Field Service IT News For VARs — October 20, 2014

In the news, articles tackle the topics of cybersecurity, how to help your clients sell more, and how creating a disruption in your market can give you the jump on the competition.

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3 Lies About Hosted UC You Can’t Buy Into

Unified Communications (UC) is a profitable, high-value line of business for VARs and MSPs (managed services providers) so why are so few capitalizing on it?  For some, it may just be the technology that keeps them at bay. For others, it could be the perceived market opportunity. Whatever the reason, the reality is that UC solutions have evolved into a turnkey technology that’s built to scale and, according to market research firm COMMfusion, is expected to reach $8.47 billion in revenues by 2016, making it a lucrative solution for channel partners.

Team Building At Its Sticky Best

We talk a lot about building a team.  There are plenty of fun, engaging group activities you can use to build your team. The Marshmallow Challenge is one of the best. This TED activity is simple. 

Multi-Channel: What Does It Mean For POS?

Mobile technologies and web based innovation has changed the world of point-of-sale (POS). Businesses used to only have to worry about their counter-top to collect revenue. The big concern was how many lanes or stations a business should have. Now the challenge many business face is how many sales channels do I employ? It’s a difficult question for all businesses of all sizes to answer.

Defining EMV Security

Starting in October 2015, all four major card brands will shift financial liability for fraudulent transactions to the entity that’s responsible for a card present payment transaction not being processed via an EMV chip card. That means that if fraud occurs based on a consumer card that is only enabled with a mag-stripe, the card issuer may be liable. But that liability could shift to the merchant if the issuer is enabled with an EMV chip (contact or contactless) and the merchant didn’t have the necessary equipment to process that transaction.

Preparing Your Business For EMV

In October of 2015, EMV will become a reality for those individuals invovled in the process of accepting credit cards. While Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express, each has their own unique description for the changes in liability, beginning in October 2015 when a fraudulent transaction occurs, liability for any resulting counterfeit losses will fall on whichever part of the chain is responsible for the EMV transaction not occurring.

Why Still Do That By Hand? 3 SMB Processes To Automate

As a business grows, you should leave Excel spreadsheets and pen and paper tracking behind. Continuing to use an outdated, manual process to manage a growing business will cost more money in the long run than investing in an automated process. Here are three processes your SMB customers will find benefits in automating.

How To Future-Proof A Business: Discovering The Internet Of Things

In this scientific era, each and every vertical in business is focusing towards the Internet of Things (IoT) to optimize its business strategies by facilitating easiness and comfort. Globalization and advancements in the fields of machine communication with wireless information technology has driven companies to focus more on the Internet for effectively managing their businesses and potential marketing for their products.

The Managed Network Services Business Case

How MFP companies are building recurring revenue and increasing profits through managed network services

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A VAR & MSP's Guide To Health IT Trends

A VAR & ISV's Guide To EMV

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A VAR & MSP's Guide To Health IT Trends EMV for VARs Channel Executive Insights
See how you can expand your business by taking advantage of the rapidly changing healthcare IT industry. If you feel like EMV is currently a point of frustration with the distant hope of turning into something lucrative, you’re not alone. Channel leaders discuss trends you can take advantage of to help grow your business.

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