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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Microsoft has released the pricing for the upcoming releases of the new SBS and EBS products later this year. Here are the facts: Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard Edition software, including five CALs, $1,089 (U.S.); additional CALs $77 each (U.S.) Windows Small Business Server 2008 Premium Edition software, including five CALs, $1,899 (U.S.); additional CALs $189 each (U.S.) Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Standard Edition software, including five CALs, $5,472 (U.S.); additional CALs $81 each (U.S.) Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Premium Edition software, including five CALs, $7,163 (U.S.); additional CALs $195 each (U.S.)Microsoft also today announced rebates of ... Continue reading
I was in NYC this week to serve on a panel for the GTDC (global technology distribution council) http://www.gtdc.org/. This group consists of 32 of the leading distributors of IT products worldwide and this was their Wall Street briefing. The room was filled with disty execs from Ingram, Tech Data, Synnex, Bell Micro, Arrow, Avnet and others as well as a room full of Wall Street investors from the large players. The audience was there to determine the health of distribution and determine investment strategies for the coming year. I came in a sports coat and no tie and was about the only one there not is a black suit and tie. Sort of didnt' fit but they still let me serve on the panel.There w... Continue reading
I was in San Jose on Tuesday night to speak for the SCSI Trade association - STA (http://www.scsita.org/) about SAS technology in the SMB. I was on the program with HP, Microsoft, an analyst and Seagate. So certainly I was the novice in the crowd. There were pictures of the first event from 2004 called a plugfest, which is actually what it sounds like, a bunch of gear plugged together to prove it works. Today SAS is running at 3 G soon to be 6 G by the end of the year. Storage is becoming a critical part of many SMB networks. It isn't just for the enterprise boys any more. You can get the presentation at http://www.scsita.org/aboutscsi/sas/SAS_OH_2008_v8.pdf and learn a bit about the upcomin... Continue reading
Microsoft's WPC is coming quickly - July 7-10 in Houston to be exact. One thing you may have noticed is the price certainly has gone up a bit. This year it is $1795 to attend. That is pretty expensive for any conference but for those of us serving the SMB market it is very costly. Well your SBSC membership will help defray $400 of that cost - check out the link at https://partner.microsoft.com/us/40059948.For HTG members - we have a busy week planned there. HTGALL will meet Sunday afternoon from 3-6 PM at the Holiday Inn Convention Center. There will be other events going on during the week - more details as we get closer.WPC is definitely something you need to do a lot of planning ahead of ...
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New HTG groups are being formed. Our Canadian group kicks off first with Stuart Crawford from IT Matters facilitating. The first meeting is in Calgary on June 2/3 and I will be in town to wish them well as they begin the journey together. There are only a few spots left in HTG10 - the Canadian group - so if you know any folks from north of the border who would benefit have them connect with Stuart or me. Stuart is a member of HTG3.HTG11 is being facilitated by Dave Sobel from Evolve and will consist of friends from Great Britain and areas across the big pond. Our goal is to begin recruiting and have a time together at WPC in Houston in July for those who are over here and then kick off the g... Continue reading
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