Autotask Week in IT: The Scoop on Buying & Selling MSPs

June 16, 2016  

MSPMentor: What You Should Know About Buying or Selling a Managed IT Services Business
By Stuart Crawford

When buying or selling an MSP, varying circumstances may be involved. Conditions may require that an MSP streamline its operations, liquidate assets due to a force majeure or transfer ownership due to some unforeseen occurrence. They may also signal that it’s time to expand into a new geography, seize a one-time opportunity or enter a new market adjacency. Regardless of the underlying motivations, giving more value to your IT services’ entity or MSP business requires you to consider many different variables, including your accounting models or applications.

TechTarget: Enterprise file-sharing technology requires mobile app integration
By Jack Madden

Just a few years ago, IT leaders fretted about the "Dropbox problem," with employees using consumer cloud services to store and share corporate content. Today, enterprise file sync and share is a widely deployed, must-have application. Business users are highly mobile and work from many different devices, making enterprise file sync-and-share (EFSS) applications an essential tool for accessing data. In fact, 45% of IT departments had or were planning to support enterprise file-sharing as of last year, according to IDC.

Channelnomics: Third-party cloud apps growing contribution to shadow IT threat – research
By Scharon Harding

Third-party apps increasingly popularized by the cloud are contributing to shadow IT risks facing enterprises, according to a report announced by CloudLock this week. According to the cloud cyber security vendor's Q2 report, The Explosion of Apps: 27% are Risky, which analyzed 10 million users, the number of third-party apps has multiplied by almost 30 from 5,500 in 2014 to almost 160,000 this year. Overall, the numbers point to an increase in not just the variety of third-party apps for channel partners to consider, but in the usage of such technology and the risks that come with it.

ITProPortal: Fighting fires: How to speed up your IT response time
By Paul Hesser

IT ‘fires’ are no small thing. They can range from things as small as a piece of software not working for a few computers, to an event as big as a server being hacked, as well as everything in between. The downtime they inflict – when businesses cannot serve their customers – costs time and money, with IT teams scrambling to fix the problem as quickly as possible. Firefighting is the name given to the emergency allocation of time and resources by businesses to stem the flow of problems before it starts eating into earnings and profit margins.

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