General Computing Executive Commentary

  1. Telecom Channel Growth Remains Strong Amidst Industry Changes

    Nearly 20 years ago, the Telecommunications Act of 1996 spawned an industry of competition and innovation that has enabled the creation of an incredible array of communications services for businesses and other customers. The act was clear in its requirement of incumbent providers to provide open access to the existing network infrastructure to spur market competition. At the time, most of those networks were traditional copper-based networks.

  2. VARs: Are You Ready To Take Up The Mobile POS Security Challenge?

    Cyber Awareness month just came to a close and it raised awareness about the need to secure one of the most challenging environments — mobile point of-sale (mPOS) systems.

  3. What Cloud Resellers Need To Know About Security Vulnerabilities

    New research has shown just how easy it is for hackers to get their hands on cloud data. So-called “man-in-the-cloud” attacks can steal cloud-based files without a password in a way that’s nearly undetectable, while infecting systems with malware. That means no matter what public cloud system your customers use — whether Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, or OneDrive — all files and valuable data stored on these systems are vulnerable to security breaches.

  4. Why Solutions Providers Need An IoT Strategy Now

    System integrators know that often the most vexing issue in managing a network is the considerable time spent on identifying the root cause of a network disruption by finding, organizing, and making sense of the glut of diagnostic log data they are receiving. Internet of Things (IoT) analytics effectively addresses this challenge and many others.

  5. The Top 5 Video Surveillance Trends For 2016

    As video surveillance becomes increasingly evolved, end user organizations are leveraging technology to address issues in numerous vertical markets where security is essential to success. The security industry is seeing trends in the increased used of omnidirectional cameras, video analytics, video resolution, and cloud-based surveillance, making the future of video surveillance virtually endless in possibilities.

  6. 3 Trends For 2016: How To Equip Your Field Service IT Clients For The Future

    For businesses deploying workers in the field — regardless of their size — operational process disruptions and disconnects that negatively impact revenue, costs, and customer satisfaction remain key targets for increasing efficiency and productivity through new technologies.

  7. 4 Essentials For MSPs To Deliver True DR-As-A-Service

    The fear of how an unexpected event may impact employee productivity, customer responsiveness, and revenue generation has many enterprises — small and large — looking for simple, cost effective solutions to protect their data in the event of a disaster. In any industry where downtime means the loss of money, disaster recovery (DR) is a critical need.

  8. Microsoft’s EOL Plans And New OS Spell Big Opportunity For Channel Partners

    Microsoft pulled the plug on Windows Server 2003 support in July, which means the vendor is no longer issuing updates and patches for the product. Several weeks back they started the “free upgrade” to Windows 10. From a solutions provider perspective, these moves help create a host of migration and upgrade opportunities for the channel.

  9. Automatic Updates: Set It And Forget It … I Don’t Think So

    It’s true that vendors have built automatic updating capabilities into their systems. As a result, many organizations have used a combination of Group Policy Objects, free Windows Update Services,  and adjusting the corporate image of some products to do automatic updates. Sadly, these organizations are under the mistaken impression that they are managing their IT.

  10. Compliance-as-a-Service Can Drive Vertical Market Opportunities

    How well does your IT firm support legal firms, banks, retailers and other customers? Not just their computers, networks, and the applications that manage their information and allow them to run their daily operations — but everything they need to meet local, state, and federal regulations as well as industry guidelines. That’s the ultimate recipe for channel success.