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    This VAR looks at EMV (Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) terminal upgrades as a way to endear customers and move into conversations around high-margin solutions.

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    An MSP’s ability to quickly and accurately diagnose and resolve a medical device manufacturer’s network problems led to a managed services contract win and a 20 TB backup and disaster recovery (BDR) upsell.

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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

4 Print And Document Trends To Adopt In 2017

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Is This The Year You Master Process Management?

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Surgical Services Firm Speeds Search And Retrieval Of Vital Documents With KnowledgeLake

AMSURG has a large presence nationwide. It has more than 250 ASCs in 34 states and provides physician services in 24 states, employing more than 2,800 physicians and other healthcare professionals. This vast network of healthcare facilities and practitioners generates an immense amount of financial documentation, particularly at the end of each month. The methods that the company used in the past for backing up its accounting documents were outdated and inefficient.

My Tried And True Method Of Selling Clients On EMV

The EMV liability shift happened October 2015, yet 63 percent of merchants are still not EMV ready. The cause for much of this may be the perception of added expense or misconceptions about the ramifications. However, card present merchants that are not utilizing chip readers are losing out in a significant way.

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    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.

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    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
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    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.

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    Best Channel Vendors 2016

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    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?

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    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.

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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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