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  1. Lively Media Panel Opens VARTECH 2014
    9/18/2014

    Value-added distributor BlueStar turned the tables on members of the channel media at its VARTECH conference in New Orleans Thursday. The day one general session opened with BlueStar Global Marketing Manager Dean Reverman asking publishing executives and editors questions about trends and best practices for solutions providers and IT vendors.

  2. Paper Lists Top 10 Business Intelligence Trends
    9/18/2014

    A recent Tableau Software white paper, titled “Top 10 Trends in Business Intelligence for 2014,” assesses the effects of these trends on how companies handle their information.

  3. Retail, Grocery, And Hospitality IT News For VARs — September 18, 2014
    9/18/2014

    In the news, Apple Pay is ready — but the majority of merchants aren’t ready to accept the near-field technology payment solution — and shipping services are gearing up for a late holiday season rush. Surveys shows an increase in retail loss from cash theft and a most Americans are dissatisfied with loyalty programs. Also, Boston-area businesses are testing fuel pumps transformed into “transaction stations.”

  4. Why Agility Equates To Longevity In Managed Services
    9/18/2014

    Earlier this month I attended the GFI MAX Customer Conference in Orlando. I continue to be amazed at the great nonpromotional educational content that’s shared at MSP events in general. This event was no exception. Indeed, during the keynote on day one, Dave Sobel, director of partner community for GFI, took the stage to talk about the value of MSPs and how they can be successful long term through stability and agility.

  5. Global Online Purchase Intentions Have Doubled Since 2011
    9/17/2014

    A Nielsen report states online purchase intentions around the world have doubled since 2011 for many durable and entertainment-related categories. Nearly half of global respondents intend to make an online purchase in the next six months in high-prominence categories including clothing (46 percent), and airline (48 percent) and hotel (44 percent) reservations.

  6. EMV: Challenges And Opportunities For VARs
    9/17/2014

    It’s no surprise the “View From The Top: Leadership Panel” at this year’s Retail Solutions Providers Association’s RetailNOW included a discussion of EMV.

  7. IoT: Wearable Technology Is Becoming A Must-Have For Manufacturing
    9/17/2014

    Wearables are not new. Google Glass has been used in plant asset maintenance for a couple of years now. Tools like Innovega or MicroOptical have also been used by early adopters to display service instructions and illustrated parts breakdowns (IPBs) to service technicians for more than a decade. These heads-up display technologies (HUDs) allow technicians to readily access repair information in the field while servicing equipment, shortening downtime, and increasing the effectiveness of repair activities.

  8. Physician Shortage Addressed By Online Tool
    9/17/2014

    The University Of North Carolina’s Center for Health Services Research has taken on the problem of physician supply and shortages, and has come up with an answer in the form of an online tool.

  9. Government IT News For VARs — September 17, 2014
    9/17/2014

    In news this week, the U.S. Defense Department (DoD) institutes a three-part cloud strategy, one senator warns agencies may already have been hacked, and Internet Slow Down Day proved to be a thorn in lawmakers’ sides. Social media is also proving to be a valuable resource for agencies.

  10. Education IT News For VARs — September 17, 2014
    9/17/2014

    In news this week, Education Dive presents some lessons learned from MOOCs. The Oculus founder makes a large donation to fund computer science at University of Maryland, while colleges gain free access to Epic Games’ Graphics Engine. And an enlightening infographic looks at how technology has changed higher education.

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