Are Wristbands Passé? Keep An Eye On The Wearables Revolution
Are Wristbands Passé? Keep An Eye On The Wearables Revolution

Even in the healthcare space, where innovative applications of mHealth are far from uncommon, the discussion of wearables generally centers on wristbands and watches. A recent event in Finland, however, is pushing us all to look beyond that.

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    VARs: Must The EMV Solutions You Are Providing Accept PINs?

    As U.S. consumers began using EMV cards this fall, many retailers began to push for the use of personal identification numbers (PINs) along with the new chip credit cards to create an additional layer of security to protected financial information.

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    Jim Collins Talks Greatness At Ingram Micro ONE

    Jim Collins’ books are pretty much required reading for the business world. The man’s works, including Good to Great, are highly regarded as some of the best continuing ed for aspiring business leaders. Last week I was lucky to be among the 2,000 Ingram Micro ONE attendees to be able to hear Collins speak for almost two hours. During that time, his presentation covered 12 questions to ask yourself, your team, and business that can help the business reach “greatness.”

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In order to keep up with technology advances, while at the same time reducing the cost and burden placed on staff when it comes to managing technology infrastructure, many SMBs are starting to consider thin computing. Once cost-prohibitive for smaller businesses, thin computing has become a viable option. IT organizations deploy thin client software on existing end-point devices — effectively eliminating the need to purchase new capital equipment to support thin computing environments.

Why MSPs Shouldn’t Hesitate To Provide Payment Processing Solutions

IT solutions providers with a background in the traditional networking space may consider offering payment processing solutions to clients in verticals and niches such as healthcare, automotive repair, and legal. But with data breaches frequently in the news over the past few years, a concern over liability if payment card data is compromised could be holding you back.

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Is it best to price your managed services offerings per device, per user — or using a different model? At Channel Transitions VAR/MSP Executive Conference, powered by Business Solutions, members of the managed services provider (MSP) panel Greg Zolkos, CEO of Atlas Professional Services, Jason Etheridge, president and CEO of Logic Speak, and Tom Clancy, co-founder of Valiant Technology, told which pricing models their companies use and why.

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Dr. Robert J. Bies, professor of management at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, is the keynote speaker for Retail Solutions Providers Association (RSPA) INSPIRE 2016. In this exclusive interview, Jim Roddy, president of Business Solutions, asks Bies to share a preview of his presentation he plans for the event scheduled January 31 through February 3 at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in San Diego.

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Discovering Hidden Opportunities To Lead

When a problem presents itself, it can be an opportunity to teach. You may find that you not only wrestle the problem to the ground but, over time, you end up with more capacity as you teach your team how to handle more of their challenges themselves.

Q&A With Harbortouch CEO: Will EMV Slow Down Holiday Shoppers?

With holiday shopping in full swing, Business Solutions asked Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of Harbortouch, what impact the U.S. EMV migration will have on the customer experience this season. Isaacman also shared findings from a Harbortouch survey on EMV and his insights into how mobile payments could impact EMV adoption.

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A VAR & MSP's Guide To Health IT Trends

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See how you can expand your business by taking advantage of the rapidly changing healthcare IT industry. Advice concerning EMV and its upcoming liability shift, but also a broader perspective on retail security. Channel leaders discuss trends you can take advantage of to help grow your business.


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    PowaPOS, a division of Powa Technologies, is the physical retail component of the company’s omni-channel product line. The PowaPOS T25 is the first purpose built, all-in-one hardware platform designed for iOS, Android and Windows tablets. Because we believe in the power of the development community to create rich software applications that meet the needs of the marketplace, the PowaPOS T25 is the first tablet POS to provide universal support for any tablet, any application. Though our single API SDK, developers can integrate the T25’s beautifully and intelligently placed peripherals - full size thermal printer, PowaPOS 2D Scanner, swivel position sensor, and PowaPOS Cash Drawer - as well as EMV and Apple Pay-ready payment devices. All with a single power cord. The PowaPOS T25 is an all-in-one and one-for-all POS platform.

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