POS Executive Commentary
5 Elements Of A Partner Program That Will Help You Achieve Your Goals
Selecting the right partners is critical as resellers look to strengthen and grow their businesses. And while you may find that all partner programs have some similar elements, you’ll also quickly learn that each program is very different.
Five Things an MSP Needs To Know About Nonprofits
The 1.5 million registered nonprofits in the US can be a rewarding vertical for MSPs to explore in their market. With some research and planning, nonprofits can be a satisfying and profitable addition to your client roster. Working with nonprofits devoted to solving today’s substantial issues can engage the hearts of your employees, boost your reputation with current clients and elevate your standing within your community.
4 Ways Windows XP Support End Of Life Means Opportunity For VARs
After 12 long years, Microsoft has pulled the plug on Windows XP, and it is huge news in the payment industry. When more than 30 percent of POS systems and 95 percent of ATM machines still run on Windows XP, the discovery of a new security flaw in the system will be disastrous for merchants and banks alike. And since new cyberattacks are reported almost monthly now, it is only a matter of time. It isn’t that Microsoft has forsaken the payments industry. In fact, their reallocation of efforts towards developing better software is in everyone’s best interest, as cyber criminals get increasingly craftier. Nevertheless, Microsoft’s decision and its effects are indicative of a real need within the payments industry: the move to better, safer technology. Luckily for all, innovation in payment tech is alive and well, but it can only go so far without adoption. This is where VARs come in.
The Top 3 Things To Look For In A Partner Program
IT distribution isn’t just about products anymore — there’s an increasing focus on leading with services and solutions to drive results. Distributors are going beyond their name and becoming trusted advisors to resellers.As part of this evolution, it’s more important than ever to develop strong relationships in the channel and engage in events that provide collaboration, networking, and education. Every recipe for success looks different, but here are a few things to consider when looking for a partner program.
What IT Channel Executives Can Learn From Legendary Basketball Coach John Wooden
The legendary John Wooden, arguably the greatest basketball coach of all time, once said, “Never confuse activity with accomplishment.” Whether you’re a vendor or a reseller, that statement resonates — because one of the most difficult aspects of managing a start-up is dealing with the excitement level of the new venture and reining in the tendency to believe that activity for activity’s sake is critical at all times.
Lessons Learned From The Latest Data Breaches
The recent highly publicized data breaches at prominent retailers, smack in the midst of the holiday shopping season, teaches the lesson that building a cyber moat around the enterprise is not enough. The data itself needs to be secured, adding a potent layer of security that will defeat most attempts to monetize stolen data.
Nobody Wants To Be Your Guinea Pig
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How VARs Can Help Restaurants Meet Changing Consumer Demand
Consumers are beginning to expect restaurants to integrate technology that improves their ordering and dining experience. This expectation has led restaurants to actively seek out technology solutions that can improve the customer experience while also improving their business operations.
10 Ways Mobile POS Impacts Restaurant Revenue and Customer Experience
Restaurants have led the way in adopting mobile tablet-based point of sale (POS) systems. Twenty eight percent of restaurants have gone mobile, and of those that have not made the switch, nearly 70 percent are making mobile their top priority. Restaurant owners understand mobile POS systems have tangible impacts on restaurant revenue and intangible, positive impacts on the customer experience. When owners are intimately familiar with restaurant profit margins being in the 3 to 4 percent — and the intangibles are what make or break a restaurant — it's no surprise experienced restaurateurs have a keen sense for anything that can positively impact revenue and customer experience. A mobile POS delivers both.
Four Leadership Lessons I’ve Learned From Baseball’s Joe Maddon
If you follow Major League Baseball, chances are you’re familiar with Tampa Bay Rays Manager Joe Maddon and his unorthodox approach to managing the game … not to mention his team. Joe’s famous (or infamous, depending on where you’re standing) for mixing things up, taking players out of their standard positions and testing their skills in new ways.