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

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...
Retail Channel Wake-Up Call

Retail Channel Wake-Up Call

By the time you read this, RSPA (Retail Solutions Providers Association) RetailNOW 2013 will be a couple months past, but odds are that the challenges talked about at the event and facing the retail IT channel will still be present. Indeed, a few things either became apparent or were confirmed during RetailNOW.  Continue Reading...
RSPA Membership Honors Business Solutions Magazine With Gold Award For 4th Consecutive Year

RSPA Membership Honors Business Solutions Magazine With Gold Award For 4th Consecutive Year

Publication named top magazine in the retail channel by VARs, dealers, and software developers.  Continue Reading...
RSPA RetailNOW 2013 Recap

RSPA RetailNOW 2013 Recap

There are always a handful of surprises that come out of RetailNOW and this year was no different.  Continue Reading...
You Become What You Look For In Life

You Become What You Look For In Life

At last week's RSPA RetailNOW 2013, the keynote speaker, Roy Spence, talked about the need and importance of purpose in what one does. His closing remarks, while not overly original, were impactful in the way he strung them together, and most importantly, quite relevant in both personal and professional life.  Continue Reading...