Yesterday kicked off the Fall ONE Ingram Micro conference in Las Vegas. Upon arrival, I had the opportunity to catch up with Ingram’s new DC/POS leader, Jeff Yelton. You might recall a recent interview I had with Yelton where he highlighted a handful of technology areas he thought solutions providers should focus to have success. During this conversation, we didn’t talk technology as we did business acumen.
Manufacturing And Warehousing IT News For VARs — September 22, 2014
In the news, 3D printing, automation are focuses of the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) conference. Also, manufacturing growth is anticipated through 2016, and applying Lean principles can help your clients save time and money. In addition, a webcast on Wednesday will show how digital manufacturing is transforming American industry.
Top Quotes From Archie Manning’s VARTECH Keynote
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.
Business-Grade BDR: What Really Matters?
With so many BDR (backup and disaster recovery) solutions to choose from, it’s important that IT service providers understand the key selection and selling points between business- and consumer-grade options.
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.
Expanding Printer Revenue In Manufacturing
The manufacturing sector is growing, but VARs will need a keen understanding of their clients’ business and a focus on solutions.
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.
For the first 25 years of my career I sold POS systems for someone else, starting with mechanical cash registers, moving through all the evolutions of systems to the sophisticated PC-based systems we now see in most restaurants.
Managed Services continues to be a high growth market with many MSPs rapidly acquiring new customers, managing new devices and building recurring revenue. The reason for this growth is the reliance of SMBs on their IT infrastructure without the IT budgets to justify staffing their own technicians. MSPs are in a perfect position to continue to shift SMBs away from hourly rates and into fully managed services. Moving to a model with consistent monthly fees provides stable IT costs for the customer and predictable recurring revenue for the provider.
How do I empower my team to make decisions on their own, look at the whole picture of the problem, and bring it to resolution?
Many government departments and offices are turning to bar code scanners to replace manual data entry. By utilizing bar code technology, a user can enter data nearly 20 times faster and do so about 20,000 times more accurately. These numbers can be extremely important when it comes to tracking valuable assets that are purchased with grants or assets that have a dollar value that determines that they must be tracked. In most cases, once a grant is provided, the government office or department is tasked with tracking each item purchased by the grant in order to create accurate documentation to stay in compliance. In many cases when an audit turns out to be incorrect, it can result in lost grant opportunities or money owed.
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.
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.
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.
VTech is the world’s largest manufacturer of cordless telephones, and the largest supplier of electronic learning products from infancy to preschool in the US and Western Europe. It also provides highly sought-after contract manufacturing services.
RSPA stands for Retail Solutions Providers Association. We are the only association dedicated to the retail technology industry.
Mercury Payment Systems
Mercury® provides integrated payment processing solutions that help businesses prosper. Known for secure and reliable processing, Mercury’s solutions are built into the POS, helping merchants reduce errors in data entry, manage cash flow, and minimize risk.
Axis is an IT company offering network video solutions for professional installations. The company is the global market leader in network video, driving the ongoing shift from analog to digital video surveillance. Axis products and solutions focus on security surveillance and remote monitoring, and are based on innovative, open technology platforms.
Motorola MC75A Series Enterprise Digital Assistant (EDA)
The turbocharged MC75A enables workers inside the enterprise and out in the field to reach new levels of efficiency. As one of the world's premium EDAs, the Motorola 3.5G MC75A offers more features and functionality in a field proven rugged form factor than any other device in its class.
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ConnectWise - Business Management Platform
Made for companies that sell, service and support technology, ConnectWise is the leading business management platform for technology service providers worldwide. ConnectWise integrates and automates all the critical business functions of a service provider to help you earn greater accountability, operational efficiency, and profitability in your business.
Value Line CP-2140Z
The CP-2140Z 4” thermal transfer printer is ideal for customers who print a lot of labels but don’t have the space or budget for an industrial printer. The CP-2140Z can print up to 4 ips, and the ability to use 300M ribbons means fewer roll changes.
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