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    Instilling Mobile Confidence In Your Healthcare IT Clients

    As the amount of data in circulation in healthcare grows, and as the industry itself becomes more complex, obtaining and maintaining clients will become increasingly grounded in vendors being able to instill trust.

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    Why Retail VARs Should Consider Tablet POS Hardware With Universal OS Support

    If you are grappling with the decision of which operating system your tablet point of sale (POS) hardware should support, Paul Rasori, EVP, product and marketing, for Powa Technologies, says the answer could be: Don’t limit yourself to one. In this exclusive interview with Business Solutions, Rasori explains the importance of universal support for iOS, Android, and Windows to you and your merchant IT clients — now and in the future.

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Loyalty programs have earned a place in the toolbox of merchants that depend on repeat purchases from their customers. Repeat business is great, but there is an even better reason why loyalty programs are important: they save money.

Why Your Hospitality Clients Should Transition To EMV Now

There’s no such thing as traveling light today. Hotel guests are carrying a heavy load of sensitive financial information on their credit cards when they check-in. Just as they expect their hotel rooms to be comfortable and clean, they also expect their data to remain secure before, during and after their stay.

Disaster Strikes: 3 Critical Factors That Should Be A Part Of A Recovery Plan

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What IT Solutions Providers Need To Know About Bitcoins And Cryptocurrency

Bitcoins are a form of cryptocurrency, meaning they do not have a physical representation. Instead they are stored in an online exchange in anonymous wallets. They can be transferred anywhere in the world via the Internet. They can be paid from anywhere, to anywhere with total anonymity. The long and short of it is: They are the ideal form of payment for illicit activities and hackers.

What To Consider When Planning Your Business Exit Strategy, Part I

One of the areas I spend considerable time on is helping business owners prepare for and then complete an exit from the business they often founded and have worked in for decades. Let’s get one thing straight:  It is a big deal for an entrepreneurial owner to exit his or her business. In fact, it is a very big deal. The saddest call I receive comes from a small business owner that has worked in their company for decades. It was their creation, and they have poured sweat and blood into building it to where it is today.

6 Reasons Every MSP Should Sell VoIP

Remember the days when the most integration your computer and your telephone had was when you connected to the Internet via dial-up modem?  It was really more like the occasional meet-up than a full-fledged marriage between two critical pieces of technology. Phone systems, like mainframe computers, were highly specialized, cumbersome, and expensive long-term commitments — and there was an equally specialized and highly trained sector of people who sold and serviced them. 

The Appeal Of Open Source And The Opportunities For VARS

Enterprise IT decision makers are now among the ranks of those taking a long look at what open source software can offer their organizations. Given the advantages, this transition comes as no surprise. VARs would do well to pay attention to this trend and be prepared to offer strategic advice and solutions that will help their enterprise customers address current and future needs.

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In our last blog post, we discussed the importance of understanding the true costs associated with owning business hardware. Once you are cognisant of your hardware’s total cost of ownership, you are better equipped to make the difficult decision between making a CapEx purchase or subscribing to a solution provided as-a-Service. In order to help you make an informed decision, here are some of the advantages and disadvantages associated with an outright purchase and with a monthly as-a-Service subscription.

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A VAR & MSP's Guide To Health IT Trends

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