Mobile Disruption Births New Care Models According To Stanford Children’s CMO
Mobile Disruption Births New Care Models According To Stanford Children’s CMO

Across most of healthcare’s history, care models have been heavily dictated by caregivers and government decisions. The advent of new technologies though, is changing everything. By Megan Williams, contributing writer

  • Business Threats Force IT Leaders To Re-Envision Data Availability Strategies
    Business Threats Force IT Leaders To Re-Envision Data Availability Strategies

    Arcserve provides new strategies for optimizing response to unplanned downtime. By Christine Kern, contributing writer

  • Managed Services And Networking News
    Managed Services And Networking News

    Information technology channel firms are caught up in a dichotomy over where cloud computing fits into their business, new research from CompTIA reveals. Nearly 40 percent of companies surveyed for CompTIA’s Sixth Annual State of the Channel report say cloud computing is the number one reason to be optimistic about the channel’s future. At the same time, cloud computing is one of the main reasons that a third of channel firms surveyed are thinking negatively about the days ahead.

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CURRENT ISSUE

  • Stand Apart With Custom Software
    Stand Apart With Custom Software

    This integrator developed a simple software app that speeds up data entry, leading to opportunities in law enforcement, healthcare, education, fitness clubs, and more.

  • Predictions: The Biggest Security Threats Of 2017

    Four experts weigh in on the most significant security trends anticipated for next year and share advice on how IT solutions providers can best protect their customers.

  • Lessons From The Road

    As this issue reaches everyone’s mailbox in the first week of December, I’ll be wrapping up my last business trip of the year by attending Ingram Micro’s fall ONE conference in Las Vegas. Including this trip, my fall event calendar was pretty full. Between partner conferences, expos, trade shows, and Business Solutions’ own events, I hit up eight events over the past few months. While each event was different, in looking back through my notebook, I see some repeating trends. Additionally, there are some important comments I haven’t been able to share until now.

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PREMIUM CONTENT

The Definitive Office 365 Sales Guide

What differentiates a good sales person from a bad one is often the ability to ask good questions and really listen to the answers. In fact, almost 50% of your sales effort should be put in understanding the business needs of your potential clients. Once you understand the business reality as well as the processes, problems, challenges, and goals, the sales part is quite easy.

How To Profit From Selling Office 365

The IT landscape has shifted a lot in recent years. No one would argue that Office 365 is one of the hottest products to hit the cloud market in a long time. There is definitely a great opportunity for Managed Service Providers to teach SMBs about the potential of Office 365 and the new benefits it has to offer.

To Become A Successful VAR, Do These 3 Things

To ensure they are getting both what they want and need when purchasing POS systems, merchants often turn to VARs for assistance as a VAR brings superior experience and expertise, as well-being as a single point of contact for questions, assistance, and maintenance. Because, let’s face it: a merchant is never looking to just purchase a POS system. Businesses require an entire sales system — equipment, processing, and a gateway — as well as what can be multiple integrations to make them all work together.

Fighting Counterfeit Bills In Retail This Holiday Season

Retailers know this cold fact: Receive a counterfeiter bill, and you’re often stuck with it. Counterfeit bills cannot be exchanged for real currency, and trying to pass one off to someone else is illegal.

SIP Trunking Goes Mainstream

Recently, I read an article on Forbes, Adapt or Die: The Dangers of Hanging Onto Legacy Technologies. By Darren DeMartino, co-founder and managing partner, Advanced Technology Consulting

4 Cloud-Based Services Every MSP Should Offer

It's no secret cloud-based services are in abundance right now. As an MSP, there are certain services that you must have in your arsenal to offer to your clients. By Stanley Louissaint, president, Fluid Designs Inc. and ASCII Group member since 2014

Tape Has Died Many Deaths, Now It Lives In The Cloud

It is easy to understand why tape has been occasionally challenged as a key technology for data retention and why it has stubbornly remained indispensable to industries with a great deal data. By Mark Pastor, director of archive and technical workflow solutions, Quantum

The Happy Hacking Holiday Season

The holiday season not only rings in more cheer and the shopping frenzy, but more cyberattacks against businesses. Cyber criminals know that end users are the weakest link and increase their attacks via email and the web during this time of year.

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SPECIAL REPORTS

  • The Annual Guide To POS & Payment Processing Trends
    The Annual Guide To POS & Payment Processing Trends

    If you want to know more about EMV and how to maximize your payments-related revenue, this guide is for you. After surveying both small and large retailers on their top technology needs (and where they plan to spend), surveying our own readers, and studying analysts’ data on the market, we came up with a list of the four most important topics of today and the near future: payment processing (special focus on security/EMV and mobility), mobile POS, POS-as-a-Service, and customer experience/ engagement.

  • 2016 VAR & ISV's Guide To EMV & Payment Security
    2016 VAR & ISV's Guide To EMV & Payment Security

    Many IT solutions providers, both VARs and software developers, rank dealing with payment security slightly higher than a trip to the dentist. It’s not something people want to spend time on. To most, payment security is not a money-making profit center. Additionally, the rules seem to be ever-changing and nearly impossible to get ahead of. To top it off, the bad guys always seem to be one step ahead.

  • Partner Program Insider 2016
    Partner Program Insider 2016

    Are your vendor partners merely providers of product for you to sell, or true partners that are walking with you hand-in-hand and working to help you succeed? If you didn’t answer “true partners,” it might be time to reevaluate the relationship.

  • Best Channel Vendors 2016
    Best Channel Vendors 2016

    Here are 2016's Best Channel Vendors, listed first by technology category (Business Continuity through VoIP) and then by technology subcategory. One of the main purposes of this special report is to give our resellers a guide to who their peers think are Best Channel Vendors.

  • Business Solutions Executive Insight 2015
    Business Solutions Executive Insight 2015

    2016 is just a few holiday parties away and will be here before we know it. This month prior is a good opportunity to take a step back and reflect on the past year. What has your company done well? Are there wins you should be celebrating? What will your company look like in the years to come? What have you struggled with? Are you taking steps to ensure that those same struggles don’t occur in 2016?

  • Business Solutions’ Guide To Health IT Trends For VARs & MSPs
    Business Solutions’ Guide To Health IT Trends For VARs & MSPs

    Healthcare IT continues to evolve and change, and IT solutions providers in this vertical need to address the challenges their clients face as they try to keep up with standards, regulations, and trends.

FEATURED SUPPLIERS

  • Datto Inc.
    Datto Inc.

    Datto Inc. is an award-winning vendor of backup, disaster recovery (BDR) and intelligent business continuity solutions, providing best-in-class technology and support to its 5,000+ channel Partners throughout North America and Europe.  Datto is the only hybrid-cloud BDR vendor that provides instant on- and off-site virtualization of servers and workstations, achieved through its Inverse Chain Technology.

  • Webroot
    Webroot

    Webroot delivers intelligent cybersecurity for endpoint, mobile and web to channel partners, consumers, businesses, and enterprises worldwide. Powered by its BrightCloud® collective threat intelligence network, Webroot protects the internet of everything. Our cloud-based threat detection, high performance, lightweight agents, and single, web-based point of control have changed the way businesses think about protecting mobile devices, PCs and servers. Named a ‘Visionary’ in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms, Webroot’s smarter approach to security is why companies including Cisco, F5 Networks, GateProtect, HP, Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks, Proofpoint, RSA and others choose our solutions for advanced threat protection for their security products and services.

  • WorldPay
    WorldPay

    Worldpay US, a division of The Worldpay Group, provides and develops industry-leading payments processing products and services to ISV/VARs and merchants large and small. Verticals include retail, grocery, petroleum, restaurant, and many others. Innovation and investment allow Worldpay to continue to offer a secure and reliable payments platform.

  • RSPA
    RSPA
    RSPA stands for Retail Solutions Providers Association. We are the only association dedicated to the retail technology industry.  

     

  • Bematech
    Bematech

    Bematech has over three decades of expertise in the United States with a wide distribution network that covers over 500,000 points of sale in 37 countries. The company operates four R&D excellence centers, with over 1,200 professionals in Brazil, China, Taiwan, United States, and Argentina. Comprehensive customer service and technical support based in the United States. Bematech prides itself on being a knowledge based leader in the industry offering complete and customizable POS bundles including All-in-Ones, kitchen display systems, cash drawers, scanners, printers, touch monitors, customer displays and more.

  • CompTIA
    CompTIA

    CompTIA is the voice of the world's information technology (IT) industry.

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WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

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FEATURED PRODUCTS

  • Stratis™ Tablet Holder For Cash Drawer Integration
    Stratis™ Tablet Holder For Cash Drawer Integration

    APG’s Stratis™ tablet holder is designed for retailers who are installing mobile and/or Thin (Thinbility) iPad ® based point of sale applications. POS software is moving to tablets and to the cloud for easy accessibility and instant reporting. Designed to allow the retailer to take advantage of the small foot print tablet, the Stratis™ tablet holder adds an elegant look to your POS environment.

  • BluePRO™ Bluetooth Device
    BluePRO™ Bluetooth Device

    Model 510 Bluetooth Device for a Low-Cost Printer Kick Cash Drawer.

    APG Cash Drawer introduces the BluePRO™ device — the 1st ever Bluetooth enabled cash drawer. BluePRO™ connects a low-cost, printer-kick cash drawer and pairs it with a mobile device. By creating a one-to-one relationship, retailers can now wirelessly synchronize and transfer data between a mobile device and the cash drawer. The BluePRO™ device achieves proximity when the mobile device comes within limited range of the drawer.

     

  • APG Vasario 1313 Cash Drawer
    APG Vasario 1313 Cash Drawer

    Vasario Standard Duty

    The Vasario series is the cost effective choice that doesn’t sacrifice quality or dependability.

  • APG Series 3500 Cash Drawer
    APG Series 3500 Cash Drawer

    The Series 3500 high capacity narrow footprint cash drawer is built to last in tough retail environments and provides ergonomic and productive cash management support.

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Technologies and topics typically covered include data collection/supply chain, point of sale (POS), payment processing, video surveillance and access control, voice over IP (VoIP), networking, storage, managed services, network security, the cloud, mobile computing, and enterprise content management (ECM). From a market perspective, our articles focus on government, retail, hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation and logistics, education, legal, banking, and anywhere else solutions providers can find new revenue streams.

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