It had to happen sometime. Per Reuters, office supply retailer Staples began offering Apple accessories on its U.S. online store last month, and now the office supply retail chain has confirmed the merchandise will soon be available in stores as well. The retailer Staples announced fourth quarter and full year 2012 performance earnings on Wednesday, [...]
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Multiple telecom companies and ILECs (incumbent local carrier exchange) are pursuing managed services providers (MSPs) for potential acquisition, according to multiple MSPs that have received unsolicited takeover inquiries in the past three months. Some deals are getting done — including Hargray Communications buying iTech and WesTel buying Heartland Technology Solutions. MSPmentor is aware of three other potential telecom-MSP deals that are in the negotiating stages.
Autotask Community Live, the company’s partner and customer conference, is going international. In addition to the U.S. event (June 2-4, Scottsdale, Ariz.), the company will also host a sister conference in Barcelona Spain (Oct. 16-18, 2013). The decision to launch a European event, rumored for about a year, reinforces Autotask’s vision to internationalize and localize its SaaS-based business management platform.
How is the Google Fiber rollout going, and where might the search giant head next in the managed broadband services market? Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) CEO Larry Page and CFO Patrick Pichette offered some clues this evening during the company’s earnings call with analysts. Here’s what MSPs need to know.
LogicMonitor, which offers a SaaS-based IT monitoring platform, is in rapid growth mode. The company, which could emerge as a next-generation remote monitoring leader for MSPs, has hired three key executives to help drive growth in 2013. The expanded executive team includes leadership that previously worked for Intel, CareerBuilder and Atlassian. So what exactly is CEO Kevin McGibben (pictured) attempting to build here? MSPmentor offers some clues.
Global spending on smart-building managed services (SBMS) will top $1.1 billion in 2020, up from $291 million in 2012, according to Pike Research. The bulk of those dollars will involve building energy management systems (BEMS) but you can also imagine some of the spending to involve video surveillance, security and sensor monitoring. Should traditional MSPs give the SBMS market segment a look?
Plenty of managed services providers (MSPs) explore mergers and acquisitions. But if you look closely enough, you’ll also see MSP owners exploring another exit strategy. It’s called the ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan). The idea: Sell some or all of the company to its employees — the folks who built the business in the first place. I first heard about the ESOP strategy from IT Solutions CEO Ted Swanson in 2011. But in recent weeks, I’ve heard from three MSPs that are considering the ESOP strategy. Here’s why.
The MSPmentor Career Center (ok, it’s an MSP job board) has received several new and intriguing listings. They involve everything from managed services to cloud services sales, management and technical support opportunities. And some big names — including Google — are seeking expertise. You can post your job listing for free. Or check out the job board to see the latest listings, which include…
Autotask Community Live 2013‘s date and location are now confirmed. The fifth-annual event, a Top 100 Channel Partner Conference, will be held June 2-4 in Scottsdale, Ariz. at the Fairmont, Senior VP Len DiCostanzo confirmed today. Here’s the background.
Tim Brewer, one of Australia’s top MSP executives at Anittel and an MSPmentor 250 member, is ready to stretch his arms globally. Indeed, Brewer is set to work as an independent executive consultant who will focus on coaching and innovating across Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom in 2013. Among his areas of expertise: Successful MSP mergers and acquisitions.