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2015 may very well go down in history as the “year of disruption” in IT – and consequently in the channel. Everyone is talking about changes that are happening right now (e.g. cloud and mobility) and bigger changes to come.

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    Researchers at Cisco’s Talos Security Intelligence and Research Group have identified a new type of malware that targets payment card information on Point of Sale (POS)systems.

  • Study Finds Big Data Is Changing Traditional Business Boundaries
    Study Finds Big Data Is Changing Traditional Business Boundaries

    Big Data is about business disruption, according to a joint study by CapGemini and EMC. The study Big & Fast Data: The Rise of Insight-Driven Business found 56 percent of enterprises surveyed report they will increase their investments in Big Data over the next three years.

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    While it requires a different mindset for retail VARs who aren’t used to selling annuity services, remote monitoring and management (RMM) is a service that retail customers need.

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The Best Of EMV Q&A: What Will It Be…Chip And…?

The topic of EMV is on the minds of many people in the point of sale industry. This is exemplified in the number of questions that are sent in during the RSPA’s EMV webinar series. Dozens of questions are asked during each session, ranging from inquiries to further explain points made during the slideshow, to more detailed questions about how transactions will occur in a particular retail environment.

RetailNOW®: 2015: A Place For Business FOCUS

If you don’t know it by the time you read this portion of the magazine, let it be stated clearly now: if you’re interested in spending more time working ON your business, and not IN it, then register for RetailNOW 2015 today. Whether you’re a reseller, independent software vendor, independent sales organization, or even a traditional vendor, any business owner or leader can benefit from spending time thinking strategy instead of execution. There’s no better place than RetailNOW 2015 to do that. How can that be said with such confidence?

RSPA President’s Note

This month’s cover highlights “focus.” Most of us recognize the importance of it, yet it can be so challenging: with multiple (and sometimes competing) priorities, shifts in the industry and the various tactical activities that are a part of our day–to–day life. I too sometimes struggle with it, particularly at times like now, when there is so much going on.

CompTIA’s Annual Member Meeting 2015: From The RSPA Perspective

From March 24-26, CompTIA, the IT industry’s leading trade association, held its Annual Member Meeting at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort and Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. For those three days, CompTIA’s membership gathered for two days of collaborative strategic planning and sharing amongst the association’s most engaged members, including the CompTIA Board of Directors, Community Executive Board (CEB), Communities and Councils,” according to the AMM website.

Beyond As A Service

The STS committee regularly profiles a readily deployable solution within connect magazine. This month, committee member, Velda Goodin takes a bit of a different tack on the usual subject matter of these profiles, as she tackles the subject of “beyond as a service.”

The Best Approach To Defend Your SMB Clients Against Malware

If you use a computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone then you are at risk of being infected with malware. Malware comes in many varieties but none of them are beneficial to a company and some, without proper security plans already in place, could force you or your clients out of business. Would your company be able to continue if it lost access to all of your accounting data? If customers learned that the account details or private information regarding them was now in the hands of hackers because of a breach of systems would they understand? Imagine having every file on your computers and servers lost forever.

MSP Primes For Managed Services Growth With RMM And MSP Service Automation Platform

Having already built a successful IT business on Australia’s Gold Coast, Daniel Davis was seeking to continue his work while maintaining a slower pace of life. In 2009, he left the big city behind and founded Darktime Computer Services (DCS) in Chinchilla, a town in Queensland’s relatively remote Western Downs region, which boasts a high concentration of gas, mining and drilling companies, as well as real estate and engineering firms. DCS was established to deliver networking, server and backup solutions to business customers of all sizes.

Use Automation To Address These Common Help Desk Complaints

Whether you are an in-house IT pro or an MSP delivering help-desk services to clients, you invariably experience the same litany of help-desk complaints day in and day out. And with so many similar trouble tickets popping up every day, it simply doesn’t make sense to apply time-consuming manual approaches to resolution to every one of them. Instead, you can add profit to your business and best practices to your help desk with automation.

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A VAR & MSP's Guide To Health IT Trends

A VAR & ISV's Guide To EMV

Business Solutions Executive Insight 2014

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See how you can expand your business by taking advantage of the rapidly changing healthcare IT industry. If you feel like EMV is currently a point of frustration with the distant hope of turning into something lucrative, you’re not alone. Channel leaders discuss trends you can take advantage of to help grow your business.

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    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.

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    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.

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