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It used to be that Macs were only in schools or used at home. Today, Macs have entered the workplace and need to be managed and monitored just like PCs. With that need in mind, LOGICnow has announced the introduction of remote management capability for the Mac platform and that it has acquired Mac-MSP, a provider of Apple Mac-centric SaaS tools for MSPs. These two developments will enable MSPs using the LOGICnow platform to deliver support for both Macs and PCs, helping them to differentiate their services and support clients more effectively.

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    Health IT Interoperability Standards Released By ONC

    Healthcare is charging into interoperability, and the Office of the National Coordinatory for Health IT (ONC) has released guidance to smooth things along.

  • Innovation Is Job #1 On Day #2 Of RSPA INSPIRE 2016
    Innovation Is Job #1 On Day #2 Of RSPA INSPIRE 2016

    “Innovation” was one of the trending words at NRF’s Big Show a couple weeks ago and I’m hearing it over and over again at RSPA INSPIRE 2016. The conference for executives in the retail IT channel is taking place at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in San Diego, CA.

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A Marketing Idea That Will Blow Your Socks Off

It's no secret that many IT solutions providers struggle when it comes to marketing. At Business Solutions, we recently conducted a survey and wrote a report on the state of marketing in the channel -- what works, and what doesn't. Coincidentally, at a recent Channel Transitions conference, one of our panelists shared a marketing idea that got the crowd (and other panelists) pretty excited. Today, I speak with that panelist, Dave Wilkeson, CEO of MSPAdvisor, about his idea and he shares all the details you need to make it a reality for your business.

You Are The Smartest People In The Room

It must be an amazing time to work at the Apples, Googles, and Teslas of the world. These companies are teeming with the best and the brightest, working on innovative products and disruptive technologies. It felt much the same way during the golden era of Wall Street. Recruiting events at Harvard and Stanford were standing room only affairs. 

Addressing Variability In Barcode Labeling

Labeling today is complex with companies facing a wide range of evolving requirements including regional, language, customer, and regulatory requirements — all of which must be met in a quick and efficient manner to avoid disruption to business and to companies supply chains. Companies that are not able to support these new requirements and streamline label changes to deal with this extensive variability can end up with fines, dissatisfied customers, and loss of business. Enterprise Labeling allows businesses to deal with variability in labeling by enabling label formatting and content to change dynamically to support a myriad of different label combinations with a minimum number of label designs. By Mike Ward, Vice President of Technical Services, Loftware

What The Average Fire Department Can Teach MSPs

My good friend and managed services provider (MSP) CEO Michael Halperin once asked me, “What does the average fire department spend 2 to 5 percent of their time doing?” Being a former volunteer fireman, I knew the answer was fighting fires, but hadn’t given much thought as to why and the parallels to the managed services world of today.

4 Reasons You Should be Selling Drones

2015 will go down as a breakthrough year for drones in both consumer and commercial applications with the first FAA regulations announced, vast growth in the consumer market, and serious commercial enterprises exploding onto the scene.

3 Questions VMs Should Ask Their Vendors About The Last Inch Of Deliverability

One of the biggest challenges vendor managers (VMs) face today is dealing with growth and change. The reality for many is that vendor relationships often take years to build and nurture. These relationships are established on a foundation of signed agreements, established SLAs, and trust. This collaboration is beneficial until you get to the point where your growth trajectory accelerates and you find yourself needing to scale operations at a rapid pace, thus placing the vendor in a position of being unable to meet your needs or perform at the required level.

IT Solutions Providers: Forget Your ABCs (Always Be Closing)

The title of this article refers to a cliché from the old school of selling. “Always Be Closing” was actually made famous in the movie Glengarry Glen Ross (1992). As a sales strategy, it worked very well at one point in time. But, those times have come and gone.

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Companies need to be very strategic about how they want to add new technology partners to their portfolios. Despite the give and take required to enter into the right partnerships, there are a few terms on which you must insist.

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