7. Business Milestones, Moves and Offers: We receive numerous milestone news from a range of companies. Examples include:
- VaultLogix,the cloud backup service provider for SMBs and resellers, is doubling the normal cloud data backup storage limits for free trials to qualified businesses of its services that take place during March 2013.
- CohesiveFT, which offers enterprise application-to-cloud migration, has hired Chris Swan in London -- though he will be traveling globally. Swan was formerly CTO for Client Experience at UBS.
- StrongMail, a provider of cross-channel marketing solutions for enterprises, generated a 98 percent customer retention rate for 2012. The company tripled the number of strategic and creative client engagements in 2012.
- TechSquad IT more than tripled year-over-year revenue and added roughly 20 new customers in 2012, The MSP serves the Greater Milwaukee region. Gross sales were up 264%, net profit increased 131%, and monthly recurring revenue was up 47% from 2011. Sounds impressive though I don't have actual revenue figures for 2012 and 2011.
5. Google Apps Partners of the Year: The same week Microsoft upgraded Office 365 for channel partners, Google countered with some timely channel partner awards. Stay tuned for more details on Talkin' Cloud.
4. Next Move: Waka Digital President and COO Jacob Braun is well-known within MSP circles. But managed services are only one part of his company's IT portfolio. What's next? In some ways Waka Digital is transforming into a SaaS ISV. More details will likely emerge at the big IBM Pulse conference in a few days.
3. Rumor: Are Autotask and Level Platforms developing sponsor synergies between their respective partner conferences? Hmmm... Just a rumor for now and I haven't had a chance to check it out.
2. Big Crowd: The upcoming Ingram Micro Cloud conference is expected to attract 900 attendees or so, according to VP Renee Bergeron. We spoke a bit at IBM PartnerWorld this week in Las Vegas. I'll share more details and preview the conference soon on Talkin' Cloud.
1. Notice the date?: Remember that famous line, "Beware the ides of March." I though of that line when I noticed its was March 1. Which, in turn, made me think of marchFirst -- the high-flying web integrator that imploded amid the dot-com implosion. Web integrators were the hot channel players from around 1998 to 2001. Today, cloud integrators are the hot term. Many are thriving. But beware the hype. And the ides of March...
Side note 1: A special shout out to Nicholas Mukhar, a former MSPmentor contributing blogger who now works at Axcient. I learned that he recently had a pretty intense car accident but is on the mend. Happy to hear everything turned out fine.
Side note 2: Special thanks to contributing managing editors Jessica Davis and Charlene O'Hanlon. I disappeared this week in Las Vegas and our editorial team didn't skip a beat thanks to their efforts.
That's all for now. Thanks for your readership.