One of the reasons I enjoy attending channel conferences is the opportunity to hear from a variety of perspectives. You think you’ve heard every angle on our industry, but then someone explains their perspective and you think about the IT channel in a different way.
From ASCII Atlantic City: When Hiring, VARs Should Hold Out For Character
I have greatly valued the partnership between Business Solutions and The ASCII Group, so I was doubly honored when they asked me to kick off their final Success Summit of 2014 in Atlantic City today. Hire Like You Just Beat Cancer was the name of my ASCII presentation and is the title of a book I published in 2012, in part to celebrate my 10 years of being cancer-free.
Government IT News For Vars — October 22, 2014
In news this week, a new sandworm vulnerability has been identified and patched, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has a new high-tech concept car, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has released an updated smartphone app to track child predators.
Quick Fix To Analog System Lands Integrator With IP Surveillance Project
A 10-camera surveillance solution for outdoor locations at a housing project leads to additional business for this systems integrator.
Sell Cloud BDR You Can Count On
An MSP’s cloud BDR (backup and disaster recovery) is put to a true test within a week of implementation and saves a lumber company customer from total data loss.
You Have Questions? CompTIA Probably Has The Answers.
When asked to give advice about how solutions providers can improve their businesses, I’m always sure to include joining industry organizations.
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.
Many businesses and service providers (SPs) are looking for ways to leverage cloud based backup solutions. For businesses, backing up data into the cloud represents a cost-effective way to manage the day-to-day task of protecting critical business data. For service providers, cloud backup technology presents an opportunity to gain new customers and increase their revenue. But the key to meeting the needs of both of these groups are solution offerings, like Datto’s, that makes cloud backup and recovery simple and reliable.
Market demand for business continuity (BC) as a service is growing and lucrative. Mere data backup is no longer sufficient for customers who depend on their critical data and systems every minute of every day. They need true automated business continuity that will not just let them recover files as they existed at some point in the past—but that will empower them to immediately continue operating their business no matter what happens to their hardware or their offices.
Virtualization has become not just commonplace, but vital among enterprises—but what should a company know when architecting its virtual server backup strategy? Here are five tips, including knowing what to ask vendors and how to go about future-proofing your organization.
If you think credit and debit cards are about to displace cash for retail transactions, think again. Legal tender accounts for as much as 40 percent of transactions overall and up to two-thirds of purchases under $10. So while plastic and electronic payments often have been pegged as the currency of the future, the oft-predicted cashless society is nowhere in sight.
One of the biggest challenges businesses face today is when workforces, suppliers, and customers are often dispersed over great distances. One must balance the advantages of personal interaction and collaboration while keeping costs under control. The use of online videos is rapidly being adopted for both B2B and customer service use.
Providing managed services can be challenging and full of obstacles, but with good advice from industry insiders, the road can be a bit less bumpy.
How often do we think of implementing a radical structural fix when an attitude and leadership adjustment could be the remedy? Such a radical reaction may be to rebrand and/or relaunch when, in fact, our problems can be overcome with a systematic approach to improved team performance.
It’s not love at first sight. It is all about the relationship between the vendor and the partner if a channel sales partnership is to be successful. A better understanding of what a vendor expects from a partner helps the solution provider make well informed and prudent business decisions that have a positive and profitable impact on their organization.
Established in 1972, Honeywell Scanning and Mobility is a leading manufacturer of data collection and communication products designed specifically for mobile, on-site, and transaction processing applications.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Honeywell Hyperion 1300g Linear-Imaging Scanner Featuring an ideal balance of performance, durability and ergonomics, the Hyperion 1300g provides years of hassle-free scanning, especially in scan-intensive or light industrial applications.
Tecton CS Mobile Computer
A shift in a cold environment is demanding – make it more productive with a hand-held purpose-built to get more done in the cold.
Becoming a CharTec Partner puts your organization into an elite group of MSPs dedicated to offering a wide variety of superior products and services to their clients. Our relationship with you is a partnership, so that's exactly what we call you — a "CharTec Partner." In initiating our relationship, we open the doors giving you exclusive access to our products, resources, and training. Good things happen when you ride with the Zebra.
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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