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Fifteen years ago, the margin pressure faced by VARs by the success of Dell's direct online sales model (and the many others that followed) created the conditions for the evolution of the IT industry from the VAR to the managed services provider (MSP) — transitioning from making retail margins to a recurring revenue model with aligned interests was an exciting salvation for many IT businesses and professionals around the world.

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A VAR & MSP's Guide To Health IT Trends

A VAR & ISV's Guide To EMV

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