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14
Topics for Enterprise Solutions for Small Business
Posted by amy on 14 January 2013 08:47 AM

As I mentioned before to be successful in small business consulting we have to be wide and deep. You have to be “in the know”. We’re going down the path where there is no one size fits all, no magic solution that covers enough of the marketplace that you don’t have to worry about what else is out there or how to manage it. Today you really do have to know it all. All does include both Cloud and Premise solutions and it is quite likely that every client will have some of both. The only way to get to that point is to keep your ears and eyes open for changes both monumental (SBS end of life and death of Postini) and subtle (Office licensing changing and Microsoft Accounts).

Consulting Pieces – Business Value Proposition

Technology Pieces – Server 2012 · Hyper-V · Exchange 2013 · Terminal Server/ Multipoint · WSUS · DHCP, DNS · Backup and Disaster Recovery · Remote Access · Security Best practices · Printing

Vendor Pieces – Commonly used, Recommended, Easy to Maintain – Tools and Solutions.

Each “chapter” will contain sections on: Licensing, What can this or can’t this be installed on the same server with?, Powershell or script snippets as appropriate, group policy, security best practices, migration, links to existing documents, troubleshooting, short video how-to’s and a webinar. Each content group will be delivered by one or a small group of our Kitchen Crew.

So where’s the Cloud? It’ll be within the Chapters and in the Vendors Pieces. We’re not going to relegate “The Cloud” to a single chapter as if it is a single technology. It will be integrated into the overall solution theme. For example, the Exchange section is going to cover Hosted and O365 too. The Backup and Disaster Recovery section includes offsite and business continuity. Server 2012? Maybe it’s here, maybe it’s there. Remote Access? Security? “The Cloud” is everywhere and it’s in everything. Then there’s apps, firewalls, cloud solutions. We plan to invite our favorite vendors in to present technical content that meshes in with the other content in that topic group.

So you might have noticed that this is heavily Microsoft based. We can’t help it. We’re Microsoft people. Microsoft will be the foundation. But it’s a great foundation to stand on. Once you have a solid foundation you can build a mighty custom solution for your clients and ultimately that is what this is all about. There’s no other purpose for IT than to make business better. You can make businesses better and the Kitchen Crew will get you there.


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Jan
8

I had been giving a great deal of thought to what Third Tier’s clients and the small business IT community at large needs in the way of support and training in the post-SBS and Cloud era. Is it enough to write another Unleashed book? Probably not in this era. To do so doesn’t acknowledge the reality that we are all working under. That is that we all need to know A LOT of different technologies, both on-premise and cloud, to be successful today. To efficiently deliver that breadth of information requires more than just words on paper. It requires words on paper, webinars, scripts, video, in-depth training classes and maybe more.

Turns out that I wasn’t the only one thinking along these lines and so the SMBKitchen Crew was born and has joined Third Tier to build and support the Enterprise Solutions for SMB project. Now when we’re putting together a crew to deliver awesome content, they have to be the sharpest knives in the drawer, like this $500 a inch Kramer Knife.

SharpestKnives

 

And so the SMBKitchen Crew consists of technical gurus and Microsoft MVP’s: Amy Babinchak, Susan Bradley, David Shackelford, Boon Tee, Lee Wilbur, Kevin Royalty and Philip Elder. Each of them is individually a brilliant small business focused IT professional. Together they will build all of the Enterprise Solutions for SMB content that Third Tier will deliver to subscribers. (more on that later). The content is going to be deep and wide, just like your small business consultancy needs to be successful.

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