aspect of running a business is sales. Sales are the life-blood of the business:  without sales you don’t have customers; without customers, you don’t have a business.

And it doesn’t matter if you’re talking about a small MSP where the owner wears the sales hat or global MSP with a large international sales team: selling well depends on having the fundamentals right. Before you pick up the phone and make your first prospecting call, you need to prepare.  This means more than going to the prospects’ website and finding out the name of the IT person.

This blog assumes that you’ve already read the chapter on marketing and demand generation — that you’ve already taken stock of the main customer pains that you address; positioned the benefits and value of your services versus other competitive options; and have created a prospecting and demand generation program to bring prospective clients to your attention.  If you haven’t, you might want to workshop through that chapter before reading ahead. Continue Reading…

Live Lesson: Supersize Your MSP Business with Kaseya NOC Services

Network Operations Center (NOC) services are the secret weapon of many a successful MSP. If you haven’t discovered this gem, Kaseya can show you all the benefits and how you can take full advantage in our webinar Best Practices: Learn How To Accelerate Your Growth With Kaseya NOC Services. Continue Reading…

MSP Tightens Passwords, Boosts Revenue with AuthAnvil Multi-Factor Authentication

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Most managed service providers (MSPs) base their core business on managing remote systems through a remote monitoring and management (RMM) solution.

But smart service providers are adding complimentary services on top of this, and multi- and two-factor authentication (2FA) is one of the more fertile areas.

New Zealand MSP Computer Concepts Limited (CCL) knew its clients were worried about security after hearing about the massive breaches experienced by Target, Anthem, Home Depot, and others. Continue Reading…

Blocking Windows 10 Creators Update and File Explorer Ads

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Not every upgrade is welcome, even if it does provide a bevy of features. Takes Windows 10 Creators Update, which started rolling out to beta testers and will next be delivered to the vast body of Windows 10 users.

This update includes a bunch of new items that will please consumers and gamers, but do far less for enterprise customers. Because of its consumer bent, enterprises may want to block or at least delay this upgrade.

But there is a more compelling reason to say no, according to long time Windows guru Paul Thurrott. Creators Update means your Windows File Explorer could be stuffed with ads. While many of these are for useful Microsoft services such as OneDrive, the technology makes a veritable wave of ads possible. Continue Reading…

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