1. Building A Next-Gen Managed Security Practice

    Managed Service Providers (MSPs) have long served as their customers’ IT security experts. Small- and medium-sized businesses typically do not have the IT expertise or resources in-house, and so rely on their MSPs to provide the high level of IT support they could not create on their own. As the security landscape evolves and becomes more complex, MSPs also find themselves managing multiple vendors for different product areas, from endpoint security, email, disk encryption, network and mobile security, and wireless capabilities.

  2. Everything You Need To Know About The Bare Metal Environment

    Every business has such varied computing requirements that a one-size-fits-all solution is often not sufficient. If we wish to use the power of a computer’s hardware without its host operating system, then it’s perfectly possible to tap into this ‘bare metal’ and put it to good use with a ‘virtual machine’ on it instead. By Jessica Foreman

  3. Apple Upgrades And The Enterprise

    In advance of Apple’s upcoming press conference on September 7th, it’s a good time to take a look at recent announcements the company has made that are directly impacting the enterprise. Apple has been making clear and vocal shifts to increase its enterprise business over the past two years. The company now has partnerships with major enterprise players, including IBM (July 2014), Cisco (September 2015), and now SAP (May 2016). Not only do these partnerships strengthen Apple’s enterprise position, they also give the company access to hundreds of millions of potential enterprise customers.

  4. Security Breaches Aren’t Just About IT

    When you hear about a security breach, you probably think something like, “The IT department must have missed something.” But increasingly, breaches are caused by factors outside of IT’s control. Today, a breach is just as likely to be the result of a devious email or an unwitting employee’s error as a breakdown in IT.

  5. Connecting The Dots... CRM To PSA To ERP

    As the world moves to browser-based applications (whether hosted on your own server or with a provider such as Amazon), it can mean that some of your applications might be on a local server in your office and others are hosted somewhere else.  For example, you may have a hosted CRM (“Customer Relationship Management”) system, while your accounting or ERP software application stays behind closed doors where it is more difficult for a hacker to gain access.

  6. Direct-to-Acquirer Vs. Gateway-Based Payment Processing

    Once a VAR or ISV makes a decision to pursue monthly recurring revenue opportunities in payment processing, the big question becomes how? Two Moneris subject matter experts offer guidance on the big decisions that must first be considered.

  7. Unified Commerce: A New Opportunity For Payments

    The once sluggish area of payments has quickly become anything but in the past few years. In fact, payments have become one of the most dynamic aspects of retailing. Retailers have often incorporated payment changes only as necessary. However, with continuous changes in industry requirements, consumer expectations and consumer access to new payment methods, retailers have had to adjust to become more nimble and flexible.

  8. The Problems (And Solutions!) With EMV And NFC

    NAB Velocity, based in Denver CO, provides software developers and businesses with secure and customizable payment solutions, including credit and debit card processing, ACH processing, and gift/loyalty card programs from an ecosystem of payment service providers. As a division of North American Bancard Holdings, LLC (NAB), an industry partner with over 20 years of experience and knowledge servicing merchants, enabling agents, and supporting partners, NAB Velocity is the omnichannel platform to an integrated system of payment and merchant services.

  9. Service Level Agreements: 3 Best Practices For MSPs

    The transition to managed services from a break-fix business model can be challenging for MSPs. There is much to consider in terms of setting expectations, documenting the deliverables, and defining how the MSP’s relationships with its clients will be governed under this new model.

  10. Helping Customers Cash In On The Cashless Society

    eMarketer predicts 37.5 million Americans will use proximity mobile payments this year — a 61.8 percent increase over 2015 — and total value of mobile payment transactions in the U.S. alone will grow 210 percent in the same period.