In the news, the GSA is requesting feedback on its plans for the next government-wide contract vehicle for telecommunications and related services. Also an AGA study lists lack of funding, the employees skills gap, and lack of buy-in as the top three reasons for the slow pace of federal IT innovation.
Motorola Solutions Comments On Zebra Acquisition
Earlier today, we reported on the big news of Zebra acquiring the Enterprise piece of Motorola Solutions for a cool $3.45 billion. I followed up shortly thereafter with responses from a handful of Motorola/Zebra partners. Now, I’ve got a response from Motorola Solutions’ Chris Lonnett, vice president, Global Channels & Sales Operations.
What Does The Zebra-Motorola Solutions Deal Mean To The Channel?
This morning, Motorola Solutions and Zebra dropped some big news. The gist is that Zebra is paying $3.45 billion to acquire Motorola Solutions’ enterprise mobility business. Zebra becomes an end-to-end mobility solutions provider. Motorola focuses on its government radio business.
Unlike previous acquisition news in this industry, this deal brings together two companies that complement one another rather than simply gobble up a competitor. On paper (and only having a couple hours to think about this), the deal seems like a great one for Zebra. While I can’t comment on the cost of the acquisition, Zebra’s strength in the industry just got a whole lot stronger as the company can now offer a total mobility solution. Great for Zebra, but how will VARs figure in this deal?
Win More Healthcare Business With Thermal Wristband Printers
This AIDC VAR won a 1,000 thermal-based wristband printer install with a healthcare organization after demonstrating its solution’s superior quality and lower total cost of ownership (TCO).
Top Challenges Facing The Retail IT Channel
Resellers are always interested in what one another are doing. That’s one of the reasons our feature articles and case studies are so popular. It’s also a reason why the networking portion of industry events is found to be so valuable. At RSPA INSPIRE earlier this year, attendees broke up into groups to share information on challenges and changes facing the market. I was glancing through my notes from that session and thought the information would be interesting to those not in the room.
Mobile Payments & Inventory Management Deliver Customer Loyalty
This ISV has achieved double-digit growth by staying on top of its delivery company clients’ needs for mobile payments and improved on-shelf forecasting.
Managed services providers (MSPs) face an array of complex questions as they decide whether to migrate workloads to and between clouds.
This Infographic from NEC addresses shoppers buying behaviors in five key areas retailers are facing today.
When Numa Networks launched in 2009 as a pure-play MSP, they moved from a traditional break-fix IT services model to a proactive approach that addresses on-going customer needs to build their business. Key to their success has been the integration of N-able’s remote monitoring and management (RMM) technology.
We all know it’s true: A lot of channel programs are still being managed with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. It’s far more common than you’d expect, even in some of the larger companies. And, honestly, there’s nothing wrong with using spreadsheets if you want to manage a very small program, incentive, or campaign — or even analyze a set of data. But ask for anything complex, and your spreadsheet is probably creating more work than it’s doing. Here are five signs you need an incentive platform, not a spreadsheet.
Lots of changes with the Level Platforms product in 2014. The biggest is probably that the product was rebranded AVG Managed Workplace® following acquisition of the business of Level Platforms by AVG in June 2013. In Q4 2013, AVG updated RMM pricing to a straight forward ‘per device’ & ‘per server model’. That is to say the MSP only pays for the number of servers and devices they manage regardless of their locations and customer spread. This is intended to simplify billing and provide clarity for the MSP both in terms of expenditure & revenues.
Since our original review, LabTech has added features and functionality such as next generation integrations with ConnectWise and Autotask PSAs. a LabTech Ignite Plugin (pre-configured out-of-box experience that saves MSPs countless hours of configuration), fully integrated and supported industry-leading TeamViewer integration, and script engine enhancements.
Since January 2013, N-able announced the general availability of N-central 9.1, 9.2 and 9.3 to provide significant new business and technical capabilities to its managed service provider partners (MSPs). The award-winning N-central managed IT services platform easily scales and now supports hybrid IT environments and mobile devices (Apple and Android), as well as Windows 8 & 8.1 and Windows Server 2012.
Since 2013, GFI MAX has seen some significant changes such as remote background management (Real-time connectivity to end-client devices for management and remediation), mobile device management of Android- & iOS-based devices (Windows Phone already under development), and a new help desk and customer service solution with integrated ticket-creation in RemoteManagement.
Datto Inc. is an award-winning vendor of backup, disaster recovery (BDR) and intelligent business continuity solutions, providing best-in-class technology and support to its 5,000+ channel Partners throughout North America and Europe. Datto is the only hybrid-cloud BDR vendor that provides instant on- and off-site virtualization of servers and workstations, achieved through its Inverse Chain Technology.
AVG Technologies USA, Inc.
AVG is a global security software maker protecting more than 100 million active users in 170 countries from the ever-growing incidence of Web threats, viruses, spam, cyber-scams and hackers on the Internet.
Accu-Time Systems, Inc.
Founded in 1991, Accu-Time Systems (ATS) has been a trusted global leader in workforce management, offering state-of-the-art solutions for time and attendance, payroll, and security access. For almost 20 years, Accu-Time Systems has been a global supplier for workforce productivity, planning, human resource data collection, and labor management.
N-able Technologies Inc.
N-able Technologies is the global leader in remote monitoring and management automation solutions for managed service providers (MSPs) and IT departments. N-able's award-winning N-central software and complementary toolsets are proven to reduce IT support costs, improve network performance and increase productivity through the proactive monitoring, management and optimization of IP-enabled devices and IT infrastructure.
Mercury Payment Systems
Mercury® provides integrated payment processing solutions that help businesses prosper. Known for secure and reliable processing, Mercury’s solutions are built into the POS, helping merchants reduce errors in data entry, manage cash flow, and minimize risk.
We at BlueStar, along with our mobility vendors and ISV partners, believe that offering the right tools, solutions, and education we can build a strong foundation for our partners selling and implementing mobility solutions.
CharTec Marketing Lab
Discover how marketing drives sales and get more prospects in your sales funnel at the CharTec Marketing Lab. Let our experts guide you through all things marketing: Campaign Development, Branding, Social Media, Strategy, Content Development, and more. Empower your Marketing staff and achieve success by consistently delivering on your marketing objectives!
Zebra R110Xi4 RFID Printer/Encoder
With Zebra’s R110Xi4 RFID printer/encoder—optimized for high-volume operations— you can print and encode a variety of UHF radio frequency identification smart labels for a multitude of applications.
The New Standard for Intelligent Business Continuity. Accept Nothing Less.
Datto SIRIS is the only backup and disaster recovery solution to offer instant on-site and off-site virtualization, screenshot verification of backups, and intelligent business continuity all from one simple management interface.
Zebra ZM400™ Printer
The ZM400 and ZM600 printers bring added flexibility to the popular Z Series platform, which has always stood out from the competition in terms of both performance and price.
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