When Will Your IT Customers Use The IoT?

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There are about three months until the liability for fraudulent payment card transactions will shift from issuing banks to the party with technology least compliant with EMV. As an IT solutions provider working with merchants, you are probably helping your clients transition to the new technology or maybe, still, even just explaining what it is. EMV payment technology uses chip cards that create a unique transaction code, hindering criminals from duplicating payment cards from stolen data. You are probably aware there is a lot of misinformation circulating that could be contributing to some confusion regarding EMV.

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It’s far from a novel statement to say that mobile technology is changing the way consumers and businesses operate. Customers now have the ability to make payments from nearly any location, while merchants can charge buyers in line or at a fixed point of sale (POS) in the store. Mobile technology in the form of POS systems is growing rapidly in the small-business landscape and is changing the way companies operate — for the better.

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The following observations are based on fixed point of sale (POS) terminals, or cash registers. They do not include payment terminals or other devices that may be grouped under the POS umbrella. 

7 Steps To A Seamless Email Marketing Campaign

Email marketing campaigns can be extremely effective, and are a relatively inexpensive marketing tactic. Assuming you’ve built up your prospect database, an email marketing campaign ensures you’ll reach a large audience with your message — whether you’re sharing educational “thought leadership” content, unveiling a new product offering, or following up after an event.

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The term disaster recovery conjures images of widespread flooding or a fire destroying data centers or rendering workplaces unrecognizable. Natural disasters and accidents are concerns, but the reality is disasters in enterprise IT are more frequently caused by mistakes or accidents unrelated to the weather or any other kind of large-scale accident.

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