“Show Me The Money” Tool Can Help VARs Demonstrate Potential Savings

In light of the recent changes in Federal Government procurement policies and requirements, vendors might be interested in a new tool offered by MeriTalk. This tool can help agencies (and IT solutions providers) assess how much money they are currently saving — and could be saving in the future — based on policies of consolidation, virtualization, and cloud computing. 

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Security risks are introduced when data or applications are moved outside protected systems, networks, physical locations, or security domains. In an IT environment, when we rely on different sources to manage the data within the organization it may lead to loss of data and that is the reason for shadow IT. For a better view, when an organization is in need of service from an external source to maintain its data, then we can conclude the firm is at risk by software and devices used by the external source.

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For a term as light and carefree as “the cloud,” things are a bit dark and stormy in the wake of what seems like daily news headlines about data security breaches, even if they don’t directly relate to cloud-based security. These headlines underpin the pressing concern that executives working with managed services providers (MSPs) face: How can I keep my valuable data safe when I constantly hear about problems related to data security issues?

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By 2020, customer experience will overtake price and product as the key brand differentiator. You could be offering the best product or service on the market, but if you don’t treat your customers properly before, during, and after a sale, you will never be able to build a mutually-beneficial partnership that keeps them coming back. Undoubtedly, loyal customers are your most valuable business asset.

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As detailed in a recent article on Wikibon, data centers are at the center of modern software technology, serving a critical role in the expanding capabilities for enterprises. Both in terms of physical space and time required to create and maintain critical information, data centers have enabled the enterprise to do much more with much less.

5 Characteristics Of A Great IT Employee — And None Of Them Are Technical Skills

My underlying principle about recruitment is that specific skills and training are important, but they shouldn’t be your primary concern during the hiring process. Job skills are necessary, of course, but you should look beyond skills and consider the behavioral characteristics that spell success in your company. My belief has always been that I can teach you to do your job better, but I can’t change who you are. Behavioral skills are much harder to teach and to change. People skills, management, leadership, creativity, ability to deal with adversity: these are of more value in the long term than any specific “job” skill. In the end, those are what we need.

What Apple Pay Means For The Channel

Apple Pay has been a long time coming. Now that it’s here (or almost here), you’re probably wondering what it means for you as a reseller. We’ve been studying the technology and the wider payments climate carefully, and have a few tips and insights to help you navigate the ways this will change things for you and your merchant customers.

7 IT Security Best Practices For IT Pros To Protect Against Cyber Threats

Cyberattacks come in many forms, from nation-state hacking to ransomware. Malware like CryptoLocker, which netted the malware authors a reported $30M, doesn’t discriminate either — hitting the consumer, the small business, mid-market, and large enterprises. 

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