As IT professionals learn to move their businesses into The Cloud, we all need new practices and procedures for success.
Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) July 13, 2012
SMB Nation has announced that technology author Karl Palachuk will be teaching a course on “Service and Operations – Daily Application of Best Practices” at the Pocket MBA program this fall. The Pocket MBA program is a six course, 12-week online education experience that provides IT professionals with a practical, outcome-based business education.
The Pocket MBA program's curriculum includes content on sales and marketing strategy, business analysis and process, income generation, operations and other business fundamentals. The courses take a hands-on, case study driven, practical approach to teaching participants how to engage effectively with the broader business community and integrate business consulting best practices into their existing IT consultancy or solution provider business model.
"The Pocket MBA program is for any IT entrepreneur, independent IT professional or established IT business owner who recognizes that the changing business landscape means it's time to pivot or perish," said Harry Brelsford, chairman and founder of SMB Nation. "The cloud and other technological transformations are squeezing the SMB channel. For MSPs, VARs and IT consultants to succeed, they will have to make the transition from strictly IT solution providers to integrated business consultants and become trusted business advisors."
Palachuk’s course will be the final course in the series, tying together all the material for students. “We will explore the necessary Standard Operating Procedures and best practices that bring together all of your training and turn it into execution. As IT professionals learn to move their businesses into The Cloud, we all need new practices and procedures for success,” said Palachuk.
As a popular blogger in the IT industry, Palachuk's "SOP Friday" series has become standard reading for many technology consultants. That blog series is at http://www.sopfriday.com.
SMB Nation has recruited a world-class faculty experienced in both the IT and traditional business worlds to spearhead the Pocket MBA program. Program instructors include the following:
- Harry Brelsford, chairman and founder of SMB Nation
- Karl Palachuk, distinguished author and founder of Small Biz Thoughts
- Todd Colbeck, founder of Colbeck Coaching Group
- Josh Peterson, MSP coach and consultant
- Rayanne Buchianico, owner of ABC Solutions, LLC
- Tom Poole, CEO of SMB Nation
The program's charter cohort will commence on October 12 at this year's SMB Nation conference in Las Vegas. Charter students will receive a free pass to the three-day IT conference. Following the initial cohort class, 12-week course sessions will be available on a monthly rolling admissions basis. The initial cohort will focus on an MSP concentration, but additional concentrations will be available for later cohorts, including ones geared toward sales executives, green IT and sustainability, entrepreneurship and Salesforce.
Each cohort consists of 15 students carefully chosen by the program's admissions team for both compatibility and diversity. The class's small size enables instructors to provide individual experiences customized to each student's needs and objectives. Students have constant access to instructors and peers through a variety of online learning and collaboration tools including success teams but are able to complete assignments on their own schedule.
Potential students can find more information or apply for the program at http://www.myPocketMBA.com. Financial aid is available.
About SMB Nation
SMB Nation is a leading media and events company, serving SMB IT channel professionals around the world. SMB Nation provides information on IT technology trends through its conferences, books, magazine, online services, world-wide seminars, workshops and accredited Pocket MBA certificate. As an active participant in the SMB technology community, SMB Nation has a long history of enthusiastic advocacy and evangelism. The SMB Nation community exceeds 54,000 members from dozens of countries. for more information, visit http://www.smbnation.com.
About Karl W. Palachuk
Karl Palachuk is the author of nine books, including Managed Services in a Month, Service Agreements for SMB Consultants, and Relax Focus Succeed. He focuses exclusively on small business IT consultants and the channel vendors who support them.
Palachuk has won a number of awards for small business consulting and community development. He has also been honored several times in the managed services community, being named to the “Managed Service Provider 250” and “Small and Medium Business 150” lists every year that they have been published. For more information, see http://www.smallbizthoughts.com.
Karl W. Palachuk