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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

Wed Dec 30 2020: 2021 Prediction: What portion of the industry will be ripe for disruption?

Let’s talk the big MSP players for this prediction.   When I covered the impact Capital has on a market, I focused on the lack of R&D investment.     PE based companies often focus on cutting expenses by headcount…

Tue Dec 29 2020: 2021 Prediction: What will the security landscape be?

I spend a lot of time on the show bemoaning the cybersecurity landscape.     The adversaries are better organized than we are.     They have a coherent business strategy, complete with Diversification of…

Mon Dec 28 2020: 2021 Prediction: How will 2021 look for business?

My first prediction for 2021 is regrettably not a cheery one – if you are expecting things to bounce back right away, you’re not going to get that. The good news is that it appears that things in 2020 were not as bad as initially thought it would…

Thu Dec 24 2020: What advice would I have for a 20 year old starting out?

A listener came with a great question. “I’m 20 years old and have been working at a help desk for about 6 months. I dont have any certifications yet and will have a associates in May of 2021. I would love to start a side hustle in the IT field to…

Wed Dec 23 2020: Zoom’s platform move & my prediction, Microsoft’s silicon, Verizon’s 5G, and who around SolarWinds looks bad

Four things to know today   Zoom makes a platform move, and my big prediction Microsoft making its own silicon Verizon’s 5G … turn it off. AND SolarWinds roundup

Tue Dec 22 2020: 5 steps to cloud, 3 IoT tiers from Verizon, Two new laws, and One SolarWinds Roundup

.    Four things to know today  5 steps to cloud adoption 3 levels of tiered IoT services Two new laws to know about     AND   One SolarWinds roundup      

Mon Dec 21 2020: Congress’ bill includes tech provisions, the SolarWinds hack fallout continues, and the tech blame game worsens

Three things to know today   Congress’ relief bill includes tech provisions   The SolarWinds hack dominates tech AND The tech blame game worsens

Multi-SaaS Management and RMM 2.0: A conversation with the CEO of Nuvolex

In this interview, Dave Sobel interviews Brian Hamel, CEO of Nuvolex. The discussion ranges starts with Multi-SaaS management, the idea of RMM 2.0, and who is best positioned to make the leap to a changing business model. Link to the referenced blog:…

Fri Dec 18 2020: Why customers buy from MSPs, and further updates on the SolarWinds hack

Two things to know today   Research updates on why customers buy from managed services providers   AND The SolarWinds hack continues to grow and expand