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  • Blog Post: SBSC PALs: Call for feedback from SBSCs in Canada – What’s your opinion?

    Wow, it seems like there has been a lot of discussion lately in the SBSC PAL community worldwide. As most of you know, we have 2 PALs in Canada – Elisabeth Vanderveldt in Eastern Canada and myself, Brad Kowerchuk, in Western Canada. Our role as PALs is to be a “sounding board” and take your feedback...
  • Blog Post: Women in Leadership & Technology ‘Meet & Mingle’ in Toronto

    The IAMCP’s Women in Leadership & Technology are hosting an exciting new ‘Meet and Mingle’ event in Toronto at our Microsoft campus. It will take place in the evening on March 9, 2009. There will be lots of opportunity to network with other women involved in our technology community, as well as Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Big Easy? Yes it is.

    Written by Elisabeth Vanderveldt , SBSC PAL for Eastern Canada I was sitting at a client’s office yesterday madly installing and configuring some new stations when I received my Microsoft newsletter. Taking a quick break I quickly scanned it and was hit right away by the Big Easy logo, which caught my...
  • Blog Post: Meet the SBSC Advisory Panel in Canada

    The SBSC Advisory Panel is a dedicated group of your peers that represent different sizes, types, and focuses of Microsoft partners across Canada. They provide us with simply invaluable feedback, perspective, and ideas. In fact, it’s rare that we plan any major programs or initiatives for SMB-focused...
  • Blog Post: Big Banks put the squeeze on small business - Microsoft Financing to the rescue!

    Written by Elisabeth Vanderveldt , SBSC PAL for Eastern Canada In this week’s Financial Post the headline article was all about how small business are seeing customers tighten their belts, which in turn makes us all pay in reduced orders, services, and our own ability to maintain our revenue and sanity...
  • Blog Post: Getting a grip on the market – UC and VoIP

    Written by Elisabeth Vanderveldt , SBSC PAL for Eastern Canada Here we go again with grim news from Nortel, once the Canadian darling of the telecom industry, suffering an immense 3rd quarter loss and, as of this writing, down 28%. Now when it seemed they might even be a formidable partner or competitor...
  • Blog Post: How to ensure your billable resources are profitable

    Written by Brad Kowerchuk , SBSC PAL for Western Canada A recent discussion has raised the issue of how to drive profitability from your billable resources. After all, these are among your most expensive people and they can make a huge difference to the bottom line of your company. I will share 2 measurements...
  • Blog Post: David VS Goliath – why David is winning

    Written by Elisabeth Vanderveldt , SBSC PAL for Eastern Canada Big box stores and their squads, telecoms offering to connect small business globally, hardware vendors hovering overhead to keep your network safe and operational. Wait a minute, isn’t that my job? And to add insult to injury, the “R” word...
  • Blog Post: Getting to know SAM

    Written by Elisabeth Vanderveldt , SBSC PAL for Eastern Canada As a Software Asset Management (SAM) specialist I thought this would be a great time, with the pending release of SBS/EBS 2008, to talk about the revenue potential a SAM engagement with current and potential clients can mean for SBSC partners...
  • Blog Post: Response Point, start getting excited!

    Written by Elisabeth Vanderveldt , SBSC PAL for Eastern Canada You’re mobile, agile, and quick to respond to your client’s every needs. Basically you are a “super partner”. But while you’re working to make your clients business number one, who’s helping you taking care of yours? Well for me that little...
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