FERPA Requirements Could Extend To Solutions Providers

As technology use has exploded and pushed into the educational realm, the original parameters of Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) are being stretched, and some believe that it is time to update the guidelines to respond to the current environment.

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    Healthcare IT Labeled "Breeding Ground For The Unprepared" By Study

    One of the key benefits IT solutions providers bring to the organizations they serve is a relief of frustration and confusion around their IT environments. A survey of C-level executives and health IT professionals from Peak 10 highlights the impact of the unprecedented burdens faced by healthcare administrators and gives insight into attitudes and trends around current issues in the industry.

  • Retail IT VAR Of The Future Preview: 4 Parts Of The Retail IT Ecosystem
    Retail IT VAR Of The Future Preview: 4 Parts Of The Retail IT Ecosystem

    Business Solutions Retail IT VAR Of The Future Conference, May 12-13, at Bally’s Las Vegas, will present an in-depth look at four topics: POS-as-a-Service, mobile point of sale (POS), Payment Security and EMV, and customer experience.

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RSPA’s President’s Note

2015 came in with a bang—with name changes and acquisitions, our own INSPIRE® event and other industry conferences. There is a lot of activity and momentum right now, and if the first two months of the year are any indicator, we are in for an exciting year!

Legally Speaking: Start The Year Right With Current Transactional Documents

As businesses, services, laws, and regulations change, so must our transactional documents regulating the relationship with the end user. Many Resellers have found that the use of a Master Agreement, setting out terms and conditions applying to all their transactions, coupled with separate Order Forms, Statements of Work, License Terms, and/or Service, Support or Maintenance Agreements is a preferred approach. If you have added a product or service or simply have not tweaked your transactional documents in three or more years, it is time to take action.

Motivating An Elephant: Changing When It’s Hard

The second day of INSPIRE® education with Chip Heath shifted gears a bit: to change management. Using his book, Switch: How to Change When Change is Hard as the day’s text, Heath opened his presentation by challenging the crowd to think about change itself.

Think AND, Not OR: Better Decision Making Involves Having Choices

Chip Heath shared these alarming factoids on decision-making in his first workshop at INSPIRE® 2015 on Monday, January 26. In walking the group through the principles of his best-selling book, Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work, these statistics (and a few others) solicited head shaking, hesitant chuckles, and even a few gasps.

2015: A Year of New Opportunities For RSPA Members

By all indications, 2015 is going to be a busy year for VARs and merchants in preparation for the EMV liability shift. It is hard to believe that October 2015 is looming right around the corner.

Retail IT VAR Of The Future Preview: 4 Parts Of The Retail IT Ecosystem

Business Solutions Retail IT VAR Of The Future Conference, May 12-13, at Bally’s Las Vegas, will present an in-depth look at four topics: POS-as-a-Service, mobile point of sale (POS), Payment Security and EMV, and customer experience.

Retail Solutions 2015: Measured Against Their Contribution To Customer Experience

Resellers who can help retailers meet new shopper expectations while simultaneously satisfying the needs of the merchant to attract and retain customers will be most successful.

2 Reasons You Should Rethink Your IaaS Go-To-Market Strategy

IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) is proving to be a leading service within the exploding cloud computing market. Gartner, for example, predicts that IaaS will achieve a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 41.3% through 2016, the fastest growing area of public cloud computing the research firm tracks. As would be expected, the market has been flooded in the past few years as established IT giants (e.g. IBM, Microsoft) and startups (e.g. ProfitBricks, CloudSigma) alike have come out with IaaS offerings.

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A VAR & MSP's Guide To Health IT Trends

A VAR & ISV's Guide To EMV

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