From ASCII Atlantic City: Top 5 Tech Trends Of 2014

One of the reasons I enjoy attending channel conferences is the opportunity to hear from a variety of perspectives. You think you’ve heard every angle on our industry, but then someone explains their perspective and you think about the IT channel in a different way.

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    I have greatly valued the partnership between Business Solutions and The ASCII Group, so I was doubly honored when they asked me to kick off their final Success Summit of 2014 in Atlantic City today. Hire Like You Just Beat Cancer was the name of my ASCII presentation and is the title of a book I published in 2012, in part to celebrate my 10 years of being cancer-free.

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    Government IT News For Vars — October 22, 2014

    In news this week, a new sandworm vulnerability has been identified and patched, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has a new high-tech concept car, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has released an updated smartphone app to track child predators.

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5 Keys To Successfully Sell Business Continuity As A Service

Market demand for business continuity (BC) as a service is growing and lucrative. Mere data backup is no longer sufficient for customers who depend on their critical data and systems every minute of every day. They need true automated business continuity that will not just let them recover files as they existed at some point in the past—but that will empower them to immediately continue operating their business no matter what happens to their hardware or their offices.

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Cash Management Solutions: The Emerging Opportunity For POS Dealers

If you think credit and debit cards are about to displace cash for retail transactions, think again. Legal tender accounts for as much as 40 percent of transactions overall and up to two-thirds of purchases under $10. So while plastic and electronic payments often have been pegged as the currency of the future, the oft-predicted cashless society is nowhere in sight.

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