Field Service IT News – April 15, 2014

In the news, Zebra Technologies will acquire Motorola Solutions' Enterprise business. Also, articles share insights into benefits of cloud solutions, BYOD security, overlooked benefits of management tracking solutions, and how work-order systems not only improve response times, but also provide data about costs and equipment use. 

  • Point Of Sale And Payment Processing News From March 2014
    Point Of Sale And Payment Processing News From March 2014

    Each month, Business Solutions reports news on business in the channel. This month in Point of Sale and Payment Processing news, RSPA appoints a new CEO and president, pcAmerica acquires MobiMagic, Shift4 certifies with Moneris, Lavu releases apps for niche markets, MMF POS partners with Star Micronics, Datacap Systems will offer Phoenix Managed Networks PhoeniXSentry, and Harbortouch offers a new sales center app and web-based demo.

  • Managed Services, Backup And Recovery, And Networking News From March 2014
    Managed Services, Backup And Recovery, And Networking News From March 2014

    Each month, Business Solutions reports news on business in the channel. This month in Managed Services, Backup and Recovery, and Networking news, Channel Transitions VAR/MSP Conferences will feature Gary Pica, Axcient teams with Ingram Micro, GFI MAX announces App Control, Autotask IT Business Mangement now integrates with StorageCraft Recover-Ability, StorServer launches a backup appliance and a small expansion system, N-able introduces Help Desk Manger and N-central 9.4,  HP develops bundled solutions, snom phones are capable of Lync Device Management, Xerox offers new business tools for partners, and D&H is carrying Sophos’ UTM.

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    This security integrator reaps recurring revenue and lower overhead via its cloud-based access control systems.

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    Resellers are always interested in what one another are doing. That’s one of the reasons our feature articles and case studies are so popular. It’s also a reason why the networking portion of industry events is found to be so valuable. At RSPA INSPIRE earlier this year, attendees broke up into groups to share information on challenges and changes facing the market. I was glancing through my notes from that session and thought the information would be interesting to those not in the room.

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    MDM (mobile device management) is a must-have service for many of your customers and a great way to increase your monthly recurring revenue — if you take the right approach.

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Numa Networks' Pure-Play MSP Strategy Pays Off With N-Able By SolarWinds

When Numa Networks launched in 2009 as a pure-play MSP, they moved from a traditional break-fix IT services model to a proactive approach that addresses on-going customer needs to build their business. Key to their success has been the integration of N-able’s remote monitoring and management (RMM) technology.

The Secret To Channel Success: Quit Using Spreadsheets

We all know it’s true: A lot of channel programs are still being managed with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. It’s far more common than you’d expect, even in some of the larger companies. And, honestly, there’s nothing wrong with using spreadsheets if you want to manage a very small program, incentive, or campaign — or even analyze a set of data. But ask for anything complex, and your spreadsheet is probably creating more work than it’s doing. Here are five signs you need an incentive platform, not a spreadsheet.

AVG Managed Workplace (Level Platforms): RMM Product Review - 2014 Update

Lots of changes with the Level Platforms product in 2014. The biggest is probably that the product was rebranded AVG Managed Workplace® following acquisition of the business  of Level Platforms by AVG in June 2013. In Q4 2013, AVG updated RMM pricing to a straight forward ‘per device’ & ‘per server model’.  That is to say the MSP only pays for the number of servers and devices they manage regardless of their locations and customer spread. This is intended to simplify billing and provide clarity for the MSP both in terms of expenditure & revenues.

LabTech: RMM Product Review - 2014 Update

Since our original review, LabTech has added features and functionality such as next generation integrations with ConnectWise and Autotask PSAs. a LabTech Ignite Plugin (pre-configured out-of-box experience that saves MSPs countless hours of configuration), fully integrated and supported industry-leading TeamViewer integration, and script engine enhancements.

N-able: RMM Product Review - 2014 Update

Since January 2013, N-able announced the general availability of N-central 9.1, 9.2 and 9.3 to provide significant new business and technical capabilities to its managed service provider partners (MSPs).  The award-winning N-central managed IT services platform easily scales and now supports hybrid IT environments and mobile devices (Apple and Android), as well as Windows 8 & 8.1 and Windows Server 2012.  

GFI: RMM Product Review - 2014 Update

Since 2013, GFI MAX has seen some significant changes such as remote background management (Real-time connectivity to end-client devices for management and remediation), mobile device management of Android- & iOS-based devices (Windows Phone already under development), and a new help desk and customer service solution with integrated ticket-creation in RemoteManagement.

Continuum: RMM Product Review - 2014 Update

Continuum has implemented many significant changes and enhancements throughout 2013 to ensure that our partners are more productive, efficient and responsive in meeting the IT needs of their SMB clients. For example, updates include mobile device management powered by MaaS360, VMware host monitoring, Linux server monitoring, redesigned setup UI, enhanced patching support and redesigned UI, new client-facing report templates, ticketing enhancements, including more auto-completion and addition of event codes.

3 Tips For Selling Printing Solutions To Healthcare

The healthcare business is becoming increasingly complex. Providers are being asked to deliver quality care, ensure patient safety, and improve operations in an environment where costs are soaring and reimbursements are dwindling. On top of all of those demands, healthcare organizations are undergoing a major reform resulting in more intricate processes throughout their institution. 

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    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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    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.

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    The DS4208-HC corded imager from Motorola allows hospitals and clinics to quickly and easily capture and verify a wealth of data at the point of care, and beyond. The automated capture of information required by emerging healthcare laws enables cost-effective compliance with new government regulations.

  • MB200i Portable Printer
    MB200i Portable Printer

    The new SATO Mobile MBi Series portable printers are the ideal solution for portable print applications. Their compact size, rugged design, and light weight make them ideal for mobile, on-demand printing needs. It's one of the industry's first to implement both peel&present and linerless material handling capabilities built into the standard unit.

  • Datamax-O'Neil M-4210 Printer
    Datamax-O'Neil M-4210 Printer The new Datamax M-Class compact industrial strength printer is a rugged and versatile printer that provides the most accurate printing and flexible standards for today’s business requirements.
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    Datto SIRIS Lite brings award-winning Datto SIRIS technology to a whole new market. Using a simplified local appliance, Datto SIRIS Lite brings all the benefits of a powerful backup agent and Inverse Chain TechnologyTM at a price small business can afford.

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