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What I Learned At The Smart VAR Healthcare Summit

What I Learned At The Smart VAR Healthcare Summit

Last week, ScanSource and Business Solutions jointly held our first Smart VAR Healthcare summit in New Brunswick, NJ. The event was designed to give POS & Badcoding VARs "inside information on the channel's fastest growing vertical from healthcare end users."  While I've written a number of healthcare-related stories during my time at BSM, I learned a lot in planning for this event and from the...  Continue Reading...
Reactions To The Vantiv-Mercury Deal

Reactions To The Vantiv-Mercury Deal

In the wake of yesterday’s big payments/POS news, I sought reactions from a handful of retail IT VARs, ISVs, and vendors -- including Vantiv and Mercury. I don't want this article to imply that this deal is good or bad for the channel. The reality is that it's too soon to know for sure and details still need to shake out. That said, the following reactions are real and valid at this point in time.  “I think it can...  Continue Reading...
Thoughts On The Vantiv-Mercury Deal

Thoughts On The Vantiv-Mercury Deal

The Vantiv investor call on the topic of the Mercury acquisition just ended and I'm staring at a page full of notes. Before I head home for the day, I thought I'd share some of them, as well as my thoughts. On the call was Charles Drucker, President and CEO of Vantiv; Matt Taylor, CEO of Mercury; and Mark Heimbouch, CFO of Vantiv. Lots of talk about Mercury's technology and partner base, but nothing...  Continue Reading...
The #1 Reason Your Managed Services Transition Is Faltering

The #1 Reason Your Managed Services Transition Is Faltering

If you really dig into the challenges that IT service providers face as they transition to managed services, hiring the right salespeople is always near or at the top of the list. Gartner VP and distinguished analyst Tiffani Bova has said that only one-third of a VAR’s existing sales force will be able to make the transition. Those who have made the transition can attest, if you’re going to sell managed services...  Continue Reading...
Motorola Solutions Comments On Zebra Acquisition

Motorola Solutions Comments On Zebra Acquisition

Earlier today, we reported on the big news of Zebra acquiring the Enterprise piece of Motorola Solutions for a cool $3.45 billion. I followed up shortly thereafter with responses from a handful of Motorola/Zebra partners. Now, I’ve got a response from Motorola Solutions’ Chris Lonnett, vice president, Global Channels & Sales Operations.  Continue Reading...
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...

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