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Why Jeff Yelton Returned To The Channel

Why Jeff Yelton Returned To The Channel

For nearly three years, Jeff Yelton has been out of the POS & data collection industry. Once president of ScanSource’s POS & Barcoding division, Yelton left ScanSource in January of 2012 and has spent the time since as the president of Wired Fox Technologies. About a month ago, Yelton returned to the distribution side of the channel when he joined Ingram Micro as Executive Director and General Manager of the distributor’s...  Continue Reading...
Alaska-Based Skurla's POS Solutions To Be Featured In Business Solutions

Alaska-Based Skurla's POS Solutions To Be Featured In Business Solutions

Solutions-as-a-Service. Mobility. Payment security. Video surveillance. Hosted backup. Ownership Thinking. An upcoming article on Lynn Skurla of Skurla’s POS Solutions out of Anchorage, AK illustrates how being a forward-thinking VAR can lead to great things.  Continue Reading...
Rogue Apps: From Customer Headache To Recurring Revenue Boon

Rogue Apps: From Customer Headache To Recurring Revenue Boon

I remember the days when IT admins so tightly locked down PC permissions that users couldn't change a printer setting, let alone install their own choice of applications. Of course, just 10 years ago, there weren't a whole lot of small specialized apps and there certainly weren't all the cloud apps we have today. Employees don't think they need permission to work smarter by installing apps like Dropbox on their computer. While...  Continue Reading...
3 Tips For Beating Cloud Pricing Paralysis

3 Tips For Beating Cloud Pricing Paralysis

You put a lot of thought, research, and training into selecting your latest cloud service and you know that coming up with an attractive price is very important. But, don’t fall into the trap of analysis paralysis, warns Jason Etheridge, president and CEO of Logic Speak, an MSP that’s projecting 25% revenue growth this year, following last year’s 15% revenue growth over 2012. Etheridge offers the following three tips to...  Continue Reading...
Avoid Managed Services Shortcuts, Maximize Efficiency & Profits

Avoid Managed Services Shortcuts, Maximize Efficiency & Profits

I’ve written in the past about the need to be running efficiently to be most effective with the as-a-Service model. During a recent conversation at CompTia ChannelCon, I was reminded how important it is to not just use the right software in your managed services practice, but to have it properly configured.  Continue Reading...
First Thoughts On RSPA RetailNOW 2014

First Thoughts On RSPA RetailNOW 2014

RetailNOW 2014 officially kicked off today. Despite the retail and hospitality IT channel's most important conference just getting started, a lot has already happened.  Continue Reading...
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...
3 Proven Methods For Selling Subscription-Based Services

3 Proven Methods For Selling Subscription-Based Services

When it comes to selling subscription-based IT and professional services, there are multiple approaches used by service providers. Here’s a quick summary of three popular approaches, followed by some thoughts from a successful MSP that helps put these options into perspective and offers a smart way to keep managed services clients from reverting back to their former break-fix statuses.  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...
Good News For RetailNOW Registrants: Bouwer Is Back

Good News For RetailNOW Registrants: Bouwer Is Back

Tom Bouwer will be appearing on Wed., Aug. 6, at RSPA's RetailNOW 2014 in Orlando, FL. Bouwer will be conducting his exclusive workshop titled, “Get A Grip On Your Business: Are you running your business, or is your business running you?” This session is designed for business owners and is based on the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS).  Continue Reading...

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