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Bounce Imaging, founded by an MIT alumnus in 2012, is helping law enforcement assess danger in unseen areas with its new device, the Explorer. Now, the Boston-based startup will be deploying 100 of the new gadgets to police departments nationwide, and it aims to expand to first responders and other security clients in the near future, according to MIT News. By Christine Kern, contributing writer

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    VARs looking to make the transition to managed services need to overcome some hurdles. We’ve been writing about them for a while now. Cash flow, training, a different sales methodology, selecting the right automation tools, etc. Another hurdle is running an efficient business. With that in mind, here’s a tough pill for many to swallow: Many VARs who have historically been project-/break-fix-based probably have a headcount issue.

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    Competition Aims To Recognize Developers That Further AIDC

    AIM, the industry association for innovation and technology solutions in automatic identification and data capture, has announced the 2015 AIDC (Non RFID) Case Study Competition is now open for submissions through July 31. The competition is open to all AIM members and partners in an effort to promote collaboration and knowledge sharing. By Christine Kern, contributing writer

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The Changing Landscape Of Software And Payments

Over the past 10 years we have seen the merging of two previously distinct businesses ‐‐‐ payment processing and retail software. Organizations such as Mercury Payments, Accelerated Payments and PayPros (now openedge), Braintree and Stripe have not only captured attention with major headlines but also massive financial valuations. Interestingly, much of the heavy lifting associated with the success of these organizations was performed by technology providers, software vendors and value added resellers (VARs).

3 Things Solutions Providers Can Do To Build Partnerships With SMBs

Partnering as an IT solutions provider with the small and medium business client is the sole focus of many integrators and MSPs (managed services providers). Though SMBs have many of the same needs as bigger firms, they are usually less tech savvy, have fewer resources and a less strategic view of their IT. So they are looking to you for three things.

Just Own It: Can Self-Leadership Work In Your IT Solutions Provider?

In the ultimate move toward self-leadership in the workplace, Zappos (among others) recently announced they were eliminating managers in an effort to keep things less corporate.  In a movement called holacracy, teams are expected to know what needs to get done and do it, focusing on the relationships rather than the individual to meet objectives.

3 Things Small Businesses Want From Their IT Providers

The IT services market is a unique one, and the SMB niche within it is even further refined. Small and medium-sized businesses have far fewer resources (and minimal manpower) when compared to their enterprise counterparts — and traditionally, these restrictions have prevented smaller organizations from gaining access to emerging technologies and infrastructure solutions.

Features Of A Loyalty Program That Will Help Your Merchant IT Clients Enhance Customer Experience

Loyalty programs have earned a place in the toolbox of merchants that depend on repeat purchases from their customers. Repeat business is great, but there is an even better reason why loyalty programs are important: they save money.

Why Your Hospitality Clients Should Transition To EMV Now

There’s no such thing as traveling light today. Hotel guests are carrying a heavy load of sensitive financial information on their credit cards when they check-in. Just as they expect their hotel rooms to be comfortable and clean, they also expect their data to remain secure before, during and after their stay.

Disaster Strikes: 3 Critical Factors That Should Be A Part Of A Recovery Plan

In the darkest days after a tornado in early May damaged 30 percent of Van, Texas, (a city outside of Dallas) residents were provided some relief when the Van High School “Vandals” baseball team beat North Lamar High School to go on to the state semifinals for the first time in program history.

What IT Solutions Providers Need To Know About Bitcoins And Cryptocurrency

Bitcoins are a form of cryptocurrency, meaning they do not have a physical representation. Instead they are stored in an online exchange in anonymous wallets. They can be transferred anywhere in the world via the Internet. They can be paid from anywhere, to anywhere with total anonymity. The long and short of it is: They are the ideal form of payment for illicit activities and hackers.

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