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  1. Interest In EMV Rising After Data Breaches
    4/14/2014

    EMV adoption in the U.S. has been slow — but the cyberattack that led to Target’s highly publicized data breach seems to have been a wake-up call. Rod Hometh, senior VP of market development for Ingenico, observes a different atmosphere than the one a few months ago. “I went to an ISV conference in August, and I was surprised how few had embraced EMV and how few understood the effort that was before them,” he says. “Eight or nine months later, the majority are quite aware. They are starting to designate internal experts and pursue their own strategies.”

  2. The Field Service IT Market: “Customers Are Always Looking To Mobilize”
    4/11/2014

    In addition to the insights in the Business Solutions 2014 Partner Program Insider, two industry leaders provide information on significant trends and VAR opportunities related to field service.  Adnon Dow, VP of global mobility solutions, for SYNNEX Corporation, and Tim Eusterman, senior director of industry marketing for Intermec by Honeywell, give their assessments of the health of the market from a potential IT spend perspective and how VARs can best approach providing these solutions to customers. 

  3. Cyber Surveillance: 4 Things Every Healthcare Solutions Provider Should Know
    4/11/2014

    Hospitals must evolve their cybersecurity to match the security standards and procedures they have developed and honed for their physical facilities. One key aspect of their physical security is 24/7 video surveillance: the ability to see who did what in their hospitals and the ability to go back in time to investigate incidents is an absolutely essential component of their security procedures.

  4. The Top VAR Opportunities In The SMB Space
    4/11/2014

    Business Solutions asked industry experts “Why VARs Should Set Their Sights On SMBs” for the Business Solutions 2014 Partner Program Insider. In addition to the insights in that article, these industry leaders also offer what they believe are the biggest opportunities and significant trends in the SMB space — including network and physical security, and, for SMB retailers, the transition to EMV and online marketing.

  5. Healthcare Mobility: Rugged Or Commercial Devices?
    4/11/2014

    The average acute care hospital environment is typically one of the tougher settings for any handheld mobile solution to thrive and survive.  There are generally hard floors throughout, so any accidental drop is going to be met with the maximum impact. Add that to the use of aggressive disinfecting chemicals that are required to maintain a safe working atmosphere for patients and clinicians and you will likely find that most unprotected commercial devices will fail much earlier than expected. 

  6. MSPs And The Cloud: Finding The Right Vendor Partner
    4/11/2014

    It’s no secret that the managed services provider (MSP) business is a large market and has been growing steadily. In recent years, it grew by 13-16 percent to reach US$60-65 billion. The shape of the market continues to evolve and mature. As this happens, MSPs are demanding more, not just from the technology and tools that power their businesses, but also from the vendors that supply them. 

  7. The Top 3 Things To Look For In A Partner Program
    4/10/2014

    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.

  8. Thwarting Cyber-Induced External Business Disruptions
    4/10/2014

    Global dependence on the Internet as the backbone for conducting business is leading to a surge in malicious and sophisticated cyber attack activity aimed at interrupting or compromising these economically-critical online activities. These threats are frequently referred to as distributed denial-of-service, or DDoS, attacks.

  9. What IT Channel Executives Can Learn From Legendary Basketball Coach John Wooden
    4/10/2014

    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.

  10. Security, Mobility Create Opportunities For Solutions Providers In Education
    4/10/2014

    Business Solutions 2014 Partner Program Insider gave industry experts the opportunity to share their opinions on the top opportunities in the education vertical. According to BSM editor-in-chief Mike Monocello, “Their responses can be boiled down into two main categories: keeping an eye on people and assets and getting computers into the hands of students.”