A survey reveals MOM solutions can help manufacturers overcome common hurdles to organization agility. In other news, manufacturing technology orders were down in February, but the outlook for the year is positive, and U.S. industrial output increased in March.
Retail IT News For VARs — April 18, 2014
The Heartbleed Bug tops the headlines this week, prompting some suggestions for ways to protect customer data. Also in the news, the adoption of beacons captures shoppers’ locations and preferences, as well as some advice for investing in mobile technology. Finally, the rise of social media has drastically changed the face of e-commerce.
Grocery and Convenience Store IT News — April 17, 2014
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.
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A hospitality VAR’s persistence in finding the right POS solution for a growing hospitality customer leads to a successful implementation and 15 follow-up sales.
When organizations first began crowdsourcing to identify talent for specific projects, the concept seemed to offer limitless potential.
The 1.5 million registered nonprofits in the US can be a rewarding vertical for MSPs to explore in their market. With some research and planning, nonprofits can be a satisfying and profitable addition to your client roster. Working with nonprofits devoted to solving today’s substantial issues can engage the hearts of your employees, boost your reputation with current clients and elevate your standing within your community.
Remember when you first got your CRM? Everything seemed so promising — a single oracle of truth you could turn to for updates on everything going on with your client accounts. For many, though, CRMs stopped being a helpful friend and instead became a burden requiring constant updates and double entry and giving precious little back in return.
“If you don’t evolve, you don’t succeed,” says Rubin Bennett, owner and founder of rb Technologies (rbTech), an IT services firm with customers throughout the New England region. With more than 16 years in the business, Bennett knows what it takes to grow and thrive even as new advances drive change in the fast-paced technology industry.
Established in 2006 by Managing Director Peter Clarke, LanDynamix is a frontrunner in the South African managed services market. With offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town, the firm has seen sales rise as a result of leaving the reactive IT services world behind and focusing instead on being 100 per cent proactive for the benefit of clients.
Bob Stegner, senior VP of Marketing, North America, SYNNEX, shares insights into the features and performance commercial businesses are looking for from the computers on their network. SYNNEX is introducing the HP EliteOne 800 as a new part of its line.
After 12 long years, Microsoft has pulled the plug on Windows XP, and it is huge news in the payment industry. When more than 30 percent of POS systems and 95 percent of ATM machines still run on Windows XP, the discovery of a new security flaw in the system will be disastrous for merchants and banks alike. And since new cyberattacks are reported almost monthly now, it is only a matter of time. It isn’t that Microsoft has forsaken the payments industry. In fact, their reallocation of efforts towards developing better software is in everyone’s best interest, as cyber criminals get increasingly craftier. Nevertheless, Microsoft’s decision and its effects are indicative of a real need within the payments industry: the move to better, safer technology. Luckily for all, innovation in payment tech is alive and well, but it can only go so far without adoption. This is where VARs come in.
Today, even the smallest healthcare organization is a technology hub. Multiple IT systems connect providers to patients, medical specialists, online resources, and external providers and staff are increasingly equipped with mobile devices to support their work within and outside the facilities. The regulatory environment is stringent, and new state healthcare exchanges place additional security and privacy pressures on healthcare organizations.
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.
Mercury Payment Systems
Mercury® 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gift & Loyalty MerchantWARE® Gift & Loyalty Card solution helps merchants and partners increase customer loyalty, retention and revenues.
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