We’ve done plenty of surveys, formal and informal, to know that VARs don’t historically put much emphasis on PCI with customers. It seems like many choose to take the path of “the software I sell is PCI compliant — I think — so me and my customers are good.” That might be true for some, but it’s not true for all. While I can’t stress to you the importance of PCI compliance, I also can’t seem to convince some to make it a higher priority.
New Throwable Cameras Provide Innovative Tool For Law Enforcement
Bounce Imaging, founded by an MIT alumnus in 2012, is helping law enforcement assess danger in unseen areas with its new device, the Explorer. Now, the Boston-based startup will be deploying 100 of the new gadgets to police departments nationwide, and it aims to expand to first responders and other security clients in the near future, according to MIT News. By Christine Kern, contributing writer
Use IT Client Outcomes To Show Others How To Leverage Tech: An Allscripts Example
Learning to create patient-centered solutions and respect clinician needs should be central to your health IT solutions provider’s development goals. Unfortunately, it’s entirely too easy to roll from one successful project to the next without implementing the lessons and perspectives garnered in the process.
End Users Are Interested In Managed Services Too
We’ve written a lot about managed services in recent years and have strongly urged readers to adopt the model to build a healthy recurring revenue stream.
Big Payouts Available For Integrators In The Gaming Vertical
An integrator combined video surveillance, access control, and building automation for a high-end casino.
Give Customers High Availability Business Continuity
By updating a customer’s legacy tape backup system with a BDR (backup and disaster recovery) solution, a VAR reduced the customer’s data loss threat from one week to less than 1 hour.
Sub-$1300 All-In-One POS Terminals Product Review - Table Of Contents
A VAR evaluates 7 sub-$1,300 all-in-one POS terminals and shares the pros and cons of each.
VARs and managed services providers (MSPs) who choose to sell compliance audits have one great advantage: Compliance, by definition, is mandatory. That in itself gives companies an incentive to purchase, and creates opportunities for resellers and MSPs to build their businesses. Resellers need to decide which market to pursue, and need to inform businesses exactly what they have to lose if they are found non-compliant by the bodies that govern these mandates.
Small-to-midsize businesses (SMBs) are faced with an ever-growing list of technological challenges. A few of those challenges are keeping IT systems humming, deciding which technologies to invest in, and keeping up with the latest technological developments that impact their business.
As the cloud continues to displace locally installed and managed solutions, businesses need experts to help them strategically use technology in a way that improves the efficiency of their business operations. While smart techs who’ve mastered the wizardry of registry keys and quirky Microsoft technology are able to now turn their attention to the equally opaque world of APIs and policies, smart MSPs are adding skills not often seen in technology teams in the small and medium business market: business analysts who combine high level knowledge of complex technology with an understanding of business needs.
With less than two months to the Europay MasterCard Visa (EMV) liability shift begins, many businesses accepting credit and debit cards are either scrambling to become EMV compliant or are not prepared. Rest assured the sun will rise the day after the liability shift goes into effect Oct. 1, 2015 and those businesses that have not implemented EMV will still be able to accept payments. If your merchant client is one of those business owners who is not ready, here are some short-terms actions you can take.
In business, we often talk about mission, vision, and values to our teams and the importance of ongoing discussions and communications around those major themes.
Over the past 10 years we have seen the merging of two previously distinct businesses ‐‐‐ payment processing and retail software. Organizations such as Mercury Payments, Accelerated Payments and PayPros (now openedge), Braintree and Stripe have not only captured attention with major headlines but also massive financial valuations. Interestingly, much of the heavy lifting associated with the success of these organizations was performed by technology providers, software vendors and value added resellers (VARs).
Partnering as an IT solutions provider with the small and medium business client is the sole focus of many integrators and MSPs (managed services providers). Though SMBs have many of the same needs as bigger firms, they are usually less tech savvy, have fewer resources and a less strategic view of their IT. So they are looking to you for three things.
In the ultimate move toward self-leadership in the workplace, Zappos (among others) recently announced they were eliminating managers in an effort to keep things less corporate. In a movement called holacracy, teams are expected to know what needs to get done and do it, focusing on the relationships rather than the individual to meet objectives.
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.
We’ve spent more than 40 years helping lead the electronic payment revolution, and we remain at the industry’s forefront. Providing merchants and partners with seamless, secure solutions and the latest industry intelligence, Moneris helps the businesses we serve unlock new possibilities and take advantage of new avenues for growth.
Worldpay US, a division of The Worldpay Group, provides and develops industry-leading payments processing products and services to ISV/VARs and merchants large and small. Verticals include retail, grocery, petroleum, restaurant, and many others. Innovation and investment allow Worldpay to continue to offer a secure and reliable payments platform.
PowaPOS, a division of Powa Technologies, is the physical retail component of the company’s omni-channel product line. The PowaPOS T25 is the first purpose built, all-in-one hardware platform designed for iOS, Android and Windows tablets. Because we believe in the power of the development community to create rich software applications that meet the needs of the marketplace, the PowaPOS T25 is the first tablet POS to provide universal support for any tablet, any application. Though our single API SDK, developers can integrate the T25’s beautifully and intelligently placed peripherals - full size thermal printer, PowaPOS 2D Scanner, swivel position sensor, and PowaPOS Cash Drawer - as well as EMV and Apple Pay-ready payment devices. All with a single power cord. The PowaPOS T25 is an all-in-one and one-for-all POS platform.
Solarwinds N-able 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.
Today, SATO continues its tradition of designing and manufacturing high-quality industrial printers that deliver reliable performance with each print job.
Clunky cash registers and terminals? That’s a thing of the past with ProcessNow hardware options — state-of-the-art equipment, built to last.
N-central® All-In-One Managed Services Platform
We’ve provided all of the tools and support that MSPs need to efficiently manage customers’ environments and provide fast support without interrupting end users.
The CharTec Academy is a two-day comprehensive MSP training event for CharTec Partners to attend a variety of business enhancement training sessions designed to accelerate the success of their companies.
Fast, reliable and secure payments for your choice of payment processing solution
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