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  1. Restaurant And Hospitality IT News For VARs — August 12, 2014
    8/12/2014

    In news this week, wearable technology has great potential for the restaurant industry.  In hotel news, the focus is on content management, dynamic rate marketing, and migrating hotel systems to the cloud. 

  2. Backoff Malware Targets POS Systems
    8/12/2014

    A U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report details the introduction of a new malware campaign designed to steal consumers’ information through point of sale (POS) terminals nationwide. Initial cyberattacks occurred in the months leading up to the much-publicized data breach at Target stores nationwide during the 2013 holiday season. According to reports, at least 600 retailers nationwide have suffered the effects of Backoff.

  3. Avoid Managed Services Shortcuts, Maximize Efficiency & Profits
    8/12/2014

    I’ve written in the past about the need to be running efficiently to be most effective with the as-a-Service model. During a recent conversation at CompTia ChannelCon, I was reminded how important it is to not just use the right software in your managed services practice, but to have it properly configured.

  4. Common Mistakes Made In The Retail Vertical
    8/12/2014

    When providing IT solutions in the retail field, VARs can sometimes focus on technology and not people. Along with the views they shared for our Partner Program Insider, the following industry leaders gave their opinions on the common mistakes solutions providers make when selling to customers in the retail vertical.

  5. Manufacturing And Warehousing IT News For VARs — August 11, 2014
    8/11/2014

    In the news, wireless control technology enables scientific devices to transmit data, much like smartphones or tablets. Also, a white paper tells how the Internet of Things (IoT) can contribute to universally accessible data — key for Big Data programs.

  6. eBook Addresses Securing Servers With Third-Party Access
    8/11/2014

    An organization’s servers hold vital and sensitive information, yet they are continually exposed to internal privileged users and external third-party contractors who require access to provide crucial business functions. The role these third-party contractors and their employees play is essential, especially in modern corporate life, but they do expose organizations to security threats — once these users have gained access to the servers, most IT security managers have no idea what they are up to. In fact, according to reports from Verizon and Trustwave, nearly 90 percent of data breaches are accomplished via remote access to a company’s systems, but only 1 percent of data breaches are discovered by the victimized organization’s log analysis and/or review process.

  7. Why Your Limited-Service Restaurant Customers Need Online Ordering
    8/11/2014

    A new Technomic study reveals that in order to remain competitive, limited-service restaurants must evolve to meet the varied needs of customers. One area where limited-service restaurants can adapt to the market is online ordering and/or delivery. Consumers indicate that convenient delivery or ordering services, such as call-ahead or online ordering, could encourage them to patronize limited-service restaurants more often. 

  8. How Beacon Technology Advances Unified Commerce
    8/11/2014

    In today’s competitive market, retailers are focusing on implementing unified commerce, “the evolution of both multi-channel and omni-channel retailing that provides a seamless experience in the store, on the Web or anywhere customers choose to shop,” according to a blog post by Ken Morris of Boston Retail Partners.

  9. Federal Wiretappers Can’t Keep Up With New Chat Apps
    8/11/2014

    Federal law enforcement and intelligence authorities are finding it increasingly difficult to conduct court-ordered wiretaps on suspects because of a surge in chat services, instant messaging and other online communications that lack the technical means to be intercepted, according to The Washington Post.

  10. Technology In Art Education Is Opportunity For VARs
    8/11/2014

    Technology can be applied to artistic pursuits — Photoshop, music recording, video editing — and Tech Page One reports that technology is pushing art education forward via the “cyber arts.”

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