Adopting A Utility Strategy: 20 Cloud Truths To Share With Your SMB Clients

The cloud computing is becoming ubiquitous to today’s businesses, but you need to help your SMB clients understand some basic cloud truths in order to make the most of its capabilities. 

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    The Top BDR Trends Of 2015 (And Beyond)

    Four experts weigh in on how the ever-expanding data universe and customers’ need for business continuity is shaping backup and disaster recovery (BDR) technology and best practices.

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The Complete Guide To Office 365 Security

Office 365 is the fastest growing offering in Microsoft’s history, and customers are entrusting the platform to not just meet all of their productivity needs, but to secure and manage their business-critical information assets. Security in Office 365 is a constant effort to monitor, maintain, enhance, report, and verify. Microsoft wants you to know that your data inside Office 365 remains yours – they will never mine your data for advertising campaigns or access your data outside of the scope of delivering your organization with cloud productivity services. In fact, when you sign up to use Office 365 you will see a series of regulatory disclosures describing these governance measures.

Zebra’s “PartnerConnect” Partner Program Launching Q2 2016

Zebra will launch “PartnerConnect” in Q2 2016. Since Zebra acquired Motorola Solutions' Enterprise business last year, the company has been thoughtfully advancing the development of the newly named partner program.

Top 5 Tech Trends Universities Use To Enhance Student Security

It is only fitting that institutions of higher learning, where innovation is encouraged, are leading the way in advancements related to confirming student identity and controlling access to campus buildings. While student identification (ID) cards have evolved over the years, some colleges and universities have truly gone high-tech in the ways students can prove who they are.

Enterprise Labeling For A Connected, Flexible, And Efficient Supply Chain

Looking toward the future, businesses are taking a more standardized approach and respecting the importance that labeling solutions play in the supply chain. Companies are beginning to understand that they need to develop a labeling strategy alongside their supply chain strategy. They are working toward identifying a solution to meet all of the challenges of functioning in today’s global supply chain. This new focus on the strategic value of labeling has required a different and innovative approach to labeling called “enterprise labeling.”

Building Value: Components Of Successful Channel Partner Programs

In today’s always-on environment, end users have more choices than ever before: more choices in finding answers to and solving their challenges and infinite ways to buy. Disruptive technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), enterprise asset intelligence, and cloud computing coupled with end-user buying behavior impacts how channel partners position themselves in the market and what services and skills they require to survive. To meet the varying needs of customers, channel partners can deliver value from the convenience of fulfillment of replacement products to the delivery and execution of complex solutions. New partner models mean there is a need for new partner programs that quickly adapt to this evolving environment.

EMV Update: Most Merchants Aren’t Ready

The shift to EMV (EuroPay MasterCard and Visa) payment cards became official on Oct. 1, but you could be excused for missing it. Despite all of the discussion over the past few years about this event, some cardholders still don’t have EMV cards and most merchants lack the capability to handle them.

Channel Transitions: Remote Monitoring And Management Is A Must For MSPs

A packed house listened intently as Business Solutions’ president Jim Roddy talked remote monitoring and management (RMM) with Jessica Schroder, community manager for MAXfocus and Chris Soutar, director of managed services for Entre Computer Solutions. The Q&A was part of BSM’s Channel Transitions VAR/MSP Executive Conference held September 24 at the DoubleTree Chicago Downers Grove.

4 Ways To Protect Small Businesses From Data Loss

Since 2004,, a national public service campaign by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has recognized September as National Preparedness Month. As the month comes to a close, we remind you to stress with your clients that businesses should be prepared year-round for disaster. This is an opportunity for IT solution providers and SMBs alike to re-focus their efforts on ensuring that their data and critical business infrastructure are protected, should catastrophe strike.

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A VAR & MSP's Guide To Health IT Trends

A VAR & ISV's Guide To EMV + Payment Security

Business Solutions Executive Insight 2014

Business Solutions' Guide To Health IT Trends For VARs & MSPs EMV for VARs Channel Executive Insights
See how you can expand your business by taking advantage of the rapidly changing healthcare IT industry. Advice concerning EMV and its upcoming liability shift, but also a broader perspective on retail security. Channel leaders discuss trends you can take advantage of to help grow your business.


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    CharTec is the SMB channel's leading provider of recurring revenue based training for sales, operations, leadership, and marketing. Its 20,000 square foot MSP and IT training facility is the largest in North America and is integrated into a thriving multi-million dollar MSP.

  • Field Nation
    Field Nation

    Field Nation believes in a highly collaborative, global community that helps businesses achieve the most good in the world. We are a partner for people, organizations and enterprises and ensure successful collaborations so that teams can focus on accomplishing great things together.

  • ConnectWise
    ConnectWise is the leading business management solution designed exclusively for technology organizations, such as IT solution providers, MSPs, software companies, hardware/software resellers, and System Integrators.  


  • Datto Inc.
    Datto Inc.

    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.

  • CompTIA

    CompTIA is the voice of the world's information technology (IT) industry.

  • Harbortouch

    Harbortouch is a leading national provider of touch-screen point of sale (POS) systems and payment processing services. As pioneers of the “as a service” model, Harbortouch offers an unprecedented “free” POS program that allows the company’s sales partners to offer a full-featured POS system with no up-front costs.


  • APG Series 3500 Cash Drawer
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    The Series 3500 high capacity narrow footprint cash drawer is built to last in tough retail environments and provides ergonomic and productive cash management support.

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    PowaPOS T25 is the first truly all-in-one point-of sale system designed specifically to take advantage of the growing demand for tablet-based payments.

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