The MSPmentor team plans to unplug for a full three days as the U.S. celebrates Presidents' Day Weekend. (Of course, we may surface if any big, breaking news happens over the extended weekend.) In the meantime, here are seven managed services blogs MSPmentor didn't find time to write for the week ending Feb. 18.

7. You're Hired: Tigerpaw Software, which competes in the PSA (professional services automation) market, has hired Douglas Sikora as director of software development. Sikora will be responsible for leading and mentoring the Tigerpaw development team and managing the product life cycle of over half a dozen products. Sikora will also work with Tigerpaw’s Customer Advisory Group (CAG) to plan and design new product features and new product lines, Tigerpaw said in an announcement. Sikora joins Tigerpaw as President James Foxall continues to raise the company's visibility in the IT channel.

6. European MSP moves: Hush, hush for now. News coming next week... or so I've heard.

5. Peace of Mind for Customers?: A recent CompTIA newsletter indicated the association is working on a Managed Services Trustmark. It sounds like the association is hoping to help successful MSPs differentiate from industry pretenders. Separately, MSPAlliance, another association, has long offered a managed services accreditation.

4. Memo to Kevin: Thanks for your message. Yes, MSPmentor would like to hear more about your hosting company. But sorry, a meeting out at the Lake won't be possible that week because of travel to Cisco Partner Summit. Here's my contact info: joe [at] NineLivesMediaInc [dot] com. Feel free to send across your contact info as well. In the meantime we'll be watching your moves to see if your efforts resemble any other business plans we've come across.

3. Travel Alerts: Both Autotask and Kaseya are starting to accelerate their outreach for their respective user conferences -- Kaseya Connect User Conference (May 1-3, Las Vegas) and Autotask Community Live (May 22-24, Miami, Fla.). I spoke with Kaseya CEO Gerald Blackie about two weeks ago, at which time he offered multiple updates on the company. I got a bit distracted with the MSPmentor 100 in recent days but plan to share Blackie's perspectives next week. Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see how the Autotask Community Live event evolves under new Autotask CEO Mark Cattini (former CEO Bob Godgart shifted to a Chief Visionary Officer role). When Autotask Community Live arrives, Cattini will have been on the job for about five months.

2. More Private Equity: Three more private equity executives sent me emails last night, following MSPmentor's report that DirectPointe's MSP business is up for sale. A tip for those who know how to read between the lines: Albert Pujols apparently isn't the only guy negotiating a deal in his home town at the moment...

1. Thank You: The fourth-annual MSPmentor 100 launch zapped our energy this week. Thanks for all the feedback, dialog, readership, and yes... thanks for the constructive criticism.

That's all for now. Time to go check in with my family.

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