The Retail IT VAR Of The Future conference, powered by Business Solutions, May 17-18, featured a speaker lineup with 300+ combined years of retail and hospitality IT experience. The event educated VAR, MSP, and ISV executives about mPOS, POS-as-a-Service, Customer Experience, and Payment/Data Security.
Accenture, Aegis, Shinetech Software among leaders for 2016. By Christine Kern, contributing writer
The Ohio Department Of Mental Health And Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) has announced a wide-reaching breach to affected patients. By Megan Williams, contributing writer
I’ve never spoken to a VAR, software developer, or MSP that was totally satisfied with where its business was in terms of revenue or sales
Staying focused on one industry helps this MSP experience year-over-year double-digit growth and develop market expertise.
Today’s complex business environments require advanced backup and disaster recovery (BDR) solutions that enable business continuity and meet industry compliance requirements.
We evaluate eight different endpoint security solutions. Which is best for you and your customers?
Lots of technology business owners hesitate to offer cloud services. Some of them think the cloud will offer less control over their clients’ IT environments, while others worry about the fact they won’t have any servers to support. Do those concerns sound familiar? If so, it’s time to change your thought process by looking at the cloud from a client’s perspective.
Key indicators of a successful service organization haven’t changed much in the last few years, but the tools and strategies service managers use to meet them are changing all the time. When it comes to setting and measuring key performance indicators (KPIs) each year, service managers see better results when they focus on the process of delivering service, rather than the results. For example, rather than measuring profitability or number of service calls per day, analyze the success of the processes involved in delivering service. When the process goals are being met, the desired results will follow.
The mobile consumer presents a tremendous opportunity for restaurant operators. Recent National Restaurant Association (NRA) research found that 43 percent of adults say they’ve used the Internet to place an order for takeout or delivery. Nearly 60 percent of adults have visited a restaurant’s website, and 58 percent have viewed a restaurant’s menu online. Most of that online activity is taking place on smartphones while consumers are on the go and making their mealtime decisions. NRA’s research indicates that 52 percent of U.S. Internet users would likely use a smartphone or tablet for ordering takeout and delivery if possible. That figure climbs to nearly three quarters among the millennial population.
Software developers face many challenges. Staying relevant to customers, finding new ways to deliver value, and remaining competitive takes time and energy. It is no surprise that issues outside of the core features and functions of the software -- such as payment security and EMV — are regarded with such an aversion. Most developers are in business to solve unique needs of a market or business segment; they're not experts in payments. Unfortunately, today the ability to process cards comes at a significant cost and effort.
Modern manufacturing is a sophisticated interplay of processes requiring a complex blend of machines, materials, and other resources. It’s easy for manufacturing operations to get disrupted by a variety of unforeseen influences such as equipment breakdowns, human resource issues, raw material shortages, unplanned demand changes, and a host of other challenges.
Demand for copy paper is expected to drop by nearly a quarter in the next decade, following a 3.3 million ton drop in the last four years. Yet the demand for documentation, particularly in the healthcare, legal, and financial services industries is more prevalent than ever. So there is a growing need for digitization as well as for systematic and efficient filing, storage, and retrieval. By Tim Wacker, technical writer, NBN Communications
It is scary to think some fraud prevention methods still rely on personally identifiable information (PII) as the sole means of combating e-commerce fraud. In a world riddled with data breaches, this form of static identity assessment and authentication is not only antiquated, but will soon be extinct.
If you’re like most employees in the workforce, there are likely people with whom you have trouble working. Although worker traits are as deeply embedded in their personalities as they are capable of causing employee infighting and lowered morale, many disagreements arising in the workplace stem from a far more surmountable issue: the communication barriers imposed by outdated or inefficient technology.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Vantiv Integrated Payments 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.
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.
Webroot delivers intelligent cybersecurity for endpoint, mobile and web to channel partners, consumers, businesses, and enterprises worldwide. Powered by its BrightCloud® collective threat intelligence network, Webroot protects the internet of everything. Our cloud-based threat detection, high performance, lightweight agents, and single, web-based point of control have changed the way businesses think about protecting mobile devices, PCs and servers. Named a ‘Visionary’ in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms, Webroot’s smarter approach to security is why companies including Cisco, F5 Networks, GateProtect, HP, Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks, Proofpoint, RSA and others choose our solutions for advanced threat protection for their security products and services.
Harbortouch is a leading national provider of touch-screen point of sale (POS) systems and payment processing services. As pioneers of the “as a service” model, Harbortouch offers an unprecedented “free” POS program that allows the company’s sales partners to offer a full-featured POS system with no up-front costs.
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.
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.
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