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Yesterday kicked off the Fall ONE Ingram Micro conference in Las Vegas. Upon arrival, I had the opportunity to catch up with Ingram’s new DC/POS leader, Jeff Yelton. You might recall a recent interview I had with Yelton where he highlighted a handful of technology areas he thought solutions providers should focus to have success. During this conversation, we didn’t talk technology as we did business acumen.

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    Manufacturing And Warehousing IT News For VARs — September 22, 2014

    In the news, 3D printing, automation are focuses of the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) conference. Also, manufacturing growth is anticipated through 2016, and applying Lean principles can help your clients save time and money. In addition, a webcast on Wednesday will show how digital manufacturing is transforming American industry.

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    Archie Manning is best known for his football prowess and the success of his NFL quarterback sons Peyton and Eli. But he proved today during his keynote speech at VARTECH 2014, the annual conference hosted by value-added distributor BlueStar, he knows something about teamwork and leading an organization. Manning spoke to an estimated crowd of more than 1,000 channel executives Friday morning at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans.

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Managed Services continues to be a high growth market with many MSPs rapidly acquiring new customers, managing new devices and building recurring revenue. The reason for this growth is the reliance of SMBs on their IT infrastructure without the IT budgets to justify staffing their own technicians. MSPs are in a perfect position to continue to shift SMBs away from hourly rates and into fully managed services. Moving to a model with consistent monthly fees provides stable IT costs for the customer and predictable recurring revenue for the provider.

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