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  1. The Next Frontier For Telecom Providers: Merchant POS
    1/14/2015

    Many industry insiders would agree that the past 15 years have represented a marvelous period for communications providers and VARS, who by many accounts, successfully led customers through a sometimes difficult — but ultimately beneficial — transition to emerging technology that has made an undeniable impact on business performance.

  2. Building A System In Support Of The IoT
    1/14/2015

    A man heads back home after jogging. A hallway door camera identifies him through face recognition and allows access to living quarters. As soon as he removes his shoe, embedded sensors transmits data to his mobile and a message pops up: “You have burned 500 calories today!” He rests on a couch and next beep sound on mobile alerts, “Oven preheat started. Breakfast ready in 20 minutes.”

  3. Israel’s Bookshelf: New Year’s Edition
    1/14/2015

    If I am completely honest with all of you, I buy way more books than I read. On average, I probably buy three or four books a month. In addition to those books, I normally get three or four a quarter sent to me from publisher and marketing friends in hopes that I will be part of the social media team that will help promote the book. I say all of that to make the point that the books that I suggest in this column are the ones that I don’t simply read, but that I engage with … books that significantly impact my thinking.

  4. 5 Tips To Reinvent Your Pricing Strategy
    1/13/2015

    Placing a value on your offerings as a technology service business can be difficult. But knowing whether the price is right shouldn’t be a guessing game.

  5. 10 Predictions For Data Protection In 2015
    1/13/2015

    Here are ten data protection predictions for 2015 covering topics including tape backup, offsite disaster recovery, cloud backup, virtualized backup, and Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS).

  6. Message To MSPs: Adapt To Survive
    1/13/2015

    In the managed services provider (MSP) business, moving upwards in operational maturity levels (OML) plays a key role in determining the MSP’s technology goals and partnerships. The journey from OML1 to OML5 that is from “Beginning,” “Emerging,” “Scaling,” “Optimizing,” to “Innovating” has been never been an easy task.

  7. Leveling The Online Playing Field: Providing Cloud Services For SMBs
    1/13/2015

    SMB Group research shows that the use of cloud business and infrastructure applications by SMBs was poised to grow from 33 to 44 percent through 2014. The cloud brings unprecedented cost savings and agility to SMBs, enabling these smaller organizations to automate time-consuming IT tasks and gain easy remote access to business applications and data.

  8. Strategies That Can Help Minimize Channel Conflict
    1/12/2015

    CompTIA’s Quick Start Guide Profitable Partnering offers strategies for managing conflict and getting the most out of your vendor partnerships.

  9. What You Don’t Know About Your Balance Sheet Can Hurt You
    1/12/2015

    Among the resources on CompTIA’s website is the Quick Start Guide Understanding Your Balance Sheet. In addition to an explanation, in detail, of your balance sheet, the guide also lists some popular misconceptions about balance sheets.

  10. What Makes A Service A “Cloud Service”?
    1/12/2015

    According to CompTIA’s research brief The Cloud Computing Ecosystem, in many ways, cloud computing is nothing new. It has many similarities to existing models — such as time sharing and hosted systems. The cloud, however, offers speed and a platform on which new services can be built and provided to end users. In fact, services account for 57 percent of the U.S. IT and telecom industries. Building and providing these services, though, requires a wide knowledge base.

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