This is the second of three Business Solutions articles sharing observations from a Chip Heath business book. Heath will be the featured speaker for the RSPA (Retail Solutions Providers Association) INSPIRE 2015 conference January 25-28 at the Grand Wailea Resort in Maui, and I think studying his writing is a great way to prepare for the event.
Creditcall CTO: Migrate Systems To EMV Now
Jeremy Gumbley, CTO of Creditcall, tells how the U.S. compares to other countries’ progress in their EMV migration at a year before the deadline, as well as what IT solutions providers should be doing for their customers now.
Mobile Apps Expected To Impact Holiday Sales
Mobile marketing company Artisan Mobile has released the results of a September 2014 research campaign revealing that mobile apps will drive a bigger part of holiday sales this year.
Mobile POS: Hype Versus Opportunity
Retailers continue to struggle with mobile device deployment, despite surging mobile POS (point of sale) shipments. This dichotomy presents big opportunities for the channel.
Merging Break-Fix And Managed Services
A successful MSP and VAR merger leads to a projected 100% revenue growth this year.
Say “No!” To Unprofitable Customers
This $7 million MSP walked away from 90% of its prospects while still growing revenue 9%.
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.
With the release of SQL Server 2012, Microsoft transitioned from a per-processor to a pre-core licensing model. One might suppose, that with the advent of ever-larger core-count processors, Microsoft saw an opportunity and took action. While this change may not have hit your clients’ radar screen yet, it will in a few months, and when it hits — it will hurt.
To all MSPs out there that are accustomed to managing on-premise security solutions, it’s time to take note — your business is moving to the cloud, whether you like it or not. According to a Gartner report released last year, by 2016 the use of cloud computing will increase to become the bulk of new IT spend. In fact, Gartner refers to 2016 as a “defining year for the cloud.” Infonetics Research backs that claim, stating cloud-based security service revenue will expand at a 10.8 percent compound annual growth rate through 2017, and projects the market to reach $9.2 billion. With this rapid cloud adoption comes the need for cloud security functions. Gartner states that the top three cloud services moving forward will be email security, Web security, and identity and access management (IAM).
Today, we characterize 29 percent of the global workforce as anytime, anywhere information workers — those who use three or more devices, work from multiple locations, and use many apps. BYOD in the office is becoming inevitable and employees can easily forget that using their personal devices at work creates a greater potential threat surface for hackers to exploit.
Big Data is changing the business equation. Businesses are starting to realize data is a gold mine of valuable information, and, if understood, it could be used to detect patterns in behavior and predict future outcomes.
System solutions for retailers keeping pace with industry’s rapid evolution.
These days there’s a lot of pressure to get your price points perfect. Ask too much, and you’ll limit your customer base. Ask too little, and you’ll hurt your profitability or client perception. Learn the factors that really matter when developing your prices.
Real-time information requires reliable wireless connectivity. Period. Today, enterprises can’t operate without either. Yet for some — seaports, rail yards, airports, and outdoor manufacturing yards — achieving both remains a challenging proposition. In addition to the vast areas that require coverage, these environments also contain materials — such as metal containers, heavy equipment, liquids, and other 2.4 GHz networks — that wreak havoc on Wi-Fi signals.
When it comes to payment data security, what you don’t know certainly can hurt you. And when you operate several retail stores—each with multiple payment and other network-attached devices—there’s plenty you don’t know at any given point.
Creditcall makes card acceptance simple from any device, anywhere. Whether attended, unattended, online or mobile payments, our award-winning EMV-ready payment gateway and EMV Migration solutions are at the very heart of our clients’ businesses, ensuring payments flow – all day, every day.
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.
Accu-Time Systems, Inc.
Founded in 1991, Accu-Time Systems (ATS) has been a trusted global leader in workforce management, offering state-of-the-art solutions for time and attendance, payroll, and security access. For more than 20 years, Accu-Time Systems has been a global supplier for workforce productivity, planning, human resource data collection, and labor management.
Datto Inc. is an award-winning vendor of backup, disaster recovery (BDR) and intelligent business continuity solutions, providing best-in-class technology and support to its 5,000+ channel Partners throughout North America and Europe. Datto is the only hybrid-cloud BDR vendor that provides instant on- and off-site virtualization of servers and workstations, achieved through its Inverse Chain Technology.
Worldpay US, a division of The Worldpay Group, provides and develops industry-leading payments processing products and services to ISV/VARs and merchants large and small. Verticals include retail, grocery, petroleum, restaurant, and many others. Innovation and investment allow Worldpay to continue to offer a secure and reliable payments platform.
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.
AXIS M50 Network Camera Series AXIS M50 PTZ Dome Network Camera Series are affordably priced palm-sized pan/tilt/zoom cameras. They are perfect for remote and discreet monitoring of indoor areas such as stores, banks, hotels, office lobbies, restaurants and warehouses.
Elo PayPoint - The Electronic Cash Register Reinvented For The Cloud
All-in-one, the Elo PayPoint is your register, cash drawer, credit card reader, barcode scanner, receipt printer, customer facing display, and point-of-sale software solution – all automatically backed up in the cloud to keep your business up and running.
N-central® - Award-Winning RMM & MSP Service Automation Platform
N-central® is a #1 rated MSP Service Automation Platform. N-central is both flexible and powerful. Deliver best-of-breed services across multiple networks and sites - all from a single pane of glass.
Dolphin 7800 Android - Enterprise Digital Assistant (EDA)
Leveraging the modern and user-friendly Google® Android™ operating system packed with Honeywell extras, Honeywell’s Dolphin™ 7800 Android™ rugged EDA offers remote device management capabilities and invaluable security features, creating an enterprise-ready solution with an extended lifecycle and support provided by Honeywell.
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