A survey reveals MOM solutions can help manufacturers overcome common hurdles to organization agility. In other news, manufacturing technology orders were down in February, but the outlook for the year is positive, and U.S. industrial output increased in March.
Retail IT News For VARs — April 18, 2014
The Heartbleed Bug tops the headlines this week, prompting some suggestions for ways to protect customer data. Also in the news, the adoption of beacons captures shoppers’ locations and preferences, as well as some advice for investing in mobile technology. Finally, the rise of social media has drastically changed the face of e-commerce.
Grocery and Convenience Store IT News — April 17, 2014
In the news this week, a survey concludes mobile payments will increase by 40 percent this year. In addition, the Heartbleed Bug is on everyone’s minds, as experts scramble to determine the extent of its impact. Also in the news, a Texas liquor store reported a security breach and beacon technology is allowing retailers to monitor customer in-store behavior and link it to their mobile technology.
Boosting Video Surveillance Revenue In Retail
Analytics and hosted solutions can provide upsell and recurring revenue opportunities for VMS VARs.
Patience Pays Off In The Healthcare Vertical
For Alpha Systems, reliable printers and a solutions-based approach have helped grow its healthcare business.
Who Else Wants To Dominate The Healthcare Market?
The healthcare vertical — if you’re not selling into this space, you wish you were. If you do sell into the vertical, you want to sell more. I’m very excited to announce that, in addition to our Channel Transitions events this year, Business Solutions has partnered with value-added distributor ScanSource to produce two Smart VAR Healthcare Summits. The goal is to provide inside information on the channel’s fastest growing vertical for VARs already engaged in healthcare and for those who are considering entering the market.
When organizations first began crowdsourcing to identify talent for specific projects, the concept seemed to offer limitless potential.
The 1.5 million registered nonprofits in the US can be a rewarding vertical for MSPs to explore in their market. With some research and planning, nonprofits can be a satisfying and profitable addition to your client roster. Working with nonprofits devoted to solving today’s substantial issues can engage the hearts of your employees, boost your reputation with current clients and elevate your standing within your community.
Remember when you first got your CRM? Everything seemed so promising — a single oracle of truth you could turn to for updates on everything going on with your client accounts. For many, though, CRMs stopped being a helpful friend and instead became a burden requiring constant updates and double entry and giving precious little back in return.
“If you don’t evolve, you don’t succeed,” says Rubin Bennett, owner and founder of rb Technologies (rbTech), an IT services firm with customers throughout the New England region. With more than 16 years in the business, Bennett knows what it takes to grow and thrive even as new advances drive change in the fast-paced technology industry.
Established in 2006 by Managing Director Peter Clarke, LanDynamix is a frontrunner in the South African managed services market. With offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town, the firm has seen sales rise as a result of leaving the reactive IT services world behind and focusing instead on being 100 per cent proactive for the benefit of clients.
Bob Stegner, senior VP of Marketing, North America, SYNNEX, shares insights into the features and performance commercial businesses are looking for from the computers on their network. SYNNEX is introducing the HP EliteOne 800 as a new part of its line.
After 12 long years, Microsoft has pulled the plug on Windows XP, and it is huge news in the payment industry. When more than 30 percent of POS systems and 95 percent of ATM machines still run on Windows XP, the discovery of a new security flaw in the system will be disastrous for merchants and banks alike. And since new cyberattacks are reported almost monthly now, it is only a matter of time. It isn’t that Microsoft has forsaken the payments industry. In fact, their reallocation of efforts towards developing better software is in everyone’s best interest, as cyber criminals get increasingly craftier. Nevertheless, Microsoft’s decision and its effects are indicative of a real need within the payments industry: the move to better, safer technology. Luckily for all, innovation in payment tech is alive and well, but it can only go so far without adoption. This is where VARs come in.
Today, even the smallest healthcare organization is a technology hub. Multiple IT systems connect providers to patients, medical specialists, online resources, and external providers and staff are increasingly equipped with mobile devices to support their work within and outside the facilities. The regulatory environment is stringent, and new state healthcare exchanges place additional security and privacy pressures on healthcare organizations.
SATO America, Inc.
Today, SATO continues its tradition of designing and manufacturing high-quality industrial printers that deliver reliable performance with each print job.
Datto Inc. is an award-winning vendor of backup, disaster recovery (BDR) and intelligent business continuity solutions, providing best-in-class technology and support to its 5,000+ channel Partners throughout North America and Europe. Datto is the only hybrid-cloud BDR vendor that provides instant on- and off-site virtualization of servers and workstations, achieved through its Inverse Chain Technology.
AVG Technologies USA, Inc.
AVG is a global security software maker protecting more than 100 million active users in 170 countries from the ever-growing incidence of Web threats, viruses, spam, cyber-scams and hackers on the Internet.
CharTec is the SMB channel's leading provider of recurring revenue based training for sales, operations, leadership, and marketing. Its 20,000 square foot MSP and IT training facility is the largest in North America and is integrated into a thriving multi-million dollar MSP.
N-able Technologies Inc.
N-able Technologies is the global leader in remote monitoring and management automation solutions for managed service providers (MSPs) and IT departments. N-able's award-winning N-central software and complementary toolsets are proven to reduce IT support costs, improve network performance and increase productivity through the proactive monitoring, management and optimization of IP-enabled devices and IT infrastructure.
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.
LXE HX2 Rugged Wearable Computer The HX2, voice ready and designed to be worn on the wrist or waist, frees both hands making it an ideal solution for high-volume scanning and picking environments.
SATO LM408/412e: Thermal Printers
Introducing the LM4e series of thermal printers by SATO. With its entry level pricing, the SATO LM4e line of products fit nicely into the budget of every Startup Company, or small business. Affordably priced, and yet offering superior performance usually reserved for print solutions costing much more, the LM4e printers are a true value for your cost sensitive applications.
MerchantWARE is a complete suite of certified payment processing solutions designed especially for Developers and VARs.
CT4i Series Desktop Thermal Printers At the core of the new CT4i printers is a new generation ultra high speed processor. With high data transfer rates and processing speed the CT4i printers will print continuously, without pausing between labels, even with changes in data and graphics on every label.
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