POS Executive Commentary

  1. ISVs And VARs: Challenges And Solutions When Certifying POS Solutions For EMV
    3/16/2015

    As Business Solutions editor-in-chief Mike Monocello noted in February’s “Why Now is the Right Time to Sell EMV,” value-added resellers (VARs) and independent software vendors (ISVs) should be enthusiastically offering Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) solutions to their customers.

  2. 5 Reasons Why Rebranding Is Necessary
    3/9/2015

    In every company there comes the day when the shiny luster has worn off its branding and a company starts to wonder if the brand is doing more harm than good. Even industry giants rethink their brand: Pepsi has rebranded 11 times, Apple has done it three, and Starbucks, four.

  3. Keys To Managing Customer Relationships
    3/6/2015

    The keys to managing customer relationships are the same as managing any personal relationship. It boils down to listening, being a good partner, having good rapport, building trust, being transparent, having integrity, and being there when someone needs you. A good customer-IT solutions provider relationship is like a successful marriage.

  4. 5 Reasons Your IT Clients Should Adopt A Business Rules Management System
    3/4/2015

    Today’s enterprise is working harder than ever for increased effectiveness and agility in business operations. The management of business decisions is a critical means to achieving these goals, and operations and IT teams should be able to quickly modify the business rules that affect decisions.

  5. Selling To The Millennial Customer
    2/27/2015

    Many of us have owned our businesses for numerous years and come from the Boomer Generation. Boomers are frugal for the most part, and were raised with dial telephones, three-channel television, and in a single-income family.  We saved our leftovers, ate everything on our plates, and the stores were closed on Sundays. We grew up with a mindset of budgets, and when we got out of college it was the ‘70s. We listened to vinyl records, FM radio, and drove an American-made car.

  6. Solutions Providers: Whatever You Do, Don’t Do This
    2/27/2015

    The “this” that I’m talking about is the practice that I’ve seen MSPs (managed services providers) and IT consultants repeat many times.  Tragically, each repetition costs the MSP and/or IT consultant a ton of cash.  The behavior that I’m talking about is the result of success that the MSP has had. Ironically, the more successful small MSPs are, the more rapidly they want to grow, hire more engineers, and enjoy more recurring revenue.

  7. Ask Coach: Making Your Team Part of Strategic Planning, Part 3
    2/26/2015

    This is the third part of a three-part series. This installment deals with documenting your plan and driving communication through your team.

  8. Ask Coach: Making Your Team Part of Strategic Planning, Part 2
    2/24/2015

    Q: How do you invite your team to be part of strategic planning? Coach: Instead of “invite,” “engage.”

  9. Strategic IT Sales: Creating A Vision And Getting Buy-In
    2/24/2015

    Strategic sales is the process of taking your top few accounts and looking at them differently than you do your other clients. With these accounts, you want to jointly create a vision and a roadmap for the next three to five years. This includes not only what you can provide for them but also some of their other partners including their telecom and physical plant providers. Broaden your vision.

  10. It’s Time To Rebrand Your Sales Team
    2/19/2015

    Recently a co-worker of mine forwarded a WSJ article addressing why it’s so hard to fill high paying tech sales positions. The article came as no surprise to me, as the sales positions I have been trying to fill the last couple of years have presented challenges. It’s hard to fathom why, in this economy, folks aren’t jumping at the chance to earn $75K+, right? 

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