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MSPMentor is “the ultimate guide to managed services and the leading global destination for managed service providers.”  Each year they recognize organizations and individuals for their contribution to Managed Services (the type of IT service that Simplex-IT’s primarily known for).

For the past two years Simplex-IT was recognized in two categories.  In both 2013 and 2014 Simplex-IT was in the “MSPmentor 501 Global Edition” (top 501 in the world) as well as the “MSPmentor 100, Small Business Edition (top 100 in the USA with less than 10 employees).

Well, now they’ve gone and done it big time.  In December MSPmentor released their “2014 MSPmentor 250:  Top People in Managed Services” (“…honoring the world’s top managed services provider (MSP) executives, entrepreneurs and experts.”)

Simplex-IT’s Bob Coppedge was included in the list this year.  To the best of our knowledge this is the top recognition given to individuals in the MSP world, so that’s actually fairly cool.


This is the 5th blog entry I’ve done under the “Crotchety Olde Geek” handle.  Bottom line is, we’ve all heard about Microsoft discontinuing support for XP (heck, we’re even throwing a party for its demise).

But why is this a big deal?  We IT folks have been trying to get folks to upgrade all the time.  But the truth is, Windows XP works.  Plain and simple.  It works for what a majority of people need it to do.

So do we need to upgrade?  In a word, yup.  Watch the video and understand why (no geeky stuff here).

Bob, aka “the Crotchety Olde Geek” aka uhhh…me…talks about two factors in IT Projects that we just don’t pay enough attention to.



Bob here.  How many times do you get the opportunity to tell a tale involving Las Vegas, mini-bars, condoms, Mother-in-laws and system design?

Crotchety Olde Geek debuts.

Bob here.  I’ve spoken or worked with a lot of schools that teach IT over the past 30 years.  I’ve taught MS stuff (I’m an MCT), I’ve worked with developing curriculum.  I’ve spoken at every level of education from High School on up.  In the month of May I worked with 5 different schools at various levels (speaking to students, sponsoring intern programs, curriculum meetings, Blah, blah, blah).

Anywho, whenever I talked with students, some of the same issues would always come up about career versus job, skills, business knowledge, etc., etc.  So I decided to do a relatively quick (10 minute) “rant” about IT careers for people about to jump into our field.  It’s purposely done in one take, minimal editing, etc.

And this might be the first of a series of “rants.”  Yup.  You’ve been warned.