Managed Services Articles

  1. Healthcare IT News For VARs — January 9, 2014
    1/9/2014

    In the news, the North American healthcare IT market is forecast to reach $31 billion by 2017. “Business associates,” as defined by the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, are advised to ensure that compliance programs are in place, and reports continue of healthcare data breaches — some resulting in financial penalties. 

  2. Baby Steps: Better Planning, New Priorities Inch Partners Toward Growth
    1/9/2014

    Channel partners are realizing a small but measurable uptick in growth and overall revenue fueled in part by an increase in prudent business planning, new research from The 2112 Group finds.

  3. Government IT News For VARs — January 7, 2014
    1/7/2014

    In the news, the Department of Veterans Affairs has added access to open data on its website. Also in the news, a VAR could be banned from doing business with the federal govenment in the wake of allegations of channel stuffing prior to an ISV acquisition.

  4. Healthcare IT News For VARs — January 6, 2014
    1/6/2014

    In the news, the CMS has extended the Stark law exception that permits hospitals to help fund EHR costs for physicians. Also, a survey shows most vendors are still in the ICD-10 product development phase, a newly introduced House Bill 3750 would provide assistance to states for telehealth policies, and ACO participation is on the rise. 

  5. Converting To As-a-Service? Take Your Time.
    1/6/2014

    By far, the biggest objection I hear to converting from break-fix to the As-a-Service model is the change in cash flow. Experts and MSPs who've already made the transition have very clear advice: make the transition in stages and as your company can accomodate.

  6. Best Channel Vendors 2014: Always Room For Improvement
    1/3/2014

    You should have found in your mailbox this week the January 2014 issue of Business Solutions magazine, which contains the results of our annual Best Channel Vendors survey. This is the sixth year we've run this survey which gives us a lot of data to analyze. One fun thing I did last year with the winner's list was to apply conditional color formatting to the scores to create a heat map. I did it again for this year's winners (randomizing the winner's list, of course) and the results are pretty cool.

  7. Where BSMinfo.com Visitors Landed In 2013
    12/27/2013

    In 2013, people searching the Internet who found their way to BSMinfo.com most often clicked on these topics — providing an informal gauge of what gets the channel’s attention.

  8. Healthcare IT News For VARs — December 27, 2013
    12/27/2013

    Data breaches and security advice are in the news, as well as a prediction that EHR switching will continue into 2014 and a list of technologies that are changing healthcare — including 3D printing. 

  9. Government IT News For VARs — December 26, 2013
    12/26/2013

    In the news, businesses are turning government open data in to business opportunities and some technology-related issues have the attention of legislators.

  10. BYOD: How To Have It All
    12/26/2013

    Ron Hassanwalia, COO of SOTI, a mobile device management (MDM) provider with more than 10,000 enterprise customers worldwide, says adding MDM to BYOD is the way “to give choice without sacrifice.” Designing the right solution, though, might take some creativity.