Forrester MSSP Report Finds Alert Logic, SecureWorks, And IBM Lead The Pack
Forrester MSSP Report Finds Alert Logic, SecureWorks, And IBM Lead The Pack

Security pros are looking to augment skills, reduce complexity, and improve quality of protection. By Christine Kern, contributing writer

  • Selling MACRA Technology To Smaller Practices
    Selling MACRA Technology To Smaller Practices

    Smaller practices might not be quite ready to take on the challenges of MACRA, but it’s never too early for MSPs to start talking tech solutions with them. Small practices in particular are going to find themselves facing an incredibly complex reimbursement environment and, according to Diagnostic Imaging, tech won’t be an option in keeping up. By Megan Williams, contributing writer

  • How Government Agencies Are Fare When Transitioning To The Cloud
    How Government Agencies Are Fare When Transitioning To The Cloud

    Report examines preparedness of government agencies moving to the cloud. By Christine Kern, contributing writer

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CURRENT ISSUE

  • Place A Spotlight On Security

    Within the past 12 months, we’ve written a fair number of articles on the topic of security. It’s likely that your customers have need of some, or multiple forms of, protection. Whether we’re talking about payment processing security (securing the credit card transactions that happen at your customer’s sites), network security (firewalls, policies, and intrusion detection are just a few), or endpoint security (malware prevention and removal), the fact is that bad guys have never been more cunning or active.

  • 4 Managed Services Business Changes You Should Make Right Away

    This MSP made four decisive changes to its business, resulting in 10 percent recurring revenue growth last year and up to 20 percent projected growth this year.

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PREMIUM CONTENT

The New Reality Of Prospecting

During the course of my sales and sales coaching careers, I've seen traditional prospecting strategies — canvassing, networking, cold-calling, et cetera — become increasingly less effective. As a matter of fact, most salespeople do their best to avoid prospecting because they know, based on their experience, it does not produce the desired effect: more first meetings. By Gil Cargill, Sales Acceleration Coach

How To Use Ransomware To Drive BDR Sales

The concept of ransomware is not new — it has been a part of the cyber threat landscape for more than 20 years. But, what makes it important to today’s cyber-security conversation is the emergence of “crypto” ransomware, i.e. CryptoLocker, CryptoWall, Locky, TeslaCrypt, and more recently Cerber. By Neal Bradbury, Senior Director of Business Development, Intronis MSP Solutions by Barracuda

6 Ways To Drive Greater Return On Your Process Improvement Investment

Improving processes isn’t just about creating new flowcharts and Word documents; it’s about improving the consistency and quality of execution, increasing efficiency, and facilitating innovation within your organization. These are the guidelines and workflows that, when managed effectively, can define and improve how your company operates from the C-Suite to the server room.

Drive Sales With Third-Party Online Ordering For Restaurants

Online ordering for restaurants is a trend that can’t be ignored. It’s growing faster than dine-in purchases, and it’s popular with the large millennial demographic. This makes working with third-party online ordering and restaurant aggregator sites a viable option.

Kitchen Display System: A Necessary Ingredient For Restaurant Success

Successful restaurant operators look for the best ingredients so they can serve great menu items. A restaurants’ potential for success, however, also depends on the right technology “ingredients” that make operations efficient and contribute to a healthy bottom line. A kitchen display system falls into that category because of the benefits it provides.

The Importance Of POS-Agnostic, Data-Driven Decisions

It’s no secret that consumers are becoming increasingly selective, gravitating more than ever toward stores and restaurants where they have the best customer experiences. Coupled with increasingly demanding customers is growing competition, creating an environment that compels merchants to exercise greater care when formulating business strategies.

Partner Onboarding: How To Set The Stage For A Successful Rapport

To a vendor, this question is the bread and butter to a productive and healthy channel network; an indirect sales funnel that is tried and tested to produce results, infiltrate diverse marketplaces and contribute to long-term b2b partnerships. But long before the program is designed and incentives are offered, vendors need to recruit companies with the competence, determination, and resources to earn your reward.

How To Hire Your First Sales Rep … Profitably!

At some point in the growth of all MSPs, IT consultants, VARs, and/or software salesforces, the need to hire the first salesperson becomes apparent. Typically, this is stimulated by one of several factors. By Gil Cargill, Sales Acceleration Coach

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SPECIAL REPORTS

  • The Annual Guide To POS & Payment Processing Trends
    The Annual Guide To POS & Payment Processing 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.

  • 2016 VAR & ISV's Guide To EMV & Payment Security
    2016 VAR & ISV's Guide To EMV & Payment Security

    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.

  • Partner Program Insider 2016
    Partner Program Insider 2016

    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.

  • Best Channel Vendors 2016
    Best Channel Vendors 2016

    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.

  • Business Solutions Executive Insight 2015
    Business Solutions Executive Insight 2015

    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?

  • Business Solutions’ Guide To Health IT Trends For VARs & MSPs
    Business Solutions’ Guide To Health IT Trends For VARs & MSPs

    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.

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    We’ve spent more than 40 years helping lead the electronic payment revolution, and we remain at the industry’s forefront. Providing merchants and partners with seamless, secure solutions and the latest industry intelligence, Moneris helps the businesses we serve unlock new possibilities and take advantage of new avenues for growth.

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