ARTICLES BY CHRISTINE KERN
What Do The New GSA IT Vendor Cuts Really Mean For VARs?
The General Services Administration (GSA) has trimmed the Schedule 70 contracts of about 1,000 vendors over the last year. According to Kay Ely, GSA’s director of IT schedule programs in the Federal Acquisition Service, the decision to eliminate underperforming vendors is saving the agency about $3.2 million a year in administrative costs. The performance target is $25,000.
Government IT News For VARs — August 20, 2014
In news this week, the Department of Defense (DoD) has received permission to begin migrating certain military data to the cloud. The DoD has instituted an overall mobility plan, supported by DISA. Meanwhile, cyber spies have hacked into the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) contractor’s data. In other news, U.S. IT exports are much higher than many perceive. Also, a new study can help government agencies figure out which cloud system is right for them.
Education IT News For VARs — August 20, 2014
In news this week, the legal focus is on protecting student data, both at the federal and state levels. Also, Desire2Learn has raised $85 million in its latest funding round, and aims at global expansion, while Chromebook shipments hit 5.2 million this year, in large part due to education orders.
Global UC Market Predicted To Reach Almost $76 Billion By 2020
Study concludes growth in burgeoning Unified Communications (UC) field over next six years.
17 New Laws In 12 States Help Govern Educational Technology
Technology is becoming an invaluable tool in today’s classrooms. Yet, there is a lot more to education technology then just ensuring every student has access to a computer. Teachers need to be adequately trained in incorporating technology into the daily curriculum and instruction. Students will be better served if they are using technology as an on-going part of the learning process, rather than a separate activity. And while states are improving the infrastructure for education technology, some communities are still lacking the necessary capacity.
Report Looks At The Value Of Solutions Created From Multiple Vendors’ Technologies
VARs and systems integrators have choices in sourcing, assembling, and deploying hardware and software solutions for customers. Many VARs pick and choose multiple best-of-breed technologies from of a variety of vendors to construct more comprehensive offerings, which often results in better returns and higher sales prices.
Are Your Customers Using the Right Consumables?
According to a recent article, it might be time to reassess the consumables used by your clients. Published on Integrated Solutions for Retailers “The Modest, Yet Essential, Thermal Consumable” from SATO America, points out thermal labels, tags, and ribbons offer great return for every step of the consumer market from identifying and tracking inventory to marketing to the consumer, but they are often taken for granted.
Almost One-Fifth Of Higher Education IT Purchases Are Made Outside Of Central IT
U.S. campuses are spending $4 billion annually on unmanaged, unmeasured investments.
Government IT News For VARs — August 12, 2014
In news this week, USIS was the victim of a major cyber-attack, and news that Russian hackers have stockpiled 1.2 usernames and passwords has government agencies concerned about cyber safety as well. The FCC has also opened the net neutrality comments to the public, while the FTC is fighting mobile cramming. And, the U.S. Army is migrating its educational content to the cloud.
Restaurant And Hospitality IT News For VARs — August 12, 2014
In news this week, wearable technology has great potential for the restaurant industry. In hotel news, the focus is on content management, dynamic rate marketing, and migrating hotel systems to the cloud.