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  1. Retail - Where We’re Trending In 2014 And Beyond
    9/17/2014

    Now that the second half of 2014 is upon us, a number of retail trends have been established. Are you familiar with any of them? Whether your business is primarily conducted in your brick-and-mortar store or through an e-commerce site - or both, it's always important as an owner or manager to keep abreast of the most pressing trends. Some will merely be flashes in the pan, of course, but several are already exhibiting major staying power. While you don't necessarily need to jump on the bandwagon of each one, chances are that virtually all of them will provide significant benefits for your company.

  2. Host Card Emulation: Why Does It Matter?
    9/17/2014

    An explanation of host card emulation (HCE) first requires a brief overview of near-field communications. Near-field communications, or NFC, requires a mobile device to have the necessary hardware installed, which could be in the form of a SIM card or NFC chipset installed directly in the device. This hardware element is responsible for performing certain security tasks, such as authentication and communication to a reader. NFC requires cooperation from and collaboration with carriers, and the hardware must be compatible with the payment system selected by the carrier.

  3. What Merchants Need To Know About NFC Technology
    9/17/2014

    What is Near Field Communication (NFC)? What does it have to do with payments?

  4. Flash Storage: Where The Opportunity Lies For The Channel
    9/16/2014

    Storage technology — and the way it will need to be sold in the future — is changing. Adoption of flash storage is growing apace as enterprises are increasingly attracted to the benefits it offers over traditional hardware. Indeed, IDC predicts that the global market for flash storage will continue its growth to $4.5 billion in 2015. However this new era, rather than being seen as a threat to traditional revenue streams for resellers of traditional storage hardware, in fact presents a whole new level of opportunity for the savvy reseller.

  5. The Internet Of Things: Why The Future Is In Your Pocket
    9/16/2014

    The Internet has developed significantly since it first came onto the scene thirty years ago. At its start, surfing was nonexistent and Internet/processor speeds were atrocious. Now, fast forward to today, the Internet isn’t even recognizable. Websites are more interactive than ever, advanced analytics can track website users, and almost every person has access to some basic level of Internet connection.

  6. Channel Sales Vendor/Partner Relationships: What Vendors Want (Part 4)
    9/16/2014

    It’s not love at first sight. It is all about the relationship between the vendor and the partner if a channel sales partnership is to be successful. A better understanding of what a vendor expects from a partner helps the solution provider make well informed and prudent business decisions that have a positive and profitable impact on their organization.

  7. Systems Integrator’s Choice Of Cloud Backup Solution Leads To Growing Recurring Revenue Stream
    9/15/2014

    As a soup-to-nuts provider of IT support and managed services, DataServ Corp. caters to the needs of small to mid-sized companies from two to 100 employees in the Midwest market. DataServ functions as systems integrator, a full-time contract IT department, as well as a provider of managed services, depending on the client.

  8. Systems Integrator Designs User-Friendly Smart Printing Solution
    9/15/2014

    Barcoding, Inc.’s client, a supply chain and logistics solutions provider, had to implement a bar code scanning system for a customer operating a return center. This customer wanted a system that would allow the user to scan the part number and serial number of received items, and then generate a new bar code label based on the scanned information. The user would then attach the bar code label to the box that contained the returned items. The client wanted two options — box label or case label.

  9. The PDF Paradigm: Should You Use PDF On The Web?
    9/15/2014

    It’s been 21 years since Adobe debuted the Adobe Acrobat suite and introduced the PDF (portable document format) file format. Adobe also launched a free PDF reader in order to make PDF ubiquitous. You only had to purchase the software if you wanted to actually create PDF documents.

  10. Tips To Identify And Leverage A Wedge To Break Into Managed Services
    9/15/2014

    A few years ago, one of my vendors held an online event with author Randy Schwantz as guest. Schwantz had written two books about using “The Wedge” to displace your competitor’s and win more clients. After an hour on the phone, I was hooked. The very next week I used some of these techniques in a prospect meeting to ultimately get my competition fired and land the client’s entire business — a client from which I am still making monthly recurring revenue. I have used these techniques ever since with great success.

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