Mike Monocello

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Mike Monocello is the editor-in-chief of Business Solutions magazine, a monthly publication dedicated to helping IT solutions providers grow their businesses by selling complementary technologies and moving into thriving markets.

ARTICLES BY MIKE MONOCELLO

Channel Transitions Provides Answers To Your As-A-Service Questions

Channel Transitions Provides Answers To Your As-A-Service Questions

Our third event on the topic of transitioning from break-fix to the as-a-service model was held on Tuesday July 22 in Boston. Based on feedback from the initial respondents to our post-event survey, Channel Transitions East was a success. After pouring a lot of sweat into the event, I’m relieved. It’s not that I expected failure. We planned and prepared and prepared even more to set ourselves up to succeed. But there are so many...  Continue Reading...
ISVs Struggle With EMV

ISVs Struggle With EMV

Like VARs, ISVs have the tough task of trying to make sense of the official information (or lack thereof) concerning EMV. However, while VARs can take the (not advisable) wait-and-see approach, ISVs need to ensure they aren’t caught with a solution that lacks EMV capabilities when the time arrives. Additionally, ISVs will have to spend some time and money working on their EMV integrations. If you’re an ISV trying to determine your...  Continue Reading...
What Does EMV Mean To VARs?

What Does EMV Mean To VARs?

As a VAR working with merchants and selling any combination of POS hardware, software, and payment processing, you’re in the middle of the EMV topic. If you feel like EMV is currently a point of frustration with the distant hope of turning into something lucrative, you’re not alone.  Continue Reading...
Why Now Is The Right Time To Make EMV Sales

Why Now Is The Right Time To Make EMV Sales

About two years ago, I recall a meeting at our offices where one Business Solutions team member was full of conviction that we needed to create an educational guide to EMV. At the time, EMV was just barely on the radar of payments companies after the card brands announced migration plans for the United States. We surveyed our readers (both VARs and software developers) and found that creating an EMV guide at that time would be premature.  Continue Reading...
Jump-Start Your As-a-Service Transition

Jump-Start Your As-a-Service Transition

As you might know, we’ve dedicated many pages to educating readers on the value of a managed services model. While the benefits can be great, there also can be some significant hurdles to clear before you sail off into the sunset. Many established MSPs have stories about adopting certain aspects of the model, while ignoring other aspects. This can delay or stifle your success on this model and potentially poison people into thinking that...  Continue Reading...
Overcome Analysis Paralysis And Do Something

Overcome Analysis Paralysis And Do Something

When I started with this magazine eight years ago, I remember how I struggled writing certain articles. Sure, I was “green,” and I lacked understanding of certain topics, but the POS industry was also in a pretty quiet phase, and there weren’t a lot of exciting angles to take with articles. At the time, I had no idea we were in a lull, and I certainly didn’t expect what was coming.  Continue Reading...
Product Review: All-In-One POS Terminals

Product Review: All-In-One POS Terminals

A VAR evaluates 7 sub-$1,300 all-in-one POS terminals and shares the pros and cons of each.  Continue Reading...
Sub-$1300 All-In-One POS Terminals Product Review - Table Of Contents

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.  Continue Reading...
News, Insight From Autotask Community Live! 2014

News, Insight From Autotask Community Live! 2014

Last week’s Autotask Community Live! was held in Miami and gave Autotask users a lot to digest. Following are my notes from the event.  Continue Reading...
Life-Changing Content, Just For You

Life-Changing Content, Just For You

If you’ve been reading Business Solutions magazine (BSM) for the past couple years, you know that we believe strongly in the power of recurring revenue via the as-a-Service model. Recurring revenue is predictable and stable and can help your business reach new heights. Unfortunately, there are many obstacles you’ll probably have to overcome. We want to help. In fact, it’s our mission.  Continue Reading...