A Blog From The Editors Of Business Solutions Magazine A Blog From The Editors Of Business Solutions Magazine

How Long Will You Be Relevant?
How Long Will You Be Relevant? This year’s Best Channel Vendors survey again afforded me the opportunity to study a lot of valuable data to glean insights from readers about their vendor partners. For the past few years, I’ve taken a deeper dive into the data in an attempt to unearth trends that might not be obvious at a cursory glance. The results this year are similar to last year’s, not so far as the specific winners and losers are concerned, but with...  Continue Reading...
It’s Time For Self-Evaluation, Improvement
It’s Time For Self-Evaluation, Improvement We’re coming up on nearly a decade since we launched our annual Executive Insight series, which appears in the magazine each December. The goal of this section is to have leading executives from the industry share their insights on the current year and recommended actions for the upcoming year concerning markets and technologies.  Continue Reading...
Lessons From The Road
Lessons From The Road As this issue reaches everyone’s mailbox in the first week of December, I’ll be wrapping up my last business trip of the year by attending Ingram Micro’s fall ONE conference in Las Vegas. Including this trip, my fall event calendar was pretty full. Between partner conferences, expos, trade shows, and Business Solutions’ own events, I hit up eight events over the past few months. While each event was different, in looking...  Continue Reading...
VARCOM 101 For ISVs
VARCOM 101 For ISVs The following is an edited transcript of Business Solutions’ Editor in Chief Mike Monocello’ s Q&A with Jason Firment, Director of Point of Sale and Director of VARCOM for BlueStar which took place at ISV IQ Live! held October 6 in Philadelphia.  Continue Reading...
BlueStar Introduces ISV Connect
BlueStar Introduces ISV Connect The following is an edited transcript of Business Solutions’ Editor in Chief Mike Monocello’ s Q&A with Jason Firment, Director of Point of Sale and Director of VARCOM for BlueStar which took place at ISV IQ Live! held October 6 in Philadelphia.  Continue Reading...
Epson ISV Conference Recap: Full Speed Ahead with OmniLink Merchant Services
Epson ISV Conference Recap: Full Speed Ahead with OmniLink Merchant Services I have to admit that after attending Epson’s inaugural ISV conference in San Diego last year, I was skeptical the company was going to be able to meet its projected deadlines — especially launching an ISV partner portal by the end of 2015 with 10 hand-selected ISVs. Sure enough, however, their OmniLink Merchant Services (OMS) announcement at the National Retail Federation (NRF) convention in mid-January removed much of that...  Continue Reading...
Top Takeaways From ISVs On Raising Capital
Top Takeaways From ISVs On Raising Capital Four ISV executives — Granbury Solutions’ CEO Tom Bronson; Tony Glowacki, CEO of Gusto; Jon Halpern, Co-Founder and CEO of AthleteTrax; and Software Logic Founder and CEO Luis Reyes — took part in How To Build A Successful Reseller Program, a panel held as part of the Business Solutions ISV IQ Live! conference October 6 in Philadelphia. The four discussed different avenues available for raising capital and how to successfully...  Continue Reading...
Have You Missed The Cloud Opportunity?
Have You Missed The Cloud Opportunity? When it comes to cloud computing, many VARs and MSPs (managed services providers) I talk to have an almost passive approach. They understand the benefits of the cloud. They and their customers have some applications in the cloud. But they certainly haven’t made the cloud a part of their business plan or core offering.  Continue Reading...
Place A Spotlight On Security
Place A Spotlight On Security Within the past 12 months, we’ve written a fair number of articles on the topic of security. It’s likely that your customers have need of some, or multiple forms of, protection. Whether we’re talking about payment processing security (securing the credit card transactions that happen at your customer’s sites), network security (firewalls, policies, and intrusion detection are just a few), or endpoint security (malware...  Continue Reading...
Rapidly Shifting Channel On Display At VARTECH 2016
Rapidly Shifting Channel On Display At VARTECH 2016 It’s easy to focus on the fun aspects of VARTECH 2016, BlueStar’s annual conference for its partners, held Sept. 12-13 at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. For example, I bet that just now the word in the previous sentence that jumped out to you was either “Bahamas” or “Resort,” right?  Continue Reading...

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