ECM Magazine

  1. Retail IT VARs: Your Key To Increased Profitability
    10/18/2012

    One of the challenges I often hear about from retail IT VARs regarding switching to a managed services model is coping with the way money flows into their company. Many of you are used to getting large lump sums of money for your work as opposed to the smaller steady stream associated with recurring revenue models. The large lump sum might help in the short term and actually be a necessity to keep your business afloat, but a steady stream can be the key to a more profitable and stable company if you make the transition. Keep that thought in mind for a minute.

  2. Can You Really Trust Apple To Protect Your Customers’ Data?
    9/14/2012

    I read an interesting story recently about how an editor at Gizmodo had his digital identity stolen. The hacker gained access to his Twitter account, his Gmail account, and — with the help of a simple Amazon account hack — his Apple account. After the security breach, the hacker deleted the victim’s Gmail account, posted messages on his Twitter account, and even went so far as to remotely wipe out his MacBook, which contained more than a year and a half of family photos that weren’t backed up anywhere else.

  3. Thrive As A POS VAR: Here’s How
    8/17/2012

    During last month’s RSPA RetailNOW 2012, one message was repeatedly hammered home by speakers and roundtable panelists: The world of retail technology is changing, and those who don’t change with it will be left behind.

  4. How To Overcome Cloud Security Objections In 5 Minutes
    7/18/2012

    IBM announced recently that it banned the use of DropBox for corporate use due to security concerns. Around the same time, it was also reported that presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s personal cloud storage account was hacked.

  5. The Truth About Retailers & PCI
    6/19/2012

    An occasional topic amongst editors at Jameson Publishing, the parent company of Business Solutions, is getting “too close” to a topic. More specifically, we ask — due to our perspective, number of people we interview, the successful nature of the people we interview, the amount of knowledge we have, etc.

  6. 7 Distributor Offerings You Can’t Neglect Any Longer
    6/19/2012

    Four value-added distributors share the most overlooked services you should be taking advantage of.

  7. Three Pain Points Small VARs Can Fix Now
    5/21/2012

    The latest Gartner research shows that SMBs worldwide spent $860 billion in 2011, and that spending is expected to surpass the $1T mark by 2014. It’s no surprise why a VAR would focus on this market. By Jay McCall, networking and managed services editor, Business Solutions magazine

  8. Who’s Your Daily Source For Channel Talk?
    4/20/2012

    If you’re looking for in-depth features, peer case studies, and thought-provoking trends articles on the technologies you currently sell (or might in the future), Business Solutions magazine has got it covered.
    But, where do you turn to for channel advice in the days between issues? By Mike Monocello, editor in chief, Business Solutions magazine

  9. Your Future Success Lies In Selling Solutions
    3/22/2012

    If you’re a solutions provider, and not someone who just resells tech products, this should be an exciting time for you. Advancements in time-tested technologies, the emergence of new technologies, and an economy that’s encouraged the adoption of time- and cost-saving solutions have all combined to create an environment perfect for true solutions providers. By Sue Bresee, Publisher, Business Solutions magazine.

  10. It's Not Too Late To Start Selling Managed Services
    3/19/2012

    Sometimes the events I attend and the company I’m around give me a one-sided view of the state of the channel. Here are a few examples: Within the past few months, I’ve attended PSA (professional services automation) vendor ConnectWise’s IT Nation event, which I followed with master MSP (managed services provider) and HaaS (hardware- as-a-service) vendor CharTec’s Academy training event.

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