Each day, the flood of technology news hits.  In an industry that always changes, those who deliver technology services need to focus on the information that matters to them.  The Business of Tech podcast focuses on the news you need to know.   Covering both the story and why it matters to the way services are created and delivered, channel veteran Dave Sobel brings you up to speed and gives you resources to go deeper.   With insights and analysis, this five minute podcast focuses on the knowledge you need to be effective, profitable, and relevant.

The podcast is hosted by Dave Sobel, a leading expert in the delivery of technology services with broad experience in both technology and business.    He owned and operated an IT Solution Provider and MSP for over a decade, both acquiring other organizations and eventually being acquired.  This firm was a winner of multiple awards, including Kaseya’s Cutting Edge and ConnectWise’s Best New Idea, as well as being a finalist for Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner of the Year in the Small Business Specialist category.    After his MSP experience, he worked for multiple vendors at such companies as Level Platforms, GFI, LogicNow, and Solarwinds, leading community, event, marketing, and product strategies, as well as several M&A activities.

He was named a CRN Channel Chief multiple times, to the CRN UK A-List, as a Channel Futures Circle of Excellence winner, to Channel Pro’s 20/20 Visionaries, and has been an MSPmentor 250 member for multiple years  Dave has been recognized as one of the top virtualization experts globally as a Microsoft MVP for Virtualization. and author of “Virtualization: Defined.  A Primer for the SMB Consultant.” Dave has served on the executive council for Managed Services and Emerging Technologies, the Vendor Advisory Council, as founding Chair for the Mobility Community for CompTIA.

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All Episodes

Tue Oct 27 2020: Right to Repair, “Learning Engineers”, and Forrester 2021 cybersecurity

Three things to know today   Right to repair Some views on education, including learning engineers AND Forrester on cybersecurity

Mon Oct 26 2020: The National Guard against cybercrime, + MSP Market Data and HPE Layoffs

Four things to know today   Louisiana calls in the national guard Founder-led performance Kaseya’s MSP market data AND Possible HPE Layoffs

Don’t Start an MSP

This came from a discussion with a consulting organization about “advice for immature MSPs”. And I just could not resist. When all the messaging is “the opportunity is so big”, we don’t often address how HARD the technology business is, and that the…

Fri Oct 23 2020: Edge computing market insight, plus Teams and Salesforce

Three things to know today   What does edge computing … look like? Law enforcement has far more access than we thought AND Teams and salesforce

Thu Oct 22 2020: Work from home stress on employees, and the opportunity

Three things to know today   Work from home stress – new data Progress report on diversity at Microsoft AND New options in financial tech    

Wed Oct 21 2020: Gartner’s Tech Trends for 2021, plus SMB security may be worse than we thought

Three things to know today   Gartner’s strategic tech trends for 2021 Facebook makes a leap on translations AND Security may be worse than we think for SMBs

Tue Oct 20 2020: Edge & IoT, the human impact of security, and the EU Cloud

Three things to know today   Edge and IOT projects that work What’s the human impact of security? AND Will the EU build it’s own cloud?  

Mon Oct 19 2020: Markets, subscription commerce, and education tech issues

Three things to know today   Let’s measure the markets Subscription commerce in the new normal AND Problems with Education tech

Channel is an overloaded term: Why the confusion matters

I recently spotted what I considered an odd hashtag on LinkedIn — #savethechannel The channel is an interestingly overloaded phrase. It’s used to refer to the indirect sales path for technology, which takes technology and the resulting services…