Grocery And C-Store IT News For VARs – July 24, 2014

In the news this week, a report also shows that the new Neighborhood Markets are actually not having the negative impact on conventional grocers that was anticipated. Also, an app underscores the trend toward indoor retail mapping.

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    Biometrics Authenticate Student Identity

    Online college courses have risen in popularity due to the flexibility they allow, but they also bring increased potential for cheating. Technology is available, that, according to D. Frank Smith of EdTech, verifies a student’s identity with “something that cannot be shared — their bodies.” With biometrics, a student’s identity can be authenticated using unique body identifiers. Recently, companies like Apple and Samsung have included a key biometric feature, fingerprint scanner technology, to iPhone S5 and Galaxy S5, bringing biometric technology mainstream.

  • How Not To Trade Security For IoT Benefits
    How Not To Trade Security For IoT Benefits

    Devices connected to the Internet offer flexibility and mobility, but they also present a serious security risk. The Internet of Things (IoT) has been growing, and businesses have been seeking ways to protect information shared over the Internet by this increasingly diverse collection of devices. WindRiver, a global leader in embedded technology solutions, discusses in a white paper, “Security in the Internet of Things — Lessons from the Past for the Connected Future,” ways in which businesses can minimize risk and protect their own — and their customers’ — data.

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    As you might know, we’ve dedicated many pages to educating readers on the value of a managed services model. While the benefits can be great, there also can be some significant hurdles to clear before you sail off into the sunset. Many established MSPs have stories about adopting certain aspects of the model, while ignoring other aspects. This can delay or stifle your success on this model and potentially poison people into thinking that the model isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

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Vendor’s Tech Training Delivers Competitive Edge To VARs

Even in an age where oceans of information are available online, well-designed, comprehensive technology training is still a valuable commodity. In fact, for many VARs, using what they learn from a technology vendor can create a significant competitive advantage.

Training Moves VARs To The Head Of The Class

How much value can a VAR add by taking advantage of a vendor’s technology training program? One point of sale vendor believes the benefits of education are well worth the investment.

Mastering Service Delivery Through Ticketing

Efficiency through automation is essential to growth, but it’s customer satisfaction with service delivery that’s critical to long-term profitability. It’s not only the technology in place, but how it’s used—and incorporated into a relationship with clients—that shapes success.

Channel Transitions East: Why You Have To Grow To Survive In The Channel

At Channel Transitions East powered by Business Solutions magazine, keynote speaker Larry Walsh of channel strategy firm The 2112 Group said average revenue growth in the IT channel last year was 11 to 15 percent, but "5 percent of your peers are growing 100 percent per year."  He told the VARs, managed services providers (MSPs), and other solutions providers at the event on July 22 at the Hilton Boston Logan Airport that growth is necessary for survival -- and exceeding market expectations is possible -- but it requires a plan.

PSA Solution Helps Axcell Technologies Grow 50% In One Year

Axcell Technologies is a respected provider of outsourced IT services in the Chicago area. Axcell serves a variety of industries including manufacturing, real estate, healthcare, transportation, and finance. As the company grew, President Rick Vines began looking for an integrated Professional Services Automation (PSA) solution to help better manage the dispatch and scheduling aspects of the service ticket process. During the evaluation process, Vines was impressed with the functionality that ConnectWise had to offer and how it tied in to all areas of the business. “ConnectWise is at the center of what we do. We use it for just about everything on the operations side.” said Vines.

5 Keys To Increasing MSP Sales Part 4: Have A Sales Focus

I speak in front of IT providers at many live events each year. During these events I poll the audience to see how many people have a goal of increasing their managed services revenue and normally over 95 percent of the hands in the audience go up. Then I ask how many people have a dedicated resource focused only on adding new managed services agreements. Very few hands are raised.

The Ultimate EMV Cheat Sheet: Everything ISVs, Integrators And VARs Need to Know About EMV Migration

Around the globe, countries have adopted EMV technology to combat against fraud. A report from Europol says 80 percent of fraud outside the European Union, using EU payment cards, occurs in the U.S.

The Pitfalls Of Automated Social Media Tools

Like almost any marketing tool, social media can be a two-edged sword. If handled with care, a tweet can be engaging and appealing, generating brand awareness and positive consumer responses; if they are thoughtless or insensitive, they can severely damage your brand.

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