Small Business Susan

Heads in the clouds

The Microsoft SMB Parallax | Looks Cloudy:
http://www.lookscloudy.com/2012/04/the-microsoft-smb-parallax/
“It seems that MS heads are just in the Clouds. Feels (and sounds) like they are only listening to a small subset of partners and are not listening to any other feedback, especially from clients (end users), through their partners. Very sad. Feels like they have their eyes and ears covered.”


I hate it when Vlad blogs a post that is spot on with what I see others feel.  When he touches a nerve he tends to spear it with a knife and make it bleed a bit.   And I’m not convinced Microsoft is actually even listening to partners, unless those partners are by the names of Dell and Geek squad. 


I also don’t like it when I’m told that I have no choice.  I do think they are choices, but as someone said the other day, we’ve all gotten soft and lazy and flabby and not exercised our muscles to devise our own solutions.


So how about we start talking about some of those options — Kerio (www.kerio.com ) is one

http://www.clearfoundation.com/Software/overview.html is another.  Thoughts?



4 comments ↓

  • #   Vlad Mazek on 04.28.12 at 6:32 am     

    Bet you’ve missed me blogging a lot :) Glad I could entertain you again ma’am.

    You’ve hit the nail on the head and as a courtesy to those that are new to your blog or not aware of what I do, I hope this helps.

    Hi, my name is Vlad and I’ve been involved in the IT communities for the past 15 years. In 2006/2007 I saw where Microsoft started to head and I started building solutions powered by Microsoft’s technology but pushing the “Microsoft” logo off the product. It was clear as day at the time that Microsoft was on the collision course with us so had some choices to make: 1) Business as usual and get killed by Microsoft. 2) “Move up the stack” and hope Microsoft didn’t move fast enough while they pushed us out of all of our accounts 3) Build something else with Microsoft technologies and rely on our brand/partners instead of following Microsoft blindly.

    We went with #3. Almost everyone at the time uniformly thought that we were crazy, that there will always be a place for business as usual, that Microsoft would never be able to effectively compete in the SMB space — basically nobody thought that Microsoft would both compete with it’s partners and also cut off the arm that fed those partners. And here we are.

    Now with hindsight being 20/20 and all, let me explain what I do (blogwise). The goal behind Looks Cloudy and Vladville is to poke the nerve – and yes, cut it and let it bleed – because time for indecision and waiting things out is kind of running out. Every year, every month, every day you have a choice to do something or do nothing. My hope is that what I do pushes people to do something, anything if they feel like there is no hope. Because there is, there are many wonderful businesses you can build with Microsoft at the core.. but you can’t be a Microsoft and not take all the baggage and their cloud along with it.

    -Vlad


  • #   Joe Raby on 04.29.12 at 1:13 pm     

    If you wanted to see some blood, wouldn’t it be easier to cut an artery? Nerves don’t bleed after all.


  • #   Corey on 04.30.12 at 8:47 am     

    Any feedback on those that switched to Kerio from Exchange?

    We are beginning to look at it as an alternative to Exchange or the SBS server package as a whole.

    Many of our clients still like to keep their data and mail in-house. None have really invested in the Sharepoint portion of the SBS server package. Exchange seems to be growing in to a more complex bloat every rendition.


  • #   Steve Wildow on 05.01.12 at 8:36 am     

    Corey,

    We have done many migrations from Exchange to Kerio, the process is straight forward and works very well. Kerio has a migration tool that handles the data transfer.

    The workstations are more hands on(for the migration part), but all in all it is a cost effective solution for smaller companies. Email, Spam, Archiving and Backup is already built into Kerio.

    Steve Wildow
    Tipp Technical Solutions, LLC