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  1. How To Sell Your Merchant IT Clients On “Out-Of Scope” Solutions

    Your merchant clients who look to you as their trusted IT advisor expect you to provide the solution that best fits their needs.

  2. Payment Security 101: Where To Start To Keep Your Merchant IT Clients Safe

    Retail data breaches have made the headlines, and your merchant IT clients are more and more aware of the threat cybercriminals pose to their businesses. In this exclusive interview, Business Solutions asks Karen Cox, VP of payments and retail solutions for Moneris Solutions to share the basics of helping your merchant IT clients — especially tier 2 and 3 merchants — maintain security, to offer examples of technology solutions that can help keep payment card data more secure, and to explain the VAR’s role in helping clients maintain PCI DSS compliance.  

  3. Autotask Study: MSPs Focus On RMM, Endpoint Management

    Managed services providers (MSPs) are focusing on managing endpoints and remote monitoring and management (RMM) for managed cloud-based solutions. This is confirmed by Autotask’s Global Managed Services Market Study.Ian van Reenen, GM of RMM product engineering for Autotask says his company embarked on the survey, which polled 1,800 MSPs, to help them understand their changing market — evolving through the shift to cloud technologies, a number of acquisitions and consolidations, and increasing expectations from customers.

  4. How Do Your Managed Services Performance Metrics Stand Up To Comparison?

    In an infographic, the Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA) presents benchmarking data from a number of managed services providers in order to establish an industry standard. By Christine Kern, contributing writer


  5. Study Reveals Consumer Support Of (But Wariness Around) Health Data Sharing

    Healthcare delivery systems centered on technology and information sharing (ACO’s, learning health systems, HIEs, etc.) have given rise to an entirely new suite of questions when it comes to data and patient comfort. The Journal Of The American Medical Informatics Association recently released results of a study focused on examining “consumer views on privacy, security, and consent in electronic data sharing for healthcare and research together.”

  6. How Semi-Integrated Solutions Can Help Your Merchant IT Clients — And You — With EMV Migration

    The U.S. is in the process of the migration to EMV. There is less than five months until the October 1 liability shift — when liability for fraudulent payment card transactions shifts to the party with the least EMV-compliant technology. Some of your merchant IT clients or prospects, particularly SMB merchants, could be at the very beginning of the process to adopt EMV technology.

  7. Channel Transitions: Why You Should Adopt Managed Services, Where You Can Find Help

    In a webinar, now available on demand, Business Solutions provides a preview of the educational content planned for its Channel Transitions VAR/MSP Executive Conferences, June 4 in Newark, September 24 in Chicago, and November 5 in Orlando. The conferences continue Business Solutions magazine’s commitment to educating IT solutions providers on the as-a-Service business model.

  8. Data Privacy Is A Growing Concern Among IT Pros

    A study released by Dimensional Research has found data privacy is now a chief concern from the majority of IT professionals. “The State of Data Privacy in 2015” examines the increased significance of data privacy, IT challenges of managing privacy of sensitive data, and the impact of cloud technologies.

  9. Punkey Malware Takes Threats To New Level

    POS systems are at risk — again — now from “Punkey” malware. This comes with little surprise, considering the many attacks on POS systems within the last year.

  10. US-Cert Alert Warns Of Risks After Windows Server 2003 EOS

    US-Cert, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team has issued an alert warning Microsoft Windows Server 2003 users of the end of support for the OS on July 14, 2015. For users that do not upgrade, this means high risk.

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