EMV Report From The Trenches: Misinformation, Confusion, And Risk

Last night, I had my first, real-life experience with EMV. If this is representative of what the U.S. transition to EMV will be like, it’s going to be a long, unpleasant process.

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    Who Is (And Who Is Not) Ready For The Transition To EMV

    October 1 marked the shift in liability for fraudulent credit card transactions from issuing banks to the party with the least compliant EMV technology. As of this date, most card-accepting U.S. merchants face liability for fraudulent transactions if they are not EMV-ready.

  • Healthcare CFOs Planning To Outsource RCM, Control Costs In 2016
    Healthcare CFOs Planning To Outsource RCM, Control Costs In 2016

    CFO input drives much of the decision-making process behind the purchasing of your products and services. This infographic from Medical Billing Star breaks down their perspective and concern by the numbers.

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Early 2016 Predictions For Digital Signage

The end of summer is always bittersweet. Back to school time marks the end of vacation weeks, long weekends, barbecues and for most people, the opportunity to wear shorts. Here in Florida where shorts are always appropriate, it means only five more weeks of oppressive heat until we return to climate paradise. Of course, that is in turn balanced by living in a driving hell, as overmedicated snowbirds clog our roadways and change lanes without signaling. On the bright side, those swerving Cadillacs also signal that football season is under way, which makes it time to get the jump on the digital signage prediction cycle.

What You Can Learn Traveling The Unpredictable Road To Business Success

Lief Morin, president of Key Information Systems, participated in The Mongol Rally this summer, and he discovered you can draw a lot of parallels between the adventurous rally and building a business.

The Top 4 Features Of An E-Signature Solution

The goal of moving to a fully digital signing workflow is to increase operational efficiency, while making it easier for people to do business with your company. To help your IT clients achieve maximum benefits in these areas, an electronic signature must to do more than just enable your customers, partners, and employees to electronically sign documents anytime, anywhere, and on any device.

ScanSource’s Constantine Looks At The Impact Of Payments, Customer Experience, Services

An edited transcript of a conversation between Business Solutions president Jim Roddy and Paul Constantine, president of ScanSource POS and Barcode North America.

Internet Of Everything Solution Gives Barilla — And Consumers — Holistic View Of Production Chain

Barilla Group, the makers of Barilla brand pastas and sauces, wanted to provide consumers with the ability to trace the chain of production — from where food for ingredients is grown to the product on the store shelf.

Right-Sized Security Training — The Case For The Learning Burst

Most of us aren’t weekend warriors, logging extensive hours of training for the next marathon.  But, we look forward to walking the dog, biking around the neighborhood, or a round of golf.  And when we worry that we’re not exercising enough, we can reassure ourselves that short bursts of exercise are just as good, perhaps better. Fortunately, studies indicate that short bursts and interval training help people burn fat and increase fitness levels, even in 15-20 minute sessions.

Why Quarterly Reports Are Crucial For The Successful MSP

Many managed services providers (MSPs) have built good practices involving remote monitoring and management services. They install agents on their clients’ systems that generate alerts any time something is amiss, whether it’s a hard drive failure, an Internet service blink, or application performance issue. The remote IT services provider can immediately address issues, often without ever having to visit a client site — sometimes without the customer ever realizing there was an issue. MSPs can also perform maintenance, do updates and install patches, all through the invisible medium of remote management.

The Impact Of Mobile Payments On ISVs And VARs

As we close in on 10 years into the smartphone revolution, the payments landscape for VARs and ISVs is taking yet another path down uncharted waters.

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A VAR & MSP's Guide To Health IT Trends

A VAR & ISV's Guide To EMV + Payment Security

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See how you can expand your business by taking advantage of the rapidly changing healthcare IT industry. Advice concerning EMV and its upcoming liability shift, but also a broader perspective on retail security. Channel leaders discuss trends you can take advantage of to help grow your business.


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    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.

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    For more than 30 years, APG Cash Drawer has been designing and delivering cash drawers with a variety of size, color, interface, and integration options. An APG cash drawer will provide years of smooth, trouble free service with virtually no downtime, no service required, and no headaches. Our cash drawers are so well constructed and so reliable that our customers install them and forget them - even in the most demanding environments.


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