HTG Peer Groups Blog
The HTG peer group experience is a unique forum for technology industry resellers who are serious about implementing a model for success in their own businesses through sharing and collaboration of best practices.
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I am in Orange County to meet as part of the HP SMB advisory council for a couple days. This is my first meeting with this group of great partners and HP execs. I do serve on a number of these groups in our industry, and have learned there is great value in participating in the process. Companies like HP spend a ton of money to make this event happen. Not by paying for our travel - we do that ourselves - but by the people they make available and the time they invest. Not only do they lock into a room with us for a day - they have to deal with the outcomes that are discussed and go back and evaluate the feedback and put it into action where it fits. That is the difficult part - the execution.... Continue reading
The week is done and I am glad - pooped out and ready to go home for some rest. WPC 2008 was a great event. I have to admit that meetings took up most of my time. I did make a couple keynotes but normally I was in the Connect area with another partner or Microsoft blue badge talking about the future or the past. There is no place like WPC to connect with people that are part of this industry. Great place to talk with other vendors and media too - most of the relevant technology players are in town for this event every year. That said - I do want to say that the most important stuff happened in a couple of areas sort of disconnected from WPC. The first was around community. HTG members... Continue reading
One of the opportunities presented to us this week was time with the Digital Forum - a content delivery provider. They offered some free video time and editing and we captured some footage and had them help create a video we hope can be part of your webpage to help explain HTG to your customers and friends. Check it out:http://www.digitalforumtv.com and search for HTGAlways looking for a way to inform prospects and others who want to learn more about the power of peers, so share those ideas. Take a look and talk with the guys are VarVid.com if you want help learning how to incorporate video into your website or blog....
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Over halfway done with WPC. What a whirlwind. Meetings, keynotes, sessions, receptions, parties - busy from 6 AM til 9 PM every day. Glad to get back to the hotel to fall into bed and crash so I can possibly get up in the morning. There have been lots of new things to focus on: Essential Business Server, SBS 2008, Virtualization, S + S and on it goes. Presented three times in breakouts and been in meeting after meeting with partners and Microsoft. It has been a fantastic value and great use of time, although I will have used up 2 weeks of time in this one week here in Houston - things are that full and busy.One of the great things that happened this week was the launch of VarVid by Aar... Continue reading
One of the things we announced yesterday as part of the change coming for HTG is a shift in how the group is led. Since 2001, HTG has been something that first I led and then as HTS grew, the management team there became the leadership of HTG. Seemed like a good plan, and was for many years. But last fall the team put their foot down and said we needed a time out. I had overloaded pretty much every part of the HTS organization. Managment team members were facilitating 9 groups, HTS was funding almost all the activity, HTS staff was doing all the back end admin work and logistics. It was a daunting task and was killing the team. So we halted our growth to regroup.Part of that process w... Continue reading
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