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  1. Advice After The Joplin Tornado: Put A Disaster Recovery In Place Now
    8/19/2014

    Late in the afternoon on May 22, 2011, an EF5 tornado tore a mile-wide swath through the southern part of Joplin, Missouri. It was the deadliest tornado in the U.S. since 1947 and has proven to be the costliest single tornado in U.S. history with more than $2.2 billion in insurance payouts.

  2. In The Fight For Power Backup, A Ringside Preventive Maintenance Plan Is Key
    8/19/2014

    In the case of a power emergency, businesses and other enterprises depend on uninterruptible power systems (UPSs) as an emergency power back-up solution. UPSs serve as the backbone that keeps critical systems up and running at all times. Downtime carries an enormous price tag, so it is important for IT resellers to emphasize a comprehensive preventive maintenance plan for customers to minimize interruption of operations. Without a detailed strategy, users are at risk of corrupted files, hardware malfunctions, and the inability to access the critical systems they need.

  3. 5 Must-Haves For Surveillance Solutions For Public Transportation Vehicles
    8/19/2014

    2013 marked the eighth year in row that more than 10 billion trips were taken on public transportation systems nationwide, and that number is showing no signs of slowing down. As ridership figures have grown exponentially so too has criminal activity, including crimes against passengers and employees, fare evasion, revenue theft by employees, and crimes against transit property such as vandalism and graffiti, all of which further complicate the role of the transit security official and transit system administrators.

  4. Best Practices For Professionals: Learn To Say No
    8/18/2014

    In his last series, Gary Pica focused on increasing managed services practices sales. In this four-part series, he shifts the focus to best practices for individuals that will make a positive impact on your businesses. Each week, Pica challenges you to examine your own systems, methods — and habits — and consider changes, if needed, for the better.

  5. Does Your Brand Translate From Traditional To Online Media?
    8/14/2014

    As consumers move toward digital media for brand information, it’s the perfect time to reassess how a brand translates from traditional media to online media. A consumer’s opinion about any brand is shaped from the moment they enter the brand search term, or related keywords in any search engine — such as Google or Yahoo. The impact of these search results on the consumer perception of the brand is known as Search Perception Impact (SPI).

  6. Ask The Consultant: How Do I Manage My Energy To Sustain A High Level Of Productivity?
    8/14/2014

    My short answer is this: improve your focus, habits, exercise, nutrition, and sleep in ways that help you.

  7. How To Make Channel Incentive Programs A True Win-Win
    8/14/2014

    The speed at which technology is creating new products and services is increasing exponentially. For resellers — particularly those in the IT sector — this nets out to increased pressure not only to sell, but to stay abreast of a constant stream of technological advancements.

  8. How To Preserve Your Data Protection Business With Customers Distracted By Shiny Baubles
    8/14/2014

    Since data protection remains one of the biggest issues for customers today — both as a recurring growth and upgrade product opportunity — resellers can unfortunately get derailed by “new” offerings on the market. Customers constantly urge their seasoned and trusted resellers to get them information about the new, hyped-up data protection offerings as well as those that are well-known and established without distinction for which kind it is. Resellers can spend both unnecessary time and non-profit forays getting caught up in the latest shiny baubles that widen the eyes of their customers.

  9. What To Look For When Selecting A Bar Code Printer
    8/14/2014

    It is commonly known that bar code printers with extensive features and functionalities are available now. However, if you haven’t been in the market for a while, you may be surprised at the extent of recent enhancements and how reasonably priced these models are. A myriad of elements, designed to improve the operator experience, simplifying the use of the printer, and making maintenance relatively easy, are now standard.

  10. 4 Commonly Overlooked Recurring Revenue Streams In Mobility
    8/14/2014

    VARs today are being tasked with expanding their services menu in order to keep up with the industry-wide evolution from a model that’s product-focused to one that is more centered on technology services. Even though layering a robust offering of services and solutions on top of core products has quickly become the name of the game, many VARs still focus too heavily on cellular connectivity solutions when building out their mobility practice, which can cause them to miss the bigger picture.

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