The highly anticipated launch of Android Pay, Google’s forthcoming payments platform and rival to Apple Pay will allow consumers to pay using their Android smartphones at point of sale as well as make purchases within mobile applications. Despite rumors that the payment solution would launch at the end of August, Tech Crunch reported that according to sources familiar with Google’s plans, Android Pay is not launching yet.
VARS: Does The Definition Of “Telehealth” Change Depending On Which State You’re In?
This report from the Center For Connected Health Policy (CCHPCA) addresses that and other questions around the emerging technology, and emphasizes issues caused by variations between states in defining “telehealth.”
2015 Awards Announced At RetailNOW
The Retail Solutions Providers Association (RSPA) announced the 2015 recipients of its Vendor of Excellence and Innovative Solutions awards at RetailNOW 2015, held Aug. 2 to 5 at Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, FL.
Why You Should Get Involved With CompTIA
One thing became very clear by the time this year’s CompTIA ChannelCon ended — this is an organization every VAR, MSP (managed services provider), integrator, and solutions provider should leverage. CompTIA is probably best known for its certifications, and it’s due to those certifications and the revenue they bring in that the nonprofit can afford to so generously serve the IT community.
7 Pricing Dos And Don’ts: Resolving MSPs’ Biggest Dilemma
Avoid common managed services pricing pitfalls, and earn the healthy profit margins your company deserves.
Lessons Learned On The Path To Triple-Digit Managed Services Growth
This VAR had to radically change its business to become a managed services provider (MSP), but another year of triple-digit growth confirms it was the right move.
Product Comparison: Backup & Recovery Software, Part 2
We compare 11 business continuity solutions. Which is right for you and your customers?
Value-Added Provider Interstate Telephone Delivers Smart Business Capabilities To Parker Ag’s Agribusiness Operations
Parker Ag Innovations, a seed and chemical distributor located in Emerson, Iowa, was looking to improve oversight of its warehouse operations with the addition of surveillance cameras.
Merchants (with the exception of petroleum merchants) need to update their credit card terminals to accept EMV chip cards by this date or they may assume financial responsibility if a data breach or counterfeit transaction occurs.
As we are coming close to the EMV liability shift, the EMV certification process with the major processors/acquirers is not easing. There is a major backlog and it seems like most of the software vendors are not going to start having full EMV capabilities before the first quarter of 2016.
As retail IT changes — with innovations in mobile point of sale (POS), payment types, and data analytics — the way a VAR creates and delivers solutions to their clients is also undergoing changes.
Everyone is concerned with digital data security today, in one way or another. For every digital advancement, there seems to be a counter development to breach its security. The trust and etiquette that once governed the use of the old telephone party lines would serve us well today, but we cannot count on such protocol for today’s data and communication devices. Additional protection is needed.
October marks the liability shift date, when the four major credit card brands, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express, will begin shifting the financial liability for credit and debit card fraud to organizations that do not support EMV chip cards.
The Webroot® 2015 Threat Brief provides an overview of the threats against a wide range of organizations and individuals during 2014. It is based on analysis of threat intelligence metrics automatically captured, analyzed and correlated across threat vectors by BrightCloud, a Big Data security engine that acts as the backbone for all Webroot endpoint solutions and threat intelligence services.
Value-added resellers (VARs) and systems integrators have choices in sourcing, assembling and deploying hardware and software solutions for customers. These IT solutions specialists can work either with a single vendor that offers most of the technology needed to build end-to-end offerings, or multiple vendors to integrate and craft more comprehensive solutions.
Your clients consider you a trusted business advisor, and that’s a key part of your success. A payment processing partnership with TransFirst® can help you build on that trust, with your valuable current clients and the new ones you’ll acquire.
Harbortouch is a leading national provider of touch-screen point of sale (POS) systems and payment processing services. As pioneers of the “as a service” model, Harbortouch offers an unprecedented “free” POS program that allows the company’s sales partners to offer a full-featured POS system with no up-front costs.
ConnectWise is the leading business management solution designed exclusively for technology organizations, such as IT solution providers, MSPs, software companies, hardware/software resellers, and System Integrators.
Mercury Payment Systems
Mercury® provides integrated payment processing solutions that help businesses prosper. Known for secure and reliable processing, Mercury’s solutions are built into the POS, helping merchants reduce errors in data entry, manage cash flow, and minimize risk.
Field Nation believes in a highly collaborative, global community that helps businesses achieve the most good in the world. We are a partner for people, organizations and enterprises and ensure successful collaborations so that teams can focus on accomplishing great things together.
StorageCraft Technology Corporation
StorageCraft Technology Corporation is a premier software company focused on helping you backup fast and recover faster. StorageCraft develops innovative disk-based backup, disaster recovery, system migration, data protection and security solutions for servers, desktops and laptops.
Mercury’s Accelerated Funding solution provides a faster way for you to get your money from payment processing transactions.
DISC Behavior Profile
People excel and shine in job roles that are a good match for their skills and natural behavior style. Our behavior profile can identify and highlight management and leadership qualities, detail-oriented, and organizational skills, natural sales ability, personal service, and team player tendencies. These items are critical to employee retention and uncovering the initial job match for skills and behavior style. Along with understanding what motivates an individual, the DISC test can capture these attributes quickly and accurately.
Datto SIRIS 2
Datto SIRIS 2 delivers the most aggressive Recovery Time Objective (RTO) of any backup, disaster recovery (BDR) and business continuity solution available today. It is the ideal solution for businesses for whom downtime is not an option. SIRIS 2 offers the best protection for a business’s mission-critical applications, delivered via the most robust and flexible technology on the market today.
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.
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