Mike Monocello

About 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

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...
Datto Partner Conference 2014 Notebook

Datto Partner Conference 2014 Notebook

Last week I attended data backup solutions provider Datto’s annual partner conference in Las Vegas. The two and a half day event was loaded with big announcements and great information. Here are my notes in case you weren’t one of the lucky ones who could make it to the sold out event.  Continue Reading...
Get The Answers To All Your Nagging Retail IT Questions

Get The Answers To All Your Nagging Retail IT Questions

June is just around the corner and summer will quickly be upon us. While August - and RSPA RetailNOW - might feel far away, the reality is that it will be here before you know it. It's with that in mind that I wanted to get to you now about this great event and plant some seeds. It's self-reflection time.  Continue Reading...
What The POS Channel Can Learn From The Vantiv-Mercury Deal

What The POS Channel Can Learn From The Vantiv-Mercury Deal

The recent news of the Vantiv-Mercury deal will keep the POS and payments channels buzzing for some time. It’s got us talking here at our office about all the implications. One of my colleagues asked the rhetorical question, “Do our retail and restaurant IT VAR subscribers realize how important they are to the payments industry?” Great question.  Do you? Plain old payment processing isn’t enough to get a ...  Continue Reading...
Don’t Sell Short Your Market Specialization

Don’t Sell Short Your Market Specialization

Last month, Business Solutions (BSM) and ScanSource partnered to hold our first Smart VAR Healthcare Summit. The one-day event was designed to give VARs the unique perspective, IT needs, and decisionmaking process of healthcare providers.  Continue Reading...
What I Learned At The Smart VAR Healthcare Summit

What I Learned At The Smart VAR Healthcare Summit

Last week, ScanSource and Business Solutions jointly held our first Smart VAR Healthcare summit in New Brunswick, NJ. The event was designed to give POS & Badcoding VARs "inside information on the channel's fastest growing vertical from healthcare end users."  While I've written a number of healthcare-related stories during my time at BSM, I learned a lot in planning for this event and from the...  Continue Reading...