Restaurant And Hospitality News For VARs – April 23, 2014

This week the news includes a warning that hackers are using third-parties to gain access to data through vulnerable systems. Also, hotels and other retailers are adopting new mobile technology for check-in. And finally, in an interview with Forest Key of Buuteeq, we find out why hotel marketing is flying to the cloud. 

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    The news includes an article that examines the question of the best uses for student data without infringing on student privacy. In other stories, technology is part of the plan to avert a potential achievement gap in schools across California, and 15 years after the tragedy at Columbine High School, school security remains a top concern in the nation.

  • Healthcare IT News For VARs — April 18, 2014
    Healthcare IT News For VARs — April 18, 2014

    In this week’s news: healthcare vendors are frustrated with the implications of another ICD-10 delay, and EHR vendors falling are behind ACO solutions providers.

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