Archie Manning is best known for his football prowess and the success of his NFL quarterback sons Peyton and Eli. But he proved today during his keynote speech at VARTECH 2014, the annual conference hosted by value-added distributor BlueStar, he knows something about teamwork and leading an organization. Manning spoke to an estimated crowd of more than 1,000 channel executives Friday morning at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans.
How a PSA Commitment Led to 150% Revenue Growth
In a recent blog, I talked about some of the common pitfalls VARs and MSPs run into with PSA (professional service automation) tools. One of the biggest pitfalls identified was “Using 10% of the application.” I recently spoke with Kory Lindersmith and Lonnie Ladwig, cofounders of Dakota Retail Technologies, two guys who can closely identify with this pitfall.
VARTECH: Live Polls Offer Insight On Biggest Reseller Challenges, Shrinking Margins
Solutions providers attending VARTECH 2014, the annual conference hosted by value-added distributor BlueStar, participated in two interesting live polls during a partner meeting Thursday afternoon at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans. Resellers used their smartphones to submit their responses via text, Twitter, or a web page, and the results were posted on a giant screen as they were received.
Why Agility Equates To Longevity In Managed Services
Earlier this month I attended the GFI MAX Customer Conference in Orlando. I continue to be amazed at the great nonpromotional educational content that’s shared at MSP events in general. This event was no exception. Indeed, during the keynote on day one, Dave Sobel, director of partner community for GFI, took the stage to talk about the value of MSPs and how they can be successful long term through stability and agility.
Automation Helps MSP Manage Client Services
A professional services automation (PSA) tool has helped this MSP improve visibility into client services and assets.
Saved By Managed Services
At its lowest point, this VAR invested in managed services technologies and business process automation and now enjoys year-over-year double-digit growth with monthly recurring revenue.
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.
In a recent article by the Huffington Post, researcher and writer Stowe Boyd referenced the work of two Oxford researchers, Carl Benedict Frey and Michael A. Osborne. Frey and Osborne found that 47 percent of routine jobs are at risk of being automated, with humans being displaced from these jobs and the demand shifting to more non-routine, creative work — a phenomenon, cited in a report by Liberty Street Economics, called job polarization.
How do I empower my team to make decisions on their own, to look at the whole picture of the problem, and bring it to resolution?
Retailers are convinced of mobility’s benefits and are looking for the right solutions.
In addition to being a fairly unique company, Easy Office Phone, a provider of cloud-based business phone services for Canada and the United States founded in 2005, also has a terrific corporate culture, good camaraderie, and a general sense of fun — but we’re not for everyone, and working here calls for some specific traits.
Do you need to build a successful cloud channel partnership? Do you need to sell to mid- to large-size enterprise customers? Worry not — there are a few strategies that can help growing organizations succeed while building a successful channel partner program in the process. Implemented correctly, channel partnerships can offer a vertical focus, local contacts, and ultimately the business know-how that can take vendors years to acquire. Done right, a vendor can bring maximum return for both sales and financial success to the organization.
It’s no surprise the “View From The Top: Leadership Panel” at this year’s Retail Solutions Providers Association’s RetailNOW included a discussion of EMV.
The first half of 2014 marked a rise in springtime credit spending and interesting advancements in global mobile wallet and payment technologies. In the U.S., what will this increased e-commerce activity and the upcoming back-to-school and winter shopping seasons hold for the rest of year?
Now that the second half of 2014 is upon us, a number of retail trends have been established. Are you familiar with any of them? Whether your business is primarily conducted in your brick-and-mortar store or through an e-commerce site - or both, it's always important as an owner or manager to keep abreast of the most pressing trends. Some will merely be flashes in the pan, of course, but several are already exhibiting major staying power. While you don't necessarily need to jump on the bandwagon of each one, chances are that virtually all of them will provide significant benefits for your company.
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.
Accu-Time Systems, Inc.
Founded in 1991, Accu-Time Systems (ATS) has been a trusted global leader in workforce management, offering state-of-the-art solutions for time and attendance, payroll, and security access. For more than 20 years, Accu-Time Systems has been a global supplier for workforce productivity, planning, human resource data collection, and labor management.
SATO America, Inc.
Today, SATO continues its tradition of designing and manufacturing high-quality industrial printers that deliver reliable performance with each print job.
We at BlueStar, along with our mobility vendors and ISV partners, believe that offering the right tools, solutions, and education we can build a strong foundation for our partners selling and implementing mobility solutions.
Dell Software Inc.
Dell provides end-to-end solutions leveraging our combined breadth and depth of software and system competencies. We enable partners to differentiate their offerings and drive recurring revenue generating IT as a Service (ITaaS). These offerings will accelerate customer onboarding, ensure cost-effective scalability and heterogeneous manageability across a broad range of ITaaS workloads for Enterprise and SMB customers.
Merchant Warehouse is an industry leader in developing and delivering award-winning and innovative payment processing solutions and merchant account services to developers, ISVs, VARs and merchants nationwide.
CloudRunner And Essential IT-as-a-Service Solutions For SMBs
Become a one-stop shop for all your customers’ IT-as-a-service needs.
Motorola RFS7000 Wireless LAN Switch/Controller
The RFS7000 delivers unmatched performance, security, resiliency, scalability and manageability for the large wireless enterprise/campus/warehouse, providing a single platform capable of delivering carrier-grade wireless voice and data for 8,000-96,000 users.
HP Slate 8 Pro Business Tablet
The sleek and powerful HP Slate 8 Pro represents the evolution of the professional grade business tablet. With access to the latest productivity apps from Google Play running on Android™ 4.4, propel office capabilities to next level.
On Demand Migration For Email
Fast, reliable Office 365 and Exchange migration with zero footprint.
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