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West McDonald

West McDonald is the Vice President of Business Development at Tigerpaw Software. He spent the past 15 years exclusively in the office equipment channel, sharing his expertise on alternative billing models, such as seat-based billing and flat-rate billing, to help partners and clients excel in managed print and converged services. West is a two-time recipient of The 40 Most Influential in the Imaging Industry award as well as an ENX Difference Maker.
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Toner Wars: The Epic Battle Between the OEMs and Toner Remanufacturers (and why you should care!)

There’s been a secret war going on that you may have no idea about. It’s not fought with guns, but there are soldiers and battle maneuvers under way on a daily basis. For most, this war is invisible - the stuff of legend and conspiracy. But for those in the trenches, the tug and pull of their battles is very real...

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Mar 27, 2020 9:29:43 AM / Posted by West McDonald / 0 Comments

Making Money Off Office Printing Without Ever Touching a Printer

As a managed services provider, you’ve likely heard of managed print. Maybe you even looked at possibly adding it to your stack but were turned off of it because of the complexity of having to supply, feed, and fix printers. What if I told you that you can manage your customers’ print without ever having to touch a...

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Mar 20, 2020 8:00:00 AM / Posted by West McDonald / 0 Comments

Tigerpaw Radio Episode #7: The Channel Is Dead. Long Live the Ecosystem

There are times I finish doing a podcast recording when I am left questioning the very fabric of what I think I know about everything in the channel. Episode #7 of Tigerpaw Radio is one of those times. I had the good fortune of interviewing Jay McBain, the Principal Analyst for Ecosystems, Channels, Partnerships &...

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Mar 10, 2020 9:15:00 AM / Posted by West McDonald / 0 Comments

IT Expo & MSP Expo Combined in 2020: An Improvement or the Opposite?

Those who know me understand that I like to write about the good, the bad, and the ugly of every event that I attend. Today, I’m writing about ITExpo/MSP Expo, which used to be two shows but is now only one. The theme of convergence and consolidation in our channel affects every aspect of what we do, even the shows that...

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Mar 6, 2020 8:36:49 AM / Posted by West McDonald / 0 Comments

Serious About Growing Your Managed Services Practice? Here’s Some Free Advice From Those Who Are Winning.

Have you heard of the “race to the bottom”?  Essentially this is a danger that spells doom for any managed services business (or any business for that matter) that doesn’t understand the fundamentals of solution or value selling. If your sales team spends their days trying to convince a customer or prospect that they do...

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Jan 21, 2020 10:39:49 PM / Posted by West McDonald / 0 Comments

7 Resolutions That Will Help You Grow Your MSP Business and Make 2020 the Best Year Ever

The first week of January is always full of good intentions.  We often make resolutions like eating better and going to the gym more often. I’m not knocking those things, trust me, they’re on my list too.  But I can’t help but think that if resolutions are good for me personally that I should probably be making some for...

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Jan 7, 2020 10:00:00 AM / Posted by West McDonald / 0 Comments

Total Tech Summit: Worth your time in 2020?

Tigerpaw just got back from Total Tech Summit in Forth Worth Texas and wanted to share some insights that may help you to decide on coming (or not) next year.

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Nov 12, 2019 4:00:27 PM / Posted by West McDonald / 0 Comments

New Revenue Opportunities for MSPs – Closer Than You Might Think

As an MSP (Managed Services Provider) you’ve made your living taking care of your customers’ I.T. assets. If it’s a desktop, server, IP enabled security system or VOIP system, you’re probably changing lives by rocking their management. But the world, as they say, is ever changing.

More and more “smart” devices are...

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Nov 5, 2019 10:22:10 AM / Posted by West McDonald / 0 Comments

Is Your Business Recession-Proof? Find out at Total Tech Summit

Recessions. Might as well be a four letter word. If you’re old enough you’ve lived through one, two, or a few and they never get any easier. My first was the early 1980s and I’ll never forget it. I was only a boy then but I’ll never forget the day my Dad came home in tears because he 
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Oct 30, 2019 11:02:46 AM / Posted by West McDonald / 0 Comments

They say the office equipment channel is on fire. What are you going to do about it?

What a summer it’s been for the office equipment industry!  The biggest news was the Xerox & HP partnership for managed print. I would love to have been in the boardroom when this deal was proposed. Sheer brilliance and a total bombshell for many. This partnership is an exceptionally big deal and its ramifications are...

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Sep 11, 2019 9:15:34 AM / Posted by West McDonald / 0 Comments
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