Cyber Risk Number Two Concern According To ‘Top 10 Global Business Risks For 2017’
Cyber Risk Number Two Concern According To ‘Top 10 Global Business Risks For 2017’

Report identifies top corporate challenges and potential solutions for 2017. By Christine Kern, contributing writer

  • Business Intelligence Trends To Look For In 2017
    Business Intelligence Trends To Look For In 2017

    In recent years, organizations have become infused with data, big and small. Organizations that saw the competitive advantage in collecting, storing, and harnessing this data quickly began to innovate quicker than ever before. The old way of approaching business intelligence was fading, and the business and IT sides of companies began collaborating to maximize this new found influence. Since this infusion of data and collaboration with IT and business, trends in the business intelligence industry have become a hot topic.

  • Winning MSPs Capitalizing On Cloud And Comprehensive Solutions
    Winning MSPs Capitalizing On Cloud And Comprehensive Solutions

    The MSP market is still growing and now offering more choices to satisfy customers. By Christine Kern, contributing writer

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CURRENT ISSUE

  • Lessons From The Road

    As this issue reaches everyone’s mailbox in the first week of December, I’ll be wrapping up my last business trip of the year by attending Ingram Micro’s fall ONE conference in Las Vegas. Including this trip, my fall event calendar was pretty full. Between partner conferences, expos, trade shows, and Business Solutions’ own events, I hit up eight events over the past few months. While each event was different, in looking back through my notebook, I see some repeating trends. Additionally, there are some important comments I haven’t been able to share until now.

  • Special Report: IT Insights 2017

    Survey data reveals the hottest verticals and technologies in 2016, and what solutions providers are focusing on for 2017.

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PREMIUM CONTENT

Sunshine Daydream Offers Groovy Digital Receipt Solution To Customers

Sunshine Daydream Hippie Shop is a psychedelic shopping boutique, located in St. Louis, Missouri. Sunshine Daydream offers an array of merchandise from clothes, to home décor, to smoking accessories, and more. Already a user of Star Micronics TSP100 LAN printers, Sunshine Daydream has decided to implement Star’s AllReceipts™ digital receipt app in all four locations, allowing customers to store and manage their receipts digitally on their smart phones.

Star-Salesforce Solution Helps Capture Data And Respond At Each Touchpoint On The Customer’s Journey

Operating under the brand names Blackbird Vineyards, Recuerdo Wines, Resolute Wines, and ÆRENA Galleries & Gardens, Bespoke Collection offers a curated selection of boutique wines, one-of-a-kind objet d’art, and unique lifestyle experiences.

Gorge Greenery Grows Their Business With Star Micronics And Green Bits

Gorge Greenery, the only Clean Green Certified recreational marijuana dispensary in the Columbia Gorge, prides itself on providing the highest quality cannabis products from the best producers and growers in Oregon. Gorge Greenery was able to find a simple, yet reliable point of sale solution for their upcoming dispensary through Green Bits and Star Micronics.

What’s In Store For Storage In 2017

By 2020, 10 million cars on the road are expected to have self-driving features, reflecting the continuing move toward an IoT-based world and advances in artificial intelligence (AI). Designing autonomous vehicles requires the ability to harness massive amounts of camera and sensor data, analyze it, and apply AI technology. By Molly Rector, VP of Global Marketing, Quantum

4 Data Trends That Will Keep BDR Top Of Mind For Customers

Data loss or theft is a fact of life for organizations of all sizes. We’ve come to expect hardware failure or human error and criminals targeting smaller organizations that spend less of IT security and disaster recovery. But recently, foreign hackers and criminals have upped the game, conducting serious cyber-attacks and wreaking havoc on organizations and governments. By Matthew Held, CEO and Co-Founder, Manawa Networks and ASCII Group Member Since 2015

The Cloud + Your Clients’ Business: What MSPs Need To Know In 2017

If it feels like everybody is talking about cloud, it’s not your imagination. Cloud is growing at 19.4 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) and shows great promise for 2017. With this kind of growth, what changes should MSPs expect to see in their clients’ business use of cloud in 2017? By Kirill Bensonoff, Founder of Unigma

Misconceptions About Developing Mobile Applications For Enterprise

In part one of this series, I looked at six misconceptions IT managers come across when running enterprise mobility projects. This article focuses on misconceptions about developing mobile applications for Enterprise. Simply because some mobile application development tools leverage skills such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript doesn’t mean it will be as easy as building a web application. While web developers have had more focus on the mobile experience of their websites, there are additional constraints with mobile application development.

2017 Payment Trends: Technology, Security Lead The Way

Each year, payment technology continues to evolve and introduce new solutions that disrupt the payments industry. From advances with payment processing products like point-of-sale hardware and terminals to new technology and security products, many innovations have changed the current state of payments. By Bill Lodes, EVP of Business Development and Strategy, First American Payment Systems

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SPECIAL REPORTS

  • Best Channel Vendors 2017
    Best Channel Vendors 2017

    Our Best Channel Vendors survey, conducted with statisticians from Penn State, takes a look at the best vendors in Business Continuity/BDR, Data Collection/Mobility, Labeling, ECM Hardware & Software, General Computing, Networking & Security, POS Hardware & Software, Payment Processing, Managed Services, Video Surveillance/Access Control, and VoIP as voted by your peers.

  • The Annual Guide To POS & Payment Processing Trends
    The Annual Guide To POS & Payment Processing Trends

    If you want to know more about EMV and how to maximize your payments-related revenue, this guide is for you. After surveying both small and large retailers on their top technology needs (and where they plan to spend), surveying our own readers, and studying analysts’ data on the market, we came up with a list of the four most important topics of today and the near future: payment processing (special focus on security/EMV and mobility), mobile POS, POS-as-a-Service, and customer experience/ engagement.

  • 2016 VAR & ISV's Guide To EMV & Payment Security
    2016 VAR & ISV's Guide To EMV & Payment Security

    Many IT solutions providers, both VARs and software developers, rank dealing with payment security slightly higher than a trip to the dentist. It’s not something people want to spend time on. To most, payment security is not a money-making profit center. Additionally, the rules seem to be ever-changing and nearly impossible to get ahead of. To top it off, the bad guys always seem to be one step ahead.

  • Partner Program Insider 2016
    Partner Program Insider 2016

    Are your vendor partners merely providers of product for you to sell, or true partners that are walking with you hand-in-hand and working to help you succeed? If you didn’t answer “true partners,” it might be time to reevaluate the relationship.

  • Best Channel Vendors 2016
    Best Channel Vendors 2016

    Here are 2016's Best Channel Vendors, listed first by technology category (Business Continuity through VoIP) and then by technology subcategory. One of the main purposes of this special report is to give our resellers a guide to who their peers think are Best Channel Vendors.

  • Business Solutions Executive Insight 2015
    Business Solutions Executive Insight 2015

    2016 is just a few holiday parties away and will be here before we know it. This month prior is a good opportunity to take a step back and reflect on the past year. What has your company done well? Are there wins you should be celebrating? What will your company look like in the years to come? What have you struggled with? Are you taking steps to ensure that those same struggles don’t occur in 2016?

FEATURED SUPPLIERS

  • Harbortouch
    Harbortouch

    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.

  • RSPA
    RSPA
    RSPA stands for Retail Solutions Providers Association. We are the only association dedicated to the retail technology industry.  

     

  • StorageCraft Technology Corporation
    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.

  • CompTIA
    CompTIA

    CompTIA is the voice of the world's information technology (IT) industry.

  • Solarwinds MSP
    Solarwinds MSP

    Solarwinds MSP is the global leader in remote monitoring and management automation solutions for managed service providers (MSPs) and IT departments.

  • Vantiv Integrated Payments
    Vantiv Integrated Payments

    Vantiv Integrated Payments 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.

INDUSTRY PARTNERS AND ASSOCIATIONS

ASCII CompTIA HTG Peer Groups Small Biz Thoughts
SMB TechFest 2112 Group RSPA Money 20/20
Shoptalk ASP Drone Dealer Expo Michael E Gerber Companies

 

BEST CHANNEL VENDORS 2017

  • Best Channel Vendors 2017
    Best Channel Vendors 2017

    Our Best Channel Vendors survey, conducted with statisticians from Penn State, takes a look at the best vendors in Business Continuity/BDR, Data Collection/Mobility, Labeling, ECM Hardware & Software, General Computing, Networking & Security, POS Hardware & Software, Payment Processing, Managed Services, Video Surveillance/Access Control, and VoIP as voted by your peers.

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

The Business Solutions team considers the channel more than just “a market” or “an industry.” It’s our community, and we want everyone in our community to thrive with greater profits, predictable revenue, and a sustainable business model.

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FEATURED PRODUCTS

  • POS Elite
    POS Elite

    Harbortouch POS Elite combines state-of-the-art software with top-of-the-line hardware to deliver a high quality POS system that is unmatched in both reliability and usability.

  • Accelerated Funding
    Accelerated Funding

    Mercury’s Accelerated Funding solution provides a faster way for you to get your money from payment processing transactions.

  • MercuryGift
    MercuryGift

    Our gift card service is designed to help you generate new revenue, increase exposure of your brand, and manage gift card sales for one store or an entire chain.

  • MercuryPay
    MercuryPay

    Fast, reliable and secure payments for your choice of payment processing solution

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ABOUT BUSINESS SOLUTIONS

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Technologies and topics typically covered include data collection/supply chain, point of sale (POS), payment processing, video surveillance and access control, voice over IP (VoIP), networking, storage, managed services, network security, the cloud, mobile computing, and enterprise content management (ECM). From a market perspective, our articles focus on government, retail, hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation and logistics, education, legal, banking, and anywhere else solutions providers can find new revenue streams.

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