Managed Services Articles

  1. 17 New Laws In 12 States Help Govern Educational Technology
    8/18/2014

    Technology is becoming an invaluable tool in today’s classrooms. Yet, there is a lot more to education technology then just ensuring every student has access to a computer. Teachers need to be adequately trained in incorporating technology into the daily curriculum and instruction. Students will be better served if they are using technology as an on-going part of the learning process, rather than a separate activity. And while states are improving the infrastructure for education technology, some communities are still lacking the necessary capacity. 

  2. Manufacturing And Warehousing IT News For VARs — August 18, 2014
    8/18/2014

    In the news, an article looks at the Internet of Things (IoT) merging with Big Data to boost business potential. Also U.S. factory output rose in July, and experts are predicting 3 percent growth throughout the remainder of the year.

  3. Is“Patient Engagement” Important To Your Healthcare Customers?
    8/15/2014

    “Patient Engagement” is a big buzzword these days and can come in multiple forms, but too little is said about how to actually achieve it. From patient portals to patient loyalty programs — healthcare is seeing solutions similar to their cousins in the retail and banking sectors, all geared to incentivize patients in various ways to increase their consumption of healthcare. But do they work?

  4. Rogue Apps: From Customer Headache To Recurring Revenue Boon
    8/15/2014

    I remember the days when IT admins so tightly locked down PC permissions that users couldn't change a printer setting, let alone install their own choice of applications. Of course, just 10 years ago, there weren't a whole lot of small specialized apps and there certainly weren't all the cloud apps we have today. Employees don't think they need permission to work smarter by installing apps like Dropbox on their computer. While users are more empowered than ever and have access to new productivity tools every day, an IT nightmare has been created -- rogue apps on the network. It might be worse than you think.

  5. Report Looks At The Value Of Solutions Created From Multiple Vendors’ Technologies
    8/15/2014

    VARs and systems integrators have choices in sourcing, assembling, and deploying hardware and software solutions for customers. Many VARs pick and choose multiple best-of-breed technologies from of a variety of vendors to construct more comprehensive offerings, which often results in better returns and higher sales prices.

  6. The ONC’s Plan To Achieve Interoperable Health IT: Input Welcome
    8/13/2014

    While data lakes have been heralded as the end to many of the complications around interoperability difficulties, the reality remains that, interoperability will, and should be a priority for healthcare entities and the businesses that support them for the foreseeable future.

  7. Almost One-Fifth Of Higher Education IT Purchases Are Made Outside Of Central IT
    8/13/2014

    U.S. campuses are spending $4 billion annually on unmanaged, unmeasured investments.

  8. 3 Tips For Beating Cloud Pricing Paralysis
    8/13/2014

    You put a lot of thought, research, and training into selecting your latest cloud service and you know that coming up with an attractive price is very important. But, don’t fall into the trap of analysis paralysis, warns Jason Etheridge, president and CEO of Logic Speak, an MSP that’s projecting 25% revenue growth this year, following last year’s 15% revenue growth over 2012. Etheridge offers the following three tips to those struggling with pricing their cloud/managed services...

  9. Managed Services, Backup and Recovery, and Networking News From July 2014
    8/13/2014

    Each month, Business Solutions reports news on business in the channel. This month in Managed Services, Backup and Recovery, and Networking news, MegaPath introduces managed Wi-Fi, HP offers a new switch series and a new channel program, and T-Mobile launches a channel partner program. In addition, Seagate offers a new portfolio of network attached storage solutions, and Unitrends introduces disaster recovery assurance. Upcoming events include Channel Transitions 2014 VAR/MSP Executive Conferences powered by Business Solutions and The Denver Biz Tech Expo.

  10. Will The Meaningful Use Program Be Extended To Behavioral Health?
    8/12/2014

    A new world of Meaningful Use is set to open up for VARs, and it comes from the behavioral health arena.

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