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How Trump’s Presidency Will Affect Cybersecurity

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  • A Connected Future: What It Will Look Like And Why You Should Care
    A Connected Future: What It Will Look Like And Why You Should Care

    Any talk of what the future holds needs to include a look at a fully-connected world. In all honesty, it’s not hard to imagine this particular scenario as we’ve already experienced the beginning of it.

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    POS And AIDC News

    The trend of payment company consolidation continues. Vantiv recently announced its agreement to acquire Moneris Solutions (Moneris USA) from Moneris Solutions Corporation (Moneris) for $425 million US, subject to certain adjustments. Upon closing the transaction, Vantiv will begin servicing Moneris USA’s merchants and other business relationships, including its relationship with BMO Harris Bank, which operates approximately 600 branches in the United States. Moneris USA processed approximately $12 billion in U.S. transaction volume in 2015.

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    Four experts weigh in on the most significant security trends anticipated for next year and share advice on how IT solutions providers can best protect their customers.

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Is This The Year You Master Process Management?

2016 may best be remembered as a year of unparalleled upheaval. From the Brexit vote and election of Donald Trump to sharp rises (and even sharper falls) in stocks and commodities, volatility ruled the day. By Ivan Seselj, CEO, Promapp Solutions

Money Is Not The Root Of All Evil

Money is not the root of all evil — at least when it comes to sales. No, the root of all evil in the sales world is the lack of consistent, proactive, predictable prospecting. When prospecting is done intermittently without proactive initiatives, the evils of sales can arise. By Gil Cargill, Sales Acceleration Coach

Surgical Services Firm Speeds Search And Retrieval Of Vital Documents With KnowledgeLake

AMSURG has a large presence nationwide. It has more than 250 ASCs in 34 states and provides physician services in 24 states, employing more than 2,800 physicians and other healthcare professionals. This vast network of healthcare facilities and practitioners generates an immense amount of financial documentation, particularly at the end of each month. The methods that the company used in the past for backing up its accounting documents were outdated and inefficient.

My Tried And True Method Of Selling Clients On EMV

The EMV liability shift happened October 2015, yet 63 percent of merchants are still not EMV ready. The cause for much of this may be the perception of added expense or misconceptions about the ramifications. However, card present merchants that are not utilizing chip readers are losing out in a significant way.

2017 Outlook: Eight POS Trends To Watch

Each new year brings changes, reaffirmation of trends and patterns, and new developments. In the retail and hospitality space, expect to see in 2017 a continuation of the trend toward mobility, cloud-based solutions and the emergence of Unified Commerce strategies. Some belt-tightening is also likely as these industries wade through economic and political uncertainties, particularly in Europe.

MSP Helion Automotive Technologies Delivers Best-Of-Breed Protection

Founded in 1997 by Erik Nachbahr in his Baltimore basement, Helion Automotive Technologies has quickly grown to be America’s largest outsourced technology provider for auto dealerships. Helion brings considerable brainpower and experience to bear on all things relating to automotive technology. With over 650 dealerships and body shops under management, Helion’s staff is keenly in tune with the unique challenges faced by auto dealers, both technical and operational.

Making The Switch To Webroot: Lighter Weight, Better Protection, Increased Profits

Two years ago, SWAT Systems had had enough of its antivirus software. At the time, the Seattle-based MSP had tried a succession of antivirus products, and not one of them had worked as well as they needed. “The products were not a good fit for us,” recalls David Blake, Chief Technology Officer at SWAT. “Clients’ machines were still getting infected and the products were too resource intensive.”

The Next-Generation Partner For MSPs

When selecting an endpoint security partner to augment your product portfolio, it’s important to choose one who understands unique MSP challenges, addresses key pain points, and provides a quality product that reduces costs. At Webroot, we believe next-generation endpoint protection isn’t just about providing superior security against modern malware.

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    Best Channel Vendors 2017

    Our Best Channel Vendors survey, conducted with statisticians from Penn State, takes a look at the best vendors in Business Continuity/BDR, Data Collection/Mobility, Labeling, ECM Hardware & Software, General Computing, Networking & Security, POS Hardware & Software, Payment Processing, Managed Services, Video Surveillance/Access Control, and VoIP as voted by your peers.

  • 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?

FEATURED SUPPLIERS

  • Moneris Solutions
    Moneris Solutions

    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.

  • APG Cash Drawer, LLC
    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.

  • RSPA
    RSPA
    RSPA stands for Retail Solutions Providers Association. We are the only association dedicated to the retail technology industry.  

     

  • Vantiv Integrated Payments
    Vantiv Integrated Payments

    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.

  • Bematech
    Bematech

    Bematech has over three decades of expertise in the United States with a wide distribution network that covers over 500,000 points of sale in 37 countries. The company operates four R&D excellence centers, with over 1,200 professionals in Brazil, China, Taiwan, United States, and Argentina. Comprehensive customer service and technical support based in the United States. Bematech prides itself on being a knowledge based leader in the industry offering complete and customizable POS bundles including All-in-Ones, kitchen display systems, cash drawers, scanners, printers, touch monitors, customer displays and more.

  • StorageCraft Technology Corporation
    StorageCraft Technology Corporation

    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.

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BEST CHANNEL VENDORS 2017

  • Best Channel Vendors 2017
    Best Channel Vendors 2017

    Our Best Channel Vendors survey, conducted with statisticians from Penn State, takes a look at the best vendors in Business Continuity/BDR, Data Collection/Mobility, Labeling, ECM Hardware & Software, General Computing, Networking & Security, POS Hardware & Software, Payment Processing, Managed Services, Video Surveillance/Access Control, and VoIP as voted by your peers.

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

The Business Solutions team considers the channel more than just “a market” or “an industry.” It’s our community, and we want everyone in our community to thrive with greater profits, predictable revenue, and a sustainable business model.

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  • Stratis™ Tablet Holder For Cash Drawer Integration
    Stratis™ Tablet Holder For Cash Drawer Integration

    APG’s Stratis™ tablet holder is designed for retailers who are installing mobile and/or Thin (Thinbility) iPad ® based point of sale applications. POS software is moving to tablets and to the cloud for easy accessibility and instant reporting. Designed to allow the retailer to take advantage of the small foot print tablet, the Stratis™ tablet holder adds an elegant look to your POS environment.

  • BluePRO™ Bluetooth Device
    BluePRO™ Bluetooth Device

    Model 510 Bluetooth Device for a Low-Cost Printer Kick Cash Drawer.

    APG Cash Drawer introduces the BluePRO™ device — the 1st ever Bluetooth enabled cash drawer. BluePRO™ connects a low-cost, printer-kick cash drawer and pairs it with a mobile device. By creating a one-to-one relationship, retailers can now wirelessly synchronize and transfer data between a mobile device and the cash drawer. The BluePRO™ device achieves proximity when the mobile device comes within limited range of the drawer.

     

  • APG Vasario 1313 Cash Drawer
    APG Vasario 1313 Cash Drawer

    Vasario Standard Duty

    The Vasario series is the cost effective choice that doesn’t sacrifice quality or dependability.

  • APG Series 3500 Cash Drawer
    APG Series 3500 Cash Drawer

    The Series 3500 high capacity narrow footprint cash drawer is built to last in tough retail environments and provides ergonomic and productive cash management support.

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Technologies and topics typically covered include data collection/supply chain, point of sale (POS), payment processing, video surveillance and access control, voice over IP (VoIP), networking, storage, managed services, network security, the cloud, mobile computing, and enterprise content management (ECM). From a market perspective, our articles focus on government, retail, hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation and logistics, education, legal, banking, and anywhere else solutions providers can find new revenue streams.

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