In the news, The EMV Migration Forum launches a new online resource and plans a one-day workshop for VARs and other solutions providers. Also, card issuers are signing on to work with Apple Pay. In other news, OTAs will begin listing Wi-Fi speeds along with other information travelers can consider before they book, and the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has issued updated guidance on card-skimming prevention.
Business Advice: Exhibit "Technology Humility"
It’s easy for solutions providers to get caught thinking they’re smarter and better than their customers. However, just because you have more IT knowledge than your customers, doesn’t mean you’re better. Have some humility. That was the advice of Jason Etheridge, president and CEO of Logic Speak, who spoke at the recently held GFI MAX Customer Conference in Orlando. During his presentation on technology humility, he provided a handful of tips for solutions providers...
Manufacturing And Warehousing IT News For VARs — September 15, 2014
In the news, “design-led” innovation could provide your manufacturing clients with a competitive edge. Also, manufacturers are leveraging data to improve productivity, fulfill customer demand, and control costs.
Find Your Cloud Services Niche
This MSP’s client communication skills and intentional focus on cloud services are important keys to its projected 25 percent revenue growth this year.
Break Out Of Paltry POS Sales
Selling complementary IT solutions and professional services contracts are driving this retail VAR’s projected 150 percent revenue growth.
Retail Management System Replaces Paper-Based Process
New POS software helps solve a liability problem while growing a customer database at this indoor trampoline park.
Sub-$1300 All-In-One POS Terminals Product Review - Table Of Contents
A VAR evaluates 7 sub-$1,300 all-in-one POS terminals and shares the pros and cons of each.
As a soup-to-nuts provider of IT support and managed services, DataServ Corp. caters to the needs of small to mid-sized companies from two to 100 employees in the Midwest market. DataServ functions as systems integrator, a full-time contract IT department, as well as a provider of managed services, depending on the client.
Barcoding, Inc.’s client, a supply chain and logistics solutions provider, had to implement a bar code scanning system for a customer operating a return center. This customer wanted a system that would allow the user to scan the part number and serial number of received items, and then generate a new bar code label based on the scanned information. The user would then attach the bar code label to the box that contained the returned items. The client wanted two options — box label or case label.
It’s been 21 years since Adobe debuted the Adobe Acrobat suite and introduced the PDF (portable document format) file format. Adobe also launched a free PDF reader in order to make PDF ubiquitous. You only had to purchase the software if you wanted to actually create PDF documents.
A few years ago, one of my vendors held an online event with author Randy Schwantz as guest. Schwantz had written two books about using “The Wedge” to displace your competitor’s and win more clients. After an hour on the phone, I was hooked. The very next week I used some of these techniques in a prospect meeting to ultimately get my competition fired and land the client’s entire business — a client from which I am still making monthly recurring revenue. I have used these techniques ever since with great success.
When we talk to Managed Service Providers both big and small, new or mature, the question of automation often comes up. All MSPs want to run their companies efficiently, and automation frees up time spent on repetitive tasks so they can focus on growing their businesses.
Make A Good First Impression: As the saying goes “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” This ebook will go into the importance of your help desk and the importance of quality customer service. Your customer’s impression of you is the reality you live in. It is not about how much you do for them, it is about their perception of what you are doing for them. If your help desk is consistently providing quality service you will find that your relationship with your customer and your retention of those customers will improve greatly.
Why successful MSPs keep the focus on the value of managed services when selling a managed cloud offering.
How to realize the full potential of managed services and dominate your market.
Datto Inc. is an award-winning vendor of backup, disaster recovery (BDR) and intelligent business continuity solutions, providing best-in-class technology and support to its 5,000+ channel Partners throughout North America and Europe. Datto is the only hybrid-cloud BDR vendor that provides instant on- and off-site virtualization of servers and workstations, achieved through its Inverse Chain Technology.
Dell Software Inc.
Dell provides end-to-end solutions leveraging our combined breadth and depth of software and system competencies. We enable partners to differentiate their offerings and drive recurring revenue generating IT as a Service (ITaaS). These offerings will accelerate customer onboarding, ensure cost-effective scalability and heterogeneous manageability across a broad range of ITaaS workloads for Enterprise and SMB customers.
Creditcall makes card acceptance simple from any device, anywhere. Whether attended, unattended, online or mobile payments, our award-winning EMV-ready payment gateway and EMV Migration solutions are at the very heart of our clients’ businesses, ensuring payments flow – all day, every day.
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.
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.
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.
Fast, reliable and secure payments for your choice of payment processing solution
MerchantWARE Payment Suite Merchantware is a complete suite of certified payment processing solutions designed especially for Developers and VARs.
ConnectWise - Business Management Platform
Made for companies that sell, service and support technology, ConnectWise is the leading business management platform for technology service providers worldwide. ConnectWise integrates and automates all the critical business functions of a service provider to help you earn greater accountability, operational efficiency, and profitability in your business.
Marathon Field Computer
For mobile workers, the successful execution of every step in that day’s shift is critical. Every completed service call, every first response, every product shipped, every single decision made in the field can either bring you closer to your destination or cause a setback for both mobile worker and customer.
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