7. Healthy Discussion: ETG, a leading MSP focused on the health care vertical, is set to attend CompTIA Breakaway (Aug. 1-4, Washington, D.C.). ETG CEO Mike Jones and several other health care vertical experts seem set to discuss key trends on a panel. As I've mentioned previously, it sounds like Breakaway will generate a louder managed services discussion this year vs. previous years.
6. Scaling the Business: LabTech Software CEO Matt Nachtrab says his company continues to bring roughly 120 partners onboard each month. So how is LabTech scaling its service and support to address that growth? Nachtrab and his team offered some detailed insights over email. I'll share some perspectives next week.
5. Built to Last?: It's a safe bet Microsoft will offer more Windows 8 updates during the BUILD conference (Sept. 13-16, Anaheim). As you may have heard, Windows 8 will include the tile user interface from Windows Phone 7 -- a big bet by Microsoft.
4. Road Trip: Nick Bock, CEO of Five Nines Technology Group, recently took a road trip down California's US1 to Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2011 (WPC11). His alleged driver: The VAR Guy. Rumor has it there's a video of the road trip. If only I could track down that video...
3. A Different Channel: ConnectWise CEO Arnie Bellini just re-confirmed that he plans to swim the English Channel next year. I'm particularly impressed because I can barely swim a lap in a pool... But I can do a heck of a cannonball off the high-dive. Kidding aside, Bellini previously competed in multiple Iron Man competitions.
2. Familiar Threads -- Revisited: I'm known for wearing a beat-up charcoal jacket to trade shows. But the jacket disintegrated earlier this year. No cause for panic. During a recent visit to JoS. A. Bank, a saleswoman offered up some new threads. One of the jackets on display, ironically, was an exact replica of my deceased jacket. Sold.
1. Done Deal?: European IT service providers continue to take a close, close, close look at the U.S. market for MSPs, MSPs and MSPs. Read between the lines and that's three potential deals we are tracking. We're in touch with the alleged sellers and the proposed buyers across the big pond. Anybody care to go on the record yet? Anyone?
That's all for now. Thanks for your continued readership ... and even the constructive criticism. Our team learns a lot from your perspectives.