Earn Your “Roadside MBA” Now, Then Meet The Authors At RSPA INSPIRE
Earn Your “Roadside MBA” Now, Then Meet The Authors At RSPA INSPIRE

I was so excited when I heard the authors of Roadside MBA were presenting at the RSPA (Retail Solutions Providers Association) INSPIRE Conference, I immediately bought and read their book. Then when I saw registration opened for INSPIRE this week, I got so fired up I transcribed my notes from the book.

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    Managed Services And Networking News

    Panasonic System Communications Company of North America recently announced the release of UC Pro, a collaboration application allowing users to connect to anyone, anywhere, across a multitude of devices. The new software is designed to integrate with the Panasonic KX-NS series of IP-based unified communications (UC) platforms including the KX-NS700, KX-NS700G, and KX-NS1000.

  • Selling MACRA Technology To Smaller Practices
    Selling MACRA Technology To Smaller Practices

    Smaller practices might not be quite ready to take on the challenges of MACRA, but it’s never too early for MSPs to start talking tech solutions with them. Small practices in particular are going to find themselves facing an incredibly complex reimbursement environment and, according to Diagnostic Imaging, tech won’t be an option in keeping up. By Megan Williams, contributing writer

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8 Questions To Ask Before Choosing A Terminal

New merchants looking to get set up with credit card processing tend to find the experience overwhelming. Aside from the toll of starting a new business, they now have to choose their processor and equipment. Specifically, when it comes to credit card terminals there are hundreds of options.  Merchants require guidance from their VARs and ISVs on which terminal is best suited to their business.

The New Reality Of Prospecting

During the course of my sales and sales coaching careers, I've seen traditional prospecting strategies — canvassing, networking, cold-calling, et cetera — become increasingly less effective. As a matter of fact, most salespeople do their best to avoid prospecting because they know, based on their experience, it does not produce the desired effect: more first meetings. By Gil Cargill, Sales Acceleration Coach

How To Use Ransomware To Drive BDR Sales

The concept of ransomware is not new — it has been a part of the cyber threat landscape for more than 20 years. But, what makes it important to today’s cyber-security conversation is the emergence of “crypto” ransomware, i.e. CryptoLocker, CryptoWall, Locky, TeslaCrypt, and more recently Cerber. By Neal Bradbury, Senior Director of Business Development, Intronis MSP Solutions by Barracuda

6 Ways To Drive Greater Return On Your Process Improvement Investment

Improving processes isn’t just about creating new flowcharts and Word documents; it’s about improving the consistency and quality of execution, increasing efficiency, and facilitating innovation within your organization. These are the guidelines and workflows that, when managed effectively, can define and improve how your company operates from the C-Suite to the server room.

Drive Sales With Third-Party Online Ordering For Restaurants

Online ordering for restaurants is a trend that can’t be ignored. It’s growing faster than dine-in purchases, and it’s popular with the large millennial demographic. This makes working with third-party online ordering and restaurant aggregator sites a viable option.

Kitchen Display System: A Necessary Ingredient For Restaurant Success

Successful restaurant operators look for the best ingredients so they can serve great menu items. A restaurants’ potential for success, however, also depends on the right technology “ingredients” that make operations efficient and contribute to a healthy bottom line. A kitchen display system falls into that category because of the benefits it provides.

The Importance Of POS-Agnostic, Data-Driven Decisions

It’s no secret that consumers are becoming increasingly selective, gravitating more than ever toward stores and restaurants where they have the best customer experiences. Coupled with increasingly demanding customers is growing competition, creating an environment that compels merchants to exercise greater care when formulating business strategies.

Partner Onboarding: How To Set The Stage For A Successful Rapport

To a vendor, this question is the bread and butter to a productive and healthy channel network; an indirect sales funnel that is tried and tested to produce results, infiltrate diverse marketplaces and contribute to long-term b2b partnerships. But long before the program is designed and incentives are offered, vendors need to recruit companies with the competence, determination, and resources to earn your reward.

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SPECIAL REPORTS

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    The Annual Guide To POS & Payment Processing Trends

    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.

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    Best Channel Vendors 2016

    Here are 2016's Best Channel Vendors, listed first by technology category (Business Continuity through VoIP) and then by technology subcategory. One of the main purposes of this special report is to give our resellers a guide to who their peers think are Best Channel Vendors.

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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?

  • Business Solutions’ Guide To Health IT Trends For VARs & MSPs
    Business Solutions’ Guide To Health IT Trends For VARs & MSPs

    Healthcare IT continues to evolve and change, and IT solutions providers in this vertical need to address the challenges their clients face as they try to keep up with standards, regulations, and trends.

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    APG Cash Drawer, LLC

    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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    Bematech has over three decades of expertise in the United States with a wide distribution network that covers over 500,000 points of sale in 37 countries. The company operates four R&D excellence centers, with over 1,200 professionals in Brazil, China, Taiwan, United States, and Argentina. Comprehensive customer service and technical support based in the United States. Bematech prides itself on being a knowledge based leader in the industry offering complete and customizable POS bundles including All-in-Ones, kitchen display systems, cash drawers, scanners, printers, touch monitors, customer displays and more.

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    StorageCraft Technology Corporation

    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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    CompTIA is the voice of the world's information technology (IT) industry.

  • WorldPay
    WorldPay

    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.

  • Datto Inc.
    Datto Inc.

    Datto Inc. is an award-winning vendor of backup, disaster recovery (BDR) and intelligent business continuity solutions, providing best-in-class technology and support to its 5,000+ channel Partners throughout North America and Europe.  Datto is the only hybrid-cloud BDR vendor that provides instant on- and off-site virtualization of servers and workstations, achieved through its Inverse Chain Technology.

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    UTC-510 features an all-in-one computing system equipped with wide format, touch based LCD panel. It is easy to integrate key peripherals and display systems for diversified self-service and interactive signage deploy in different application areas. The systems deliver updated information with well-designed interactive interfaces, fully ensure relevant content and targeted promotions are delivered. UTC series touch panel computers are the best investments to enhance user satisfaction, further brand equity, and maximize business profits.

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    55" Full HD Narrow-Bezel Video Wall Signage Display

    The Advantech C-DSD7055N50FH-01ultra-narrow bezel display create the most stunning video walls and full HD image quality. Impress your audience with the most impactful video wall.

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    15.6" Intel Celeron J1900 Based Fanless All-In-One POS System (Widescreen)

    UTC-315P is the beautifully designed multi-purpose all-in-one Point-of-Sales system that makes it easy to get paid quickly, manage product inventory, build customer database, and repeat business with loyalty. Equipped with 16:9 wide screen format, touch base LCD panel, UTC-315P integrates add-on key peripherals, such as Camera, RFID, Smart Card Reader, MSR, Barcode Scanner, and display systems for diversified applications.

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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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