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What Does The Zebra-Motorola Solutions Deal Mean To The Channel?

What Does The Zebra-Motorola Solutions Deal Mean To The Channel?

This morning, Motorola Solutions and Zebra dropped some big news. The gist is that Zebra is paying $3.45 billion to acquire Motorola Solutions’ enterprise mobility business. Zebra becomes an end-to-end mobility solutions provider. Motorola focuses on its government radio business. Unlike previous acquisition news in this industry, this deal brings together two companies that complement one another rather than simply gobble up a...  Continue Reading...
Why Small Business Security Is Such A Big Deal

Why Small Business Security Is Such A Big Deal

When small business owners read headlines about security breaches at Target and other multi-billion dollar companies, it can lead to the false notion that cybercriminals really aren’t interested in going after the “small potatoes” of the world. There’s mounting evidence, however, that suggests this mindset is not only prevalent — it’s harmful.  Continue Reading...
Motorola Solutions Emphasizing Android OS In 2014

Motorola Solutions Emphasizing Android OS In 2014

Last week I attended Motorola’s annual Partner Expo in Las Vegas. Over the three days at the event, I learned a lot about Motorola’s initiatives for 2014. One thing I found particularly interesting was Moto’s plans concerning mobile device operating systems (OS). In the past, Motorola devices have run various versions of Microsoft’s operating systems. As we all know, in recent years the mobile world has been overrun...  Continue Reading...
Motorola Solutions' Brown Admits Company's Shortcomings, Promises Improvement

Motorola Solutions' Brown Admits Company's Shortcomings, Promises Improvement

Greg Brown, chairman and CEO, of Motorola Solutions ($MSI) took the stage today to deliver a heart-felt speech to the 3,000 attendees of the Motorola Channel Partner Expo 2014 in Las Vegas. I found his candor to be particularly refreshing. All too often, CEOs get on stage and string together a variety of hollow platitudes intended to make everyone in the room feel warm and fuzzy. Brown took a more humble approach and focused on what...  Continue Reading...
Where's The Love For EMV?

Where's The Love For EMV?

There's something that's been bugging me for a couple years now and I can't figure out what's going on. Resellers and retailers don't seem to care about PCI and EMV. Editorial pieces we produce on the topics don't get much traction on our site and in our newsletters. The headlines are compelling. The content is actionable and relevant (breaches are huge news). Yet, there's little interest.  Continue Reading...
XP End Of Life A Boon To MSPs, Retail IT VARs

XP End Of Life A Boon To MSPs, Retail IT VARs

If you don't know, Microsoft's support for Windows XP ends on April 8. In the general IT space this is a big deal and significant opportunity to upgrade customers to the latest OS. In particular, XPs end of life (EOL) is a great opportunity for MSPs (managed services providers) to standardize customer's PCs to make support easier. Managing a hodge-podge of systems makes remote management and monitoring a little tricky and getting...  Continue Reading...
Big Moves At RSPA

Big Moves At RSPA

Pretty big news in the retail IT world today. I awoke to a press release stating that the RSPA has hired its new CEO and president, Ms. Kelly Funk. While Funk is not from the retail industry, she has association experience with the Alzheimer’s Association and has held positions with Genworth and GE Financial. Additionally, she also holds a Masters degree in Leadership from Georgetown University.   Continue Reading...
Top Challenges Facing The Retail IT Channel

Top Challenges Facing The Retail IT Channel

Resellers are always interested in what one another are doing. That’s one of the reasons our feature articles and case studies are so popular. It’s also a reason why the networking portion of industry events is found to be so valuable. At RSPA INSPIRE earlier this year, attendees broke up into groups to share information on challenges and changes facing the market. I was glancing through my notes from that session and thought the...  Continue Reading...
3 Tips To Successfully Sell Hybrid Storage

3 Tips To Successfully Sell Hybrid Storage

We just sent our upcoming April issue to the printer and I’m really excited about it due to what I think is an exceptional batch of articles. One of the articles, “A ‘No BS’ Approach To Growing Recurring Revenue Sales,” is chock full of detail around MSP Anchor Network Solutions’ four-step business strategy, which is based on KPIs (key performance indicators), and is resulting in 55-percent-plus...  Continue Reading...
Here's A New Resource For Healthcare VARs (and Wannabees)

Here's A New Resource For Healthcare VARs (and Wannabees)

The healthcare vertical. If you’re not selling into this space, you wish you were. If you do sell into the vertical, you want to sell more. I’m very excited to announce that, in addition to our Channel Transitions events this year, Business Solutions has partnered with value-added distributor ScanSource to produce two Smart VAR Healthcare Summits. The goal is to provide inside information on the channel’s...  Continue Reading...

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