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

How Are Your Peers/Competitors Doing? SYNNEX Has Some Answers.

How Are Your Peers/Competitors Doing? SYNNEX Has Some Answers.

During the morning session today at the SYNNEX 2013 National Conference, the 1600 attendees had the opportunity to take part in a survey on their businesses. During a panel discussion, the audience voted in real time, with the panel commenting on the results. Here are the results from the Greenville, SC, conference:  Continue Reading...
Here's A Better Way To Review Surveillance Video

Here's A Better Way To Review Surveillance Video

There's a lot to see at ASIS. The physical security industry conference and expo boasted more than 700 exhibitors showing the latest and greatest surveillance and access control solutions. Having only a few days to get around the floor, the sad fact is that I’m sure I missed seeing some very cool things while there last week. However, there is something I saw that impressed me quite a bit. Let me set the stage...  Continue Reading...
GFI MAX Customer Conference 2013: Editors Notebook Day 1

GFI MAX Customer Conference 2013: Editors Notebook Day 1

Day 1 of GFI MAX’s Customer Conference is under way here at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. A quick look at the itinerary for today brought one word to mind: wow. GFI has today loaded with educational information from start (9:00am) to finish (5:45pm, which is when the pool party begins). While we’re only midway through the sessions, I stepped away to share just some of the notes I’ve taken from the event.  Continue Reading...
NCR Warns Silver Users Of iOS 7 Incompatibility

NCR Warns Silver Users Of iOS 7 Incompatibility

One of NCR's partners forwarded me the following email late last night. The gist is that, despite testing Silver, NCR's iOS-based POS software, using the dev tools Apple provided, once the actual iOS 7 update rolled it, there were differences that cause Silver to not function properly.  Continue Reading...

360-Degree Camera Product Review: The Retail IP Camera You Need On Your Line Card

If you’re a VAR in the retail and restaurant space that passed up on video surveillance because it was too expensive and/or your customers were married to antiquated analog cameras, pay attention. There’s a class of high-definition IP cameras that can provide higher resolution/better picture quality than analog cameras, can be deployed in a way that one camera replaces four to six (or even more) old cameras, and gives merchants...  Continue Reading...
360-Degree IP Camera Product Review

360-Degree IP Camera Product Review

An integrator evaluates six 360-degree IP video surveillance cameras ideal for retail applications including cameras from Axis Communications, Mobotix, GeoVision, Vivotek, ACTi, and Panasonic.  Continue Reading...
What Smart VARs Know About Video Surveillance

What Smart VARs Know About Video Surveillance

I’m excited! And, depending on your line card as a VAR/ integrator, you might be, too. For a couple years now, we’ve been writing about how IP video surveillance has reached a tipping point where the technology has improved and added capabilities which dramatically add value and ROI to an implementation. At the same time, the cost has been coming down.  Continue Reading...
A Remedy For IT Workers Who Sit All Day

A Remedy For IT Workers Who Sit All Day

I’ve been reading a lot about how unhealthy it is sitting all day. Indeed, some articles claim that sitting for long periods is as bad for you as smoking a pack of cigarettes. Yikes. Overall, I’m not a very health-conscious person, but this sitting all day thing seemed like a fairly significant health risk and something I could easily remedy. At our office, a number of employees have switched to stand up desks for one reason...  Continue Reading...
The Most Influential People In The Channel

The Most Influential People In The Channel

USA Today Sports recently published a special magazine focused on the most influential people in MMA (mixed martial arts). For those who don't know, I'm a huge fan of MMA. The sport has undergone amazing growth over the past 10 years. The UFC, the leading MMA promotion in the world, has been valued by Forbes to be worth between $1.5 and $2 billion. The company, which gained an audience first via monthly pay-per-view events, then with...  Continue Reading...
Point Of Sale For Google Android?

Point Of Sale For Google Android?

I'm always amused when personal and business interests intersect. I happened to be evaluating tablets for myself (because I'm a laggard and still don't have one) and came across an article that stated that Google's new Nexus 7 tablet might be a "boon for POS." As you might know, I've been writing about mobile POS for a while now, but thusfar the biggest name in the hardware game has been Apple.  Continue Reading...