In the news this week, a survey concludes mobile payments will increase by 40 percent this year. In addition, the Heartbleed Bug is on everyone’s minds, as experts scramble to determine the extent of its impact. Also in the news, a Texas liquor store reported a security breach and beacon technology is allowing retailers to monitor customer in-store behavior and link it to their mobile technology.
Restaurant And Hospitality IT News for VARs — April 16, 2014
In Hospitality News this week, Google Wallet payments can only be made on a device that supports HCE. Also, both full-service and quick-service restaurants can benefit from smartphone technology, and quick-service spending increased in March. Also, a recent survey showed that free Wi-Fi is the top demand for travelers, and European hotels are responding to that need.
Field Service IT News – April 15, 2014
In the news, Zebra Technologies will acquire Motorola Solutions' Enterprise business. Also, articles share insights into benefits of cloud solutions, BYOD security, overlooked benefits of management tracking solutions, and how work-order systems not only improve response times, but also provide data about costs and equipment use.
Win More Healthcare Business With Thermal Wristband Printers
This AIDC VAR won a 1,000 thermal-based wristband printer install with a healthcare organization after demonstrating its solution’s superior quality and lower total cost of ownership (TCO).
A “No BS” Approach To Growing Recurring Revenue Sales
This MSP’s 4-step business strategy, which is based on KPIs (key performance indicators) and years of hard-learned lessons, is resulting in 55%-plus service-based profit margins.
IP Video And Access Surveillance Control: A Profitable Combination
This systems integrator’s expertise selling video surveillance and access control solutions to education and other leading verticals is leading to a projected $8 million in growth this year.
Universities and colleges are besieged by a growing number of wireless devices and increased demands on the capacity of the network. Resellers need to serve as partners as these universities struggle to find the right balance for providing service and containing costs.
Often companies want to purchase the latest and greatest automation tool because of industry buzz without fully determining if it is the best possible long term solution for their businesses. Whether your client is choosing a new ERP, CRM, or enterprise content management system, enterprise level technology buying decisions are crucial to their business. Helping your clients make the right technology purchase can make or break that company’s success and your status as a trusted advisor.
Managed services providers (MSPs) face an array of complex questions as they decide whether to migrate workloads to and between clouds.
This Infographic from NEC addresses shoppers buying behaviors in five key areas retailers are facing today.
When Numa Networks launched in 2009 as a pure-play MSP, they moved from a traditional break-fix IT services model to a proactive approach that addresses on-going customer needs to build their business. Key to their success has been the integration of N-able’s remote monitoring and management (RMM) technology.
We all know it’s true: A lot of channel programs are still being managed with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. It’s far more common than you’d expect, even in some of the larger companies. And, honestly, there’s nothing wrong with using spreadsheets if you want to manage a very small program, incentive, or campaign — or even analyze a set of data. But ask for anything complex, and your spreadsheet is probably creating more work than it’s doing. Here are five signs you need an incentive platform, not a spreadsheet.
Lots of changes with the Level Platforms product in 2014. The biggest is probably that the product was rebranded AVG Managed Workplace® following acquisition of the business of Level Platforms by AVG in June 2013. In Q4 2013, AVG updated RMM pricing to a straight forward ‘per device’ & ‘per server model’. That is to say the MSP only pays for the number of servers and devices they manage regardless of their locations and customer spread. This is intended to simplify billing and provide clarity for the MSP both in terms of expenditure & revenues.
Since our original review, LabTech has added features and functionality such as next generation integrations with ConnectWise and Autotask PSAs. a LabTech Ignite Plugin (pre-configured out-of-box experience that saves MSPs countless hours of configuration), fully integrated and supported industry-leading TeamViewer integration, and script engine enhancements.
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.
ConnectWise is the leading business management solution designed exclusively for technology organizations, such as IT solution providers, MSPs, software companies, hardware/software resellers, and System Integrators.
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.
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.
Established in 1972, Honeywell Scanning and Mobility is a leading manufacturer of data collection and communication products designed specifically for mobile, on-site, and transaction processing applications.
SATO America, Inc.
Today, SATO continues its tradition of designing and manufacturing high-quality industrial printers that deliver reliable performance with each print job.
AVG Premium Security Everything AVG Internet Security has to offer, plus actively seeks out identity theft and optimises PC performance.
Honeywell Dolphin 99EX Purpose built for transportation and logistics applications, Honeywell's Dolphin® 99EX mobile computer provides user-friendly ergonomics, cutting-edge wireless technology, multi-functional data capture and extreme durability for front-line workers operating in a variety of locations ranging from loading docks to residential doorsteps.
Datalogic Scanning Gryphon™ I GBT4400 2D With rich feature sets, the Gryphon™ product series from Datalogic Scanning represents the premium level of data collection equipment for general purpose applications.
Captuvo Series Of Enterprise Sleds For Apple® Devices
Honeywell’s Captuvo series positions discerning enterprises to improve their customers’ overall experience, empower their employees and elevate their brand. Users can capitalize on the mainstream popularity of Apple devices with these unique engagement tools.
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