AUSTIN, Texas, March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Over the past several months, hundreds of IT professionals from around the world have been engaged in the SMB 150 Channel Influencers contest. The SMB 150, which is a collaboration between SMB Nation and SMB Technology Network, is the SMB technology channel's annual list of its 150 most influential members.
On Friday, March 8, 2013, Michael O'Connell of Flashback Data was named to the SMB 150 Channel Influencers List. O'Connell joins a group of esteemed colleagues who were chosen during a two-phase voting process. In the initial stage, channel community members voted on 450 nominees at SMB150.com. Following the community vote, a panel of industry experts consisting of Harry Brelsford (SMB Nation); Karl Palachuk (Great Little Book Publishing Co., Inc.); Josh Peterson (MSP Score); Dave Seibert (IT Innovators); and Dan Wensley (Level Platforms) evaluated each nominee based on a pre-established rubric. The community vote accounted for 40% of each nominee's overall rating, with the expert panel's decision contributing the remaining 60%.
"I'm thrilled to be in the company of such well-respected professionals," said O'Connell, President of Flashback Data.
"I encourage everyone in the SMB channel community to join with me in recognizing and celebrating the winners of this year's SMB 150," said Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation. "Each individual whose name appears on this esteemed list has strived to ensure that our SMB community is one that will continue to thrive and succeed. I am beyond excited to toast them at the awards dinner on May 4 in Redmond."About Flashback Data, LLCFlashback Data is an expert services firm specializing in computer forensics and Tier 1 data recovery and incident response. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, its principals include attorneys and retired law enforcement and intelligence personnel. Since 2004, the firm has been serving clients worldwide, including law firms, large enterprises, state and federal agencies, and foreign governments. www.FlashbackData.com About SMB Nation SMB Nation is a media integration and events community, targeted at the small and medium business (SMB) channel partner/reseller/consulting/VAR community. SMB Nation spreads the knowledge of SMB technology trends through its conferences, books, print magazine, online services, and worldwide seminars and workshops. As an active participant in the technology community, SMB Nation has a long history of enthusiastic advocacy and evangelism. The SMB Nation tribe exceeds 54,000 followers worldwide. For more information, visit www.SMBNation.com, www.CloudNation.co and www.Telephonation.com. About SMBTNThe SMB Technology Network (SMBTN) has its roots in partner groups focused on IT solutions & services for the SMB (Small Medium Business) space. Their focus includes Windows platforms including SBS (Small Business Server). In 2005 they combined a series of independent IT Professional groups in Southern California and around the U.S. into a single umbrella group, consolidated as SMBTN. Each group holds monthly meetings to discuss the latest IT business trends. In addition, the group has partnered with Microsoft at various events, further penetrating the SMB space. The SMBTN group continues to expand into new regions, chapters and members across the U.S. For more information, visit www.smbtn.org. SOURCE Flashback Data, LLC