Archie Manning is best known for his football prowess and the success of his NFL quarterback sons Peyton and Eli. But he proved today during his keynote speech at VARTECH 2014, the annual conference hosted by value-added distributor BlueStar, he knows something about teamwork and leading an organization. Manning spoke to an estimated crowd of more than 1,000 channel executives Friday morning at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans.
How a PSA Commitment Led to 150% Revenue Growth
In a recent blog, I talked about some of the common pitfalls VARs and MSPs run into with PSA (professional service automation) tools. One of the biggest pitfalls identified was “Using 10% of the application.” I recently spoke with Kory Lindersmith and Lonnie Ladwig, cofounders of Dakota Retail Technologies, two guys who can closely identify with this pitfall.
VARTECH: Live Polls Offer Insight On Biggest Reseller Challenges, Shrinking Margins
Solutions providers attending VARTECH 2014, the annual conference hosted by value-added distributor BlueStar, participated in two interesting live polls during a partner meeting Thursday afternoon at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans. Resellers used their smartphones to submit their responses via text, Twitter, or a web page, and the results were posted on a giant screen as they were received.
Taking Security-as-a-Service To New Levels
An MSSP’s (managed security services provider’s) ability to quickly assess and implement a PCI-compliant security solution was critical to winning a 4,500-location security implementation with a retailer.
Automation Helps MSP Manage Client Services
A professional services automation (PSA) tool has helped this MSP improve visibility into client services and assets.
Saved By Managed Services
At its lowest point, this VAR invested in managed services technologies and business process automation and now enjoys year-over-year double-digit growth with monthly recurring revenue.
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.
In a recent article by the Huffington Post, researcher and writer Stowe Boyd referenced the work of two Oxford researchers, Carl Benedict Frey and Michael A. Osborne. Frey and Osborne found that 47 percent of routine jobs are at risk of being automated, with humans being displaced from these jobs and the demand shifting to more non-routine, creative work — a phenomenon, cited in a report by Liberty Street Economics, called job polarization.
How do I empower my team to make decisions on their own, to look at the whole picture of the problem, and bring it to resolution?
Retailers are convinced of mobility’s benefits and are looking for the right solutions.
In addition to being a fairly unique company, Easy Office Phone, a provider of cloud-based business phone services for Canada and the United States founded in 2005, also has a terrific corporate culture, good camaraderie, and a general sense of fun — but we’re not for everyone, and working here calls for some specific traits.
Do you need to build a successful cloud channel partnership? Do you need to sell to mid- to large-size enterprise customers? Worry not — there are a few strategies that can help growing organizations succeed while building a successful channel partner program in the process. Implemented correctly, channel partnerships can offer a vertical focus, local contacts, and ultimately the business know-how that can take vendors years to acquire. Done right, a vendor can bring maximum return for both sales and financial success to the organization.
It’s no surprise the “View From The Top: Leadership Panel” at this year’s Retail Solutions Providers Association’s RetailNOW included a discussion of EMV.
The first half of 2014 marked a rise in springtime credit spending and interesting advancements in global mobile wallet and payment technologies. In the U.S., what will this increased e-commerce activity and the upcoming back-to-school and winter shopping seasons hold for the rest of year?
Now that the second half of 2014 is upon us, a number of retail trends have been established. Are you familiar with any of them? Whether your business is primarily conducted in your brick-and-mortar store or through an e-commerce site - or both, it's always important as an owner or manager to keep abreast of the most pressing trends. Some will merely be flashes in the pan, of course, but several are already exhibiting major staying power. While you don't necessarily need to jump on the bandwagon of each one, chances are that virtually all of them will provide significant benefits for your company.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stratis™ Tablet Holder For Cash Drawer Integration
APG’s Stratis™ tablet holder is designed for retailers who are installing mobile and/or Thin (Thinbility) iPad ® based point of sale applications. POS software is moving to tablets and to the cloud for easy accessibility and instant reporting. Designed to allow the retailer to take advantage of the small foot print tablet, the Stratis™ tablet holder adds an elegant look to your POS environment.
Honeywell Marathon Field Computer
The Honeywell Marathon is a field computer designed to assist mobile workers in the successful execution of every critical step of their day. It packs all the mission-critical features and connectivity demanded by mobile workers into an IP65-rated fully-rugged design.
Merchant Account Services Since 1998, Merchant Warehouse has specialized in credit card payment processing solutions. Today, we are recognized one of the largest, most reputable merchant account providers in industry.
AXIS P72 Video Encoder Series AXIS P72 Video Encoder Series offers powerful, full-featured and efficient integration of analog cameras into an IP-based video surveillance system. The video encoders are is ideal for locations such as gas stations, convenience stores and small offices.
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