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Channeling Security: How To Talk With Clients About Skyrocketing Costs

In today’s business climate, you can count on a security breach almost as sure as you can count on the sun rising and setting. That’s why being proactive about the challenges your clients face — including the spiraling costs of network protection — is essential. It all begins with communication.

Unique, Original Ways To Provide Value To Your Customers

Too often while walking a trade show floor, we’re caught up in the technology “price race to the bottom” — who has more megapixels, who can integrate with more partners, or who can manage the most access points. But in the race to be the best, many manufacturers can get caught up in the competition and forget about the main component in creating a successful business: customers. True service is rooted in the notion that organizations must provide significant value to customers in a number of ways.

The Dynamics Of Change In The Managed Services Marketplace

“If you’re not growing, you’re dying.” This statement is a reminder that in an ever-changing world, you must adapt to your surroundings or you will get left behind. Even though this is a phrase that can apply to anyone and anything, let’s apply it to the struggle that office technology dealerships, manufacturers, distributors, and service companies are experiencing while trying to establish their business in the managed services marketplace.

Dispelling 6 Common Myths About Selling Cloud Services

Lots of technology business owners hesitate to offer cloud services. Some of them think the cloud will offer less control over their clients’ IT environments, while others worry about the fact they won’t have any servers to support. Do those concerns sound familiar? If so, it’s time to change your thought process by looking at the cloud from a client’s perspective.

2016’s Top Field Service KPIs How To Help Service Managers Meet Them

Key indicators of a successful service organization haven’t changed much in the last few years, but the tools and strategies service managers use to meet them are changing all the time. When it comes to setting and measuring key performance indicators (KPIs) each year, service managers see better results when they focus on the process of delivering service, rather than the results. For example, rather than measuring profitability or number of service calls per day, analyze the success of the processes involved in delivering service. When the process goals are being met, the desired results will follow.

Kitchen Workflow: Optimizing For New Restaurant Realities

The mobile consumer presents a tremendous opportunity for restaurant operators. Recent National Restaurant Association (NRA) research found that 43 percent of adults say they’ve used the Internet to place an order for takeout or delivery. Nearly 60 percent of adults have visited a restaurant’s website, and 58 percent have viewed a restaurant’s menu online. Most of that online activity is taking place on smartphones while consumers are on the go and making their mealtime decisions. NRA’s research indicates that 52 percent of U.S. Internet users would likely use a smartphone or tablet for ordering takeout and delivery if possible. That figure climbs to nearly three quarters among the millennial population.

Why EMV Payment Integrations Aren’t Easy

Software developers face many challenges. Staying relevant to customers, finding new ways to deliver value, and remaining competitive takes time and energy. It is no surprise that issues outside of the core features and functions of the software -- such as payment security and EMV — are regarded with such an aversion. Most developers are in business to solve unique needs of a market or business segment; they're not experts in payments. Unfortunately, today the ability to process cards comes at a significant cost and effort.

Production Schedule Disruptions: Coping With Customer Changes

Modern manufacturing is a sophisticated interplay of processes requiring a complex blend of machines, materials, and other resources. It’s easy for manufacturing operations to get disrupted by a variety of unforeseen influences such as equipment breakdowns, human resource issues, raw material shortages, unplanned demand changes, and a host of other challenges.

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  • 2016 VAR & ISV's Guide To EMV & Payment Security
    2016 VAR & ISV's Guide To EMV & Payment Security

    Many IT solutions providers, both VARs and software developers, rank dealing with payment security slightly higher than a trip to the dentist. It’s not something people want to spend time on. To most, payment security is not a money-making profit center. Additionally, the rules seem to be ever-changing and nearly impossible to get ahead of. To top it off, the bad guys always seem to be one step ahead.

  • Partner Program Insider 2016
    Partner Program Insider 2016

    Are your vendor partners merely providers of product for you to sell, or true partners that are walking with you hand-in-hand and working to help you succeed? If you didn’t answer “true partners,” it might be time to reevaluate the relationship.

  • Best Channel Vendors 2016
    Best Channel Vendors 2016

    Here are 2016's Best Channel Vendors, listed first by technology category (Business Continuity through VoIP) and then by technology subcategory. One of the main purposes of this special report is to give our resellers a guide to who their peers think are Best Channel Vendors.

  • Business Solutions Executive Insight 2015
    Business Solutions Executive Insight 2015

    2016 is just a few holiday parties away and will be here before we know it. This month prior is a good opportunity to take a step back and reflect on the past year. What has your company done well? Are there wins you should be celebrating? What will your company look like in the years to come? What have you struggled with? Are you taking steps to ensure that those same struggles don’t occur in 2016?

  • Business Solutions’ Guide To Health IT Trends For VARs & MSPs
    Business Solutions’ Guide To Health IT Trends For VARs & MSPs

    Healthcare IT continues to evolve and change, and IT solutions providers in this vertical need to address the challenges their clients face as they try to keep up with standards, regulations, and trends.

  • The Annual Guide To POS & Payment Processing Trends
    The Annual Guide To POS & Payment Processing Trends

    If you want to know more about EMV and how to maximize your payments-related revenue, this guide is for you. After surveying both small and large retailers on their top technology needs (and where they plan to spend), surveying our own readers, and studying analysts’ data on the market, we came up with a list of the four most important topics of today and the near future: payment processing (special focus on security/EMV and mobility), mobile POS, POS-as-a-Service, and customer experience/ engagement.

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    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.

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    At MAXfocus we provide over 12,000 MSPs and IT support companies globally with the integrated Remote Monitoring, Mail Security, Backup and ServiceDesk capability you need to make your clients’ lives easier. We also provide free training, sales and marketing materials to help build your business.

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  • Moneris Solutions
    Moneris Solutions

    We’ve spent more than 40 years helping lead the electronic payment revolution, and we remain at the industry’s forefront. Providing merchants and partners with seamless, secure solutions and the latest industry intelligence, Moneris helps the businesses we serve unlock new possibilities and take advantage of new avenues for growth.

  • CharTec
    CharTec

    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
    Harbortouch

    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.

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    Our gift card service is designed to help you generate new revenue, increase exposure of your brand, and manage gift card sales for one store or an entire chain.

  • Datto SIRIS 2
    Datto SIRIS 2

    Datto SIRIS 2 delivers the most aggressive Recovery Time Objective (RTO) of any backup, disaster recovery (BDR) and business continuity solution available today. It is the ideal solution for businesses for whom downtime is not an option. SIRIS 2 offers the best protection for a business’s mission-critical applications, delivered via the most robust and flexible technology on the market today.

  • Intel® Atom™ N2600 Based Ultra Slim Digital Signage Platform With Mini-PCIe Slot
    Intel® Atom™ N2600 Based Ultra Slim Digital Signage Platform With Mini-PCIe Slot

    Measuring a mere 19 mm thick, DS-060 is undoubtedly the world’s slimmest digital signage player powered by a 3rd generation Intel ® Core™ i7 processor (up to 45 watts TDP). This thin-and-powerful media player is equipped with 1x digital, plus 1x analog display outputs, and simultaneous dual 1080P(FHD) capability delivers a premium visual experience when graphics performance really matters. Windows ® Embedded OS, Linux are supported, with iManager preloaded, and SUSIAccess for Signage is also on offer. We’ve designed the DS-060 series in the smallest possible form factor, for optimized performance.

  • ConnectWise - Business Management Platform
    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.

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Technologies and topics typically covered include data collection/supply chain, point of sale (POS), payment processing, video surveillance and access control, voice over IP (VoIP), networking, storage, managed services, network security, the cloud, mobile computing, and enterprise content management (ECM). From a market perspective, our articles focus on government, retail, hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation and logistics, education, legal, banking, and anywhere else solutions providers can find new revenue streams.

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