Featured Articles

  1. iPhone7, Apple Watch Unveiled

    Will changes ignite sales for Apple? By Christine Kern, contributing writer

  2. ASCII Cup Secrets — And More — Revealed

    The ASCII Group, founded in 1984, is the oldest and largest group of independent information technology solution providers, integrators, managed service providers (MSPs), and value added resellers (VARs). Started by Alan Weinberger, ASCII originally consisted of 40 independent software retailers that decided to join together as a buying group and pay monthly fees to support their organization, in turn supporting each other and their programs for mutual benefit.

  3. Future Of Open Access Educational Materials Is Ripe With Opportunity

    Study shows open educational resources in higher ed could triple over the next five years. By Christine Kern, contributing writer

  4. Inside VARTECH: Day 1 -- IoT Isn’t Just Hype, It’s A Real Money Maker

    BlueStar’s VARTECH 2016 kicked off today in Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas. A variety of BlueStar’s team are on hand to provide great insight into the goings on within the industry and at the distributor. One trend that gets a lot of headlines is IoT (Internet of Things). I had a chance to speak with Duane Roebuck, IoT & WLAN business development manager for BlueStar about IoT. Specifically, what’s hype and what VARs and integrators should be keeping their eyes on.

  5. Inside VARTECH: Day 2 – It’s All Upside With BlueStar’s Technical Services

    Today is the second day of VARTECH 2016 in Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak with BlueStar leaders about POS, payment processing, IoT, and healthcare. Today, I was able to speak with Dan Brewer, technical services manager at Bluestar. Brewer’s message is simple: VARs should be leveraging BlueStar’s many services to extend their capabilities, improve their profitability, and win more business.

  6. Global Risks Report Has An Eye On Rising Cyber Attacks

    Threats can be mitigated through proactive actions. By Christine Kern, contributing writer

  7. Inside VARTECH: Day 1 -- Healthcare’s Biggest Opportunity & Threat

    BlueStar’s VARTECH 2016 kicked off today in Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas. I had the opportunity to speak with Rick Bird, healthcare vertical manager for BlueStar, who shared details on what the company sees as the biggest opportunity (and threat) to the VAR/integrator channel — unified communications.

  8. Inside VARTECH: Day 1 -- POS & Payments Updates

    VARTECH 2016 kicked off today in Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas (yes, you read the correctly). However, before you think that this event is nothing more than an excuse to sit by a pool and drink fruity cocktails, you should know that there’s serious business going on here. Apart from the top-notch education, numerous breakout sessions, and impressive show floor named CodeZone, BlueStar has brought most of its key staff along to interact with its VAR and ISV partners. I had an opportunity to sit with a handful of departmental leaders to get a first-hand account of the trends BlueStar is seeing, as well as how the value-added distributor is dealing with those trends.

  9. Whitepaper Stresses Breach Cost Of Lost Or Stolen Healthcare Devices

    DDS leader, Absolute releases whitepaper on the cost of healthcare data breach settlements involving lost or stolen devices. By Megan Williams, contributing writer

  10. What Is Video Analytics And What Does It Mean For Your Business?

    Video analytics is no longer a niche technology available only to the largest companies with the biggest budgets. It has become a valuable tool that makes nearly any business a more versatile and effective organization. This can be seen in the number of industries showing renewed interest in all video analytics has to offer.