Articles By Jim Roddy

  1. VARTECH 2014: 9 Social Media Tips For VARs
    9/18/2014

    Do you recall the 1939 version of The Wizard Of Oz when a fearful Dorothy, played by Judy Garland, exclaims, “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!”? Today, solutions providers — especially those old enough to remember the 1939 version of The Wizard Of Oz — are saying “Facebook and Twitter and LinkedIn, oh my!” as they face an avalanche of social media options.

  2. Lively Media Panel Opens VARTECH 2014
    9/18/2014

    Value-added distributor BlueStar turned the tables on members of the channel media at its VARTECH conference in New Orleans Thursday. The day one general session opened with BlueStar Global Marketing Manager Dean Reverman asking publishing executives and editors questions about trends and best practices for solutions providers and IT vendors.

  3. APG’s Bergeron Talks Sensible Solutions — Not Sexy Technologies — At RetailNOW
    8/18/2014

    Sexy technologies dominate the headlines at most channel trade shows, and RetailNOW 2014 in Orlando was no different. Tablets, mobile payments, interactive digital signage, and cloud POS certainly deserve your attention. But I was reminded during Stephen Bergeron’s RetailNOW presentation Aug. 6 that we shouldn't overlook sensible solutions that aren't flashy but help merchants.

  4. RSPA Passes Chairperson Gavel To BSM’s Roddy
    8/7/2014

    Business Solutions magazine (BSM) President Jim Roddy became 2014-15 RSPA (Retail Solutions Providers Association) Board Chairperson on Tuesday when 2013-14 Chair Lynn Skurla passed the gavel to him during a ceremony at RetailNOW in Orlando, FL.

  5. As-A-Service Business Model Gains Traction On RetailNOW Stage
    8/7/2014

    I was thrilled the as-a-Service business model was discussed often during the final day of RetailNOW 2014 on Aug. 6 in Orlando, FL. The concept was featured prominently in the 8:00 a.m. “View From The Top” leadership panel — dominated by hardware vendors and distributors — and was the sole topic of the 9:00 a.m. session that followed in the conference’s main auditorium.

  6. Helgeson Forecasts The Future Of Payments At RetailNOW
    8/7/2014

    With apologies to E.F. Hutton, when Henry Helgeson talks about payments, people listen. The CEO of Merchant Warehouse, who is regularly quoted in Forbes and other national media outlets, drew a large crowd to his Aug. 5 RetailNOW presentation titled “The Future Of Payments.”

  7. RetailNOW Panel: Channel Vital To Mobile Payment Adoption
    8/7/2014

    You know a topic is popular at a trade show when the hotel staff needs to bring in extra seats to accommodate the previously standing-room-only crowd. That was the case Aug. 5 at RetailNOW 2014 in Orlando for a panel discussion titled “Driving Commerce With Mobile Payment.”

  8. First Thoughts On RSPA RetailNOW 2014
    8/4/2014

    RetailNOW 2014 officially kicked off today. Despite the retail and hospitality IT channel's most important conference just getting started, a lot has already happened.

  9. HIMSS Executive To Headline Smart VAR Healthcare Summit
    7/9/2014

    John Daniels, Vice President of Strategic Relations for HIMSS, a global organization focused on better health through information technology, will keynote the Smart VAR Healthcare Summit, powered by ScanSource and Business Solutions, on Aug. 21 in Chicago.

  10. Good News For RetailNOW Registrants: Bouwer Is Back
    6/12/2014

    Tom Bouwer will be appearing on Wed., Aug. 6, at RSPA's RetailNOW 2014 in Orlando, FL. Bouwer will be conducting his exclusive workshop titled, “Get A Grip On Your Business: Are you running your business, or is your business running you?” This session is designed for business owners and is based on the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS).

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