This is the second of three Business Solutions articles sharing observations from a Chip Heath business book. Heath will be the featured speaker for the RSPA (Retail Solutions Providers Association) INSPIRE 2015 conference January 25-28 at the Grand Wailea Resort in Maui, and I think studying his writing is a great way to prepare for the event.
Creditcall CTO: Migrate Systems To EMV Now
Jeremy Gumbley, CTO of Creditcall, tells how the U.S. compares to other countries’ progress in their EMV migration at a year before the deadline, as well as what IT solutions providers should be doing for their customers now.
Mobile Apps Expected To Impact Holiday Sales
Mobile marketing company Artisan Mobile has released the results of a September 2014 research campaign revealing that mobile apps will drive a bigger part of holiday sales this year.
Are You The Retail IT VAR Of The Future?
In 2014, we dedicated a lot of editorial to the changing landscape of retail IT and how solutions providers in this market are well-positioned to grow if they are willing to make some adjustments.
Serving Up Hospitality POS At The Grand Canyon
An ISV’s customized mobile POS solution helps it land a project at a famous tourist attraction.
Say “No!” To Unprofitable Customers
This $7 million MSP walked away from 90% of its prospects while still growing revenue 9%.
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.
With the release of SQL Server 2012, Microsoft transitioned from a per-processor to a pre-core licensing model. One might suppose, that with the advent of ever-larger core-count processors, Microsoft saw an opportunity and took action. While this change may not have hit your clients’ radar screen yet, it will in a few months, and when it hits — it will hurt.
To all MSPs out there that are accustomed to managing on-premise security solutions, it’s time to take note — your business is moving to the cloud, whether you like it or not. According to a Gartner report released last year, by 2016 the use of cloud computing will increase to become the bulk of new IT spend. In fact, Gartner refers to 2016 as a “defining year for the cloud.” Infonetics Research backs that claim, stating cloud-based security service revenue will expand at a 10.8 percent compound annual growth rate through 2017, and projects the market to reach $9.2 billion. With this rapid cloud adoption comes the need for cloud security functions. Gartner states that the top three cloud services moving forward will be email security, Web security, and identity and access management (IAM).
Today, we characterize 29 percent of the global workforce as anytime, anywhere information workers — those who use three or more devices, work from multiple locations, and use many apps. BYOD in the office is becoming inevitable and employees can easily forget that using their personal devices at work creates a greater potential threat surface for hackers to exploit.
Big Data is changing the business equation. Businesses are starting to realize data is a gold mine of valuable information, and, if understood, it could be used to detect patterns in behavior and predict future outcomes.
System solutions for retailers keeping pace with industry’s rapid evolution.
These days there’s a lot of pressure to get your price points perfect. Ask too much, and you’ll limit your customer base. Ask too little, and you’ll hurt your profitability or client perception. Learn the factors that really matter when developing your prices.
Real-time information requires reliable wireless connectivity. Period. Today, enterprises can’t operate without either. Yet for some — seaports, rail yards, airports, and outdoor manufacturing yards — achieving both remains a challenging proposition. In addition to the vast areas that require coverage, these environments also contain materials — such as metal containers, heavy equipment, liquids, and other 2.4 GHz networks — that wreak havoc on Wi-Fi signals.
When it comes to payment data security, what you don’t know certainly can hurt you. And when you operate several retail stores—each with multiple payment and other network-attached devices—there’s plenty you don’t know at any given point.
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.
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.
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.
SATO America, Inc.
Today, SATO continues its tradition of designing and manufacturing high-quality industrial printers that deliver reliable performance with each print job.
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.
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.
Tecton CS Mobile Computer
A shift in a cold environment is demanding – make it more productive with a hand-held purpose-built to get more done in the cold.
Datto SIRIS 2
Datto SIRIS 2 delivers the most aggressive Recovery Time Objective (RTO) of any backup, disaster recovery (BDR) and business continuity solution available today. It is the ideal solution for businesses for whom downtime is not an option. SIRIS 2 offers the best protection for a business’s mission-critical applications, delivered via the most robust and flexible technology on the market today.
CharTec's Hardware as a Service BDR is the ultimate solution for data backup and network recovery in the face of catastrophe!
Marathon Field Computer
For mobile workers, the successful execution of every step in that day’s shift is critical. Every completed service call, every first response, every product shipped, every single decision made in the field can either bring you closer to your destination or cause a setback for both mobile worker and customer.
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