ARTICLES BY CHERYL KNIGHT
IoT Adoption And Its Impact On Manufacturing
The Internet of Things (IoT) brings into play advanced options between device, system, and service that go beyond mere machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. This connectivity between devices and the Internet is expected to usher in a new age of automation in a wide variety of fields, including manufacturing, in addition to making applications like the Smart Grid possible.
Field Service IT News For VARs — August 19, 2014
The news this week covers Oracle’s purchase of TOA Technologies, Anne Ferro leaving the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and Nordic releasing a new low-cost RFID tracking system. Other news covers some of the latest uses for GPS technology in our nation’s school systems and the effect of Analytics on field service revenues.
Leveraging Streaming Video In Field Service
Field service professionals can reap the benefits of advances in video communication in tech-to-tech collaborations and in providing assistance for diagnoses.
Guide Helps Enterprises Choose The Best Data Storage Solution
With the ever-changing needs of the data backup market, new data access and protection solutions continue to evolve. With so many product options currently available, it might be hard to choose between the best depending on company needs.
Retail Predictions For The Second Half Of 2014
Earlier this year, the National Retail Federation (NRF) released its 2014 economic forecast, as detailed in a press release. In the forecast, the NRF predicted an increase in industry retail sales of 4.1 percent, including auto parts, discount, department, grocery, and specialty stores. In addition, the NRF expected online sales to grow 9 to 12 percent in 2014. However, according to a more recent article from CNBC, that forecast has been lowered to 3.6 percent by the NRF as a result of slower-than-expected growth during the first half of the year.
Legislation Could Change Taxes On eCommerce
With the recent passage of the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, a piece of legislation dealing with taxes on the fees that Internet server providers (ISPs) charge their customers is set to come before Congress. The extension of the ban on this Internet access tax finds widespread support among members of both the House and the Senate.
Backoff Malware Targets POS Systems
A U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report details the introduction of a new malware campaign designed to steal consumers’ information through point of sale (POS) terminals nationwide. Initial cyberattacks occurred in the months leading up to the much-publicized data breach at Target stores nationwide during the 2013 holiday season. According to reports, at least 600 retailers nationwide have suffered the effects of Backoff.
Common Mistakes Made In The Retail Vertical
When providing IT solutions in the retail field, VARs can sometimes focus on technology and not people. Along with the views they shared for our Partner Program Insider, the following industry leaders gave their opinions on the common mistakes solutions providers make when selling to customers in the retail vertical.
The Top VAR Opportunities In Retail
A recent BSM article reported on what industry professionals thought were the most significant trends and opportunities for VARs in the retail sector. The following industry leaders also shared their insights on the topic...
Lisa Bodell To Give Keynote Address At ChannelCon
CompTIA, the IT industry trade association, is set to host its annual ChannelCon, August 4 to 6 in Phoenix. In addition to many panels, sessions, and presentations at the event, it features keynote speaker Lisa Bodell, CEO of futurethink, a research and training firm specializing in helping businesses embrace the change that is a normal part of a company’s progression and to become top innovators in their field.