Jim Roddy

Jim Roddy



  • LavuCon 2016: Is The Next Gen POS Reseller Already Here?
    LavuCon 2016: Is The Next Gen POS Reseller Already Here?

    Close your eyes and picture the stereotypical POS reseller. I’m guessing you were imagining someone in his 50s or 60s, maybe even older. If that’s what you were thinking (be honest — I bet you even pictured them with thinning gray hair), you would have had an eye-opening experience last week at LavuCon 2016, the annual partner conference for iPad POS vendor Lavu.

  • Earn Your “Roadside MBA” Now, Then Meet The Authors At RSPA INSPIRE

    I was so excited when I heard the authors of Roadside MBA were presenting at the RSPA (Retail Solutions Providers Association) INSPIRE Conference, I immediately bought and read their book. Then when I saw registration opened for INSPIRE this week, I got so fired up I transcribed my notes from the book.

  • VARTECH 2016: A Wild Start, A Changing Channel

    VARTECH, the annual conference hosted by value-added distributor BlueStar, has a reputation for being the most unusual event in our channel. A parade through New Orleans led by a WiFi-enabled elephant? Been there. Shutting down rush hour traffic in downtown Cincinnati to march in the middle of the street to a baseball game? Done that. Trade show on a cruise ship? BlueStar’s actually pulled that off twice.

  • 11 Fast Thoughts From RetailNOW 2016

    I spent nearly six full days in Dallas attending RetailNOW 2016, but it went by like a blur. Let me try to share with you some highlights from what I saw and heard July 29-Aug. 3.

  • Secrets To A Candid Work Culture Revealed At RetailNOW

    Do you really know each of your employees' greatest needs? Their biggest frustrations? What would cause them to leave? What would increase their engagement at work?

  • Epson, BlueStar Execs Analyze The Channel’s “Mobility Metamorphosis”

    The “Mobility Metamorphosis” breakout session May 18 at the Retail IT VAR Of The Future Conference in Chicago featured insights from two veteranl channel executives: Luis Artiz, Group Product Manager, Epson America Inc. and Jason R. Firment, Director of POS and VARCOM,  BlueStar.

  • Growing MSPs Share Advantages Of ASCII Membership

    Three successful managed services providers (MSPs) detailed how The ASCII Group has benefitted their businesses during a lively panel discussion at Business Solutions’ Channel Transitions Conference June 2 in Philadelphia.

  • E-Myth Author Gerber Sounds Wake-Up Call For VAR, MSP Owners

    In addition to being recognized worldwide as a small business guru, Michael Gerber is known for his straight talk. And he’s eager for solution provider owners to be candid with themselves and embrace their reality as well. In a recent interview with Business Solutions President Jim Roddy, Gerber said, “Until the straight talk happens, until somebody pulls the chain, until somebody says something that strikes (VARs and MSPs) so deeply that they can't avoid it or ignore it any longer, nothing's going to change for them.

  • From ASCII Milwaukee: Build A Better Brand Through SOPs

    I can’t keep up with Karl Palachuk. Recognized in our channel as a managed services pioneer and the owner of solution provider advisor Small Biz Thoughts, Palachuk dispensed an avalanche of wisdom today at the ASCII Success Summit in Milwaukee, so much that I couldn’t capture it all.

  • VAR Lesson From ASCII Milwaukee: Laser Focus On A Market

    At the ASCII Success Summit in Milwaukee today, C.J. Ezell, CEO of managed services provider PointClear Networks, gave an encore performance of his 2015 ASCII presentation titled “Adding Dental Integration To Your Managed Services Practice.”

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