As the benefits of interoperability are becoming clearer, questions around costs and fees of reaching those benefits are being raised. Recent surveys by ORC International and PriceWaterhouseCoopers address this and other issues around the interoperability question.
IRS Opens Comment Period For “Cadillac Tax” On Healthcare Coverage
The IRS has issued Notice 2015-16, in which it announced that it has opened a comment period from employers regarding the scope of regulations it plans to propose regarding the 40 percent excise tax on high-cost group health plans, dubbed the “Cadillac Tax.” The excise tax could have a potentially significant impact on healthcare providers and insurers as well.
The Unknown Future Of The Retail Reseller Channel
Yesterday I participated in a couple hours of planning for our upcoming (May 12-13) Retail IT VAR of the Future event in Las Vegas. Even though the event is just two days away from the office in an easy-to-reach city and economically priced, we recognized early on that we’d have to offer something special to get people to take time away from their businesses and attend. Therefore, when we set out to create this event, we weren’t looking to host another typical show. We set out with uniqueness and greatness in mind. After this latest meeting, I’m reminded of those initial goals and feel confident in what we’ve created for you.
Cash In On Rising Mobile Security Threats
Mobile malware and the BYOD (bring your own device) trend threaten your customers — why and how to help.
An MSP’s BDR Sales Fortitude Saves A CPA Firm From Disaster
Discussing BDR (backup and disaster recovery) may not be easy, but as this MSP’s experience confirms, there’s too much at stake to avoid it.
Forget Tablet POS, ECRs Still Have Their Place
There are still many instances where full-blown POS or the most advanced tablet POS solutions are overkill. Here’s one example.
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.
Time is running out for merchants to adopt EMV (EuroPay MasterCard and Visa) standards. Starting Oct. 1, merchant liability for payment card fraud will increase, unless they can process payments with microchip-based cards. It they don’t have the capability to process payment through the chip, they become responsible for fraudulent transactions involving those cards.
This year’s attendance at EuroCIS broke previous records by attracting nearly 9,000 visitors from more than 60 countries. APG Cash Drawer was among the 318 exhibitors at the show, where we had the opportunity to demo products designed specifically for the European market and promote the Thin-bility concept.
The experience of buying products and services from retail, grocery, or hospitality businesses has changed— both for the customer and certainly for the business. It used to be that the customer followed a predictable path, and other than with mail or phone orders, transactions occurred in store. Businesses were largely in control of the experience with advertising, store layout, product and pricing displays, and a limited selection of merchandise in inventory.
RetailNOW brings together the thousands of people who make point of sale technology products with people that make those products come alive with amazing features and capabilities, along with the people who bring that technology to the marketplace.
Given that it’s the only place where all the parts of the Point of Sale ecosystem come together, RetailNOW’s Show Floor can also be considered the industry’s crucible: a place where partnerships are formed and business grows. With the right mix of what’s happening now, and what’s to come next, show floor visitors in 2015 will surely be able to find the right mix that will get them ready for the future.
Boy, did we earn it this year! There is nothing like record-breaking cold temperatures and snow accumulations to make you really appreciate the more temperate spring weather that is upon us.
I just concluded a matter which may indicate a trend that will change the nature of the industry. Most maintenance, support, processing, and lease agreements contain automatic renewal clauses.
I was asked by one of our peer group members to provide some advice as it related to the hiring and onboarding of a new salesperson. The potential hire did not have an IT industry background. So my advice to him was twofold, focusing around how to get the non-IT person up to speed and how to quickly integrate the new hire into their company.
ConnectWise is the leading business management solution designed exclusively for technology organizations, such as IT solution providers, MSPs, software companies, hardware/software resellers, and System Integrators.
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.
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.
N-able Technologies Inc.
N-able Technologies 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.
CompTIA is the voice of the world's information technology (IT) industry.
AVG Technologies USA, Inc.
AVG is a global security software maker protecting more than 100 million active users in 170 countries from the ever-growing incidence of Web threats, viruses, spam, cyber-scams and hackers on the Internet.
Create your own Help Desk team without the capital investment, infrastructure, and staffing. CharTec Help Desk provides you with American-based support and all the advantages of "live" level 2, friendly front-end technical care specialists skilled and designed to support your users — your way!
Award-winning protection across physical, virtual and cloud environments that will get your business back up and running in 15 minutes or less.
The PowaPOS SDK works seamlessly with your existing smartphone and tablet applications, empowering you to provide merchants with a complete, powerful point-of-sale system.
Dell SonicWALL TZ Series
The Dell ™ SonicWALL ™ TZ Series is the most secure Unified Threat Management (UTM) firewall for small businesses, retail deployments, remote sites, branch offices and distributed enterprises. Unlike consumer-grade products, the TZ Series delivers the most effective anti-malware, intrusion prevention, content/URL filtering and application control capabilities along with the broadest most secure mobile platform support for laptops, smartphones and tablets. It provides full deep packet inspection (DPI) at very high performance levels, eliminating the network bottleneck that other products introduce, and enabling organizations to realize increased productivity gains. The TZ Series is the most secure, sophisticated and widely-deployed security platform on the market today.
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