How Government Agencies Are Fare When Transitioning To The Cloud
How Government Agencies Are Fare When Transitioning To The Cloud

Report examines preparedness of government agencies moving to the cloud. By Christine Kern, contributing writer

  • Clearing Up Confusion: Where Endpoint Security Meets Efficacy, Performance & Affordability
    Clearing Up Confusion: Where Endpoint Security Meets Efficacy, Performance & Affordability

    Today, there are well over 50 vendors who offer some form of endpoint security. Some of them are old familiar names, like Symantec, McAfee, Sophos, and Trend Micro, while others are “next-gen” up-and-comers, such as Cylance, Sentinel One, Tanium, Bromium, and Carbon Black.

  • Too Many Payment Options Causes Lost Sales
    Too Many Payment Options Causes Lost Sales

    A blog post on the Internet Merchants Association website notes, “I have to ask myself — is there such a thing as too many payment options? When a buyer comes to my site, what are they looking for as far as payment options? Currently I offer Paypal, Google Checkout, and a merchant account. Would I not be shooting myself in the foot by adding another payment option?”

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    How To Conquer The Hospitality Market

    StayNTouch is new on the scene, but its timely blend of mobile and cloud is taking the hospitality PMS (property management system) market by storm.

  • MSP Showcases Total Solution

    Initially passed over due to cost and perceived unneeded services, this MSP ultimately was awarded a services contract when the cheaper option failed to deliver.

  • Place A Spotlight On Security

    Within the past 12 months, we’ve written a fair number of articles on the topic of security. It’s likely that your customers have need of some, or multiple forms of, protection. Whether we’re talking about payment processing security (securing the credit card transactions that happen at your customer’s sites), network security (firewalls, policies, and intrusion detection are just a few), or endpoint security (malware prevention and removal), the fact is that bad guys have never been more cunning or active.

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User frustration with technology is one thing. But aggravations that turn into veritable threats to data security? Those tend to be a touch more serious. And safeguarding all the places sensitive data ends up gets seemingly more complex by the year, thanks to the bevy of laptops, phones, and tablets we employees need to get our work done (whether those are company-issued devices or not). By Cam Roberson, Director of the Reseller Channel, Beachhead Solutions

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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
    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

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    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?

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