7. New Hire: Cosentry, a cloud and managed service provider, named Ken Lindsay as VP of client services. He is in charge of managed service operations, ranging from Cosentry's implementation team, production support, engineering and compliance. He will be managing a group of over 114 employees.
6. Quadruple Play: Anybody else notice the HP, IBM and VMware partner summits are all within days of each other in Las Vegas? Toss in the Channel Partners Conference and Expo and you've got four big events in one city in a 10-day window. If you'd like to potentially meet at those gatherings then post a comment or send email (joe [at] NineLivesMediaInc [dot] com). And to track all those conferences -- and more -- check out The VAR Guy's Top 100 Channel Partner Conferences list, which includes dates and locations for all the major gatherings.
5. Hello Australia: ConnectWise Director of Community Jeannine Edwards is in Australia this week. More than 180 managed services providers (MSPs) and IT service providers signed up to attend the company's local user conference. So Jeannine: How did the event go? Let us know.
4. Big Data Managed Services: Contexti is making a Big Data Managed Services push. The offering includes deep expertise across Hadoop, NoSQL and more.
3. Pending Acquisition: An MSP may soon go to pieces. And that's actually a good thing. If and when I can share more I'll be sure to post a blog.
2. Big Money: Anybody else notice that venture capitalists are pumping millions of dollars into cloud monitoring and application performance management companies? The latest involves New Relic raising $80 million. I'll say it again: Yes, keep managing PCs and servers. But figure out how you're going to optimize and manage cloud apps for your customers.
1. Big and Small Surprises: I keep dropping hints about our next MSPmentor 100 list, which debuts during a webcast on February 14. So here's the latest hint on why you should attend. The webcast will have more than five hundred big surprises. And it will also feature 100 small surprises. Regardless of your MSP business's size you'll want to tune in.
That's all for now.