Retail IT News For VARs — April 18, 2014
The Heartbleed Bug tops the headlines this week, prompting some suggestions for ways to protect customer data. Also in the news, the adoption of beacons captures shoppers’ locations and preferences, as well as some advice for investing in mobile technology. Finally, the rise of social media has drastically changed the face of e-commerce.
The Top VAR Opportunities In The SMB Space
Business Solutions asked industry experts “Why VARs Should Set Their Sights On SMBs” for the Business Solutions 2014 Partner Program Insider. In addition to the insights in that article, these industry leaders also offer what they believe are the biggest opportunities and significant trends in the SMB space — including network and physical security, and, for SMB retailers, the transition to EMV and online marketing.
Retail IT News for VARs — April 11, 21014
In the news this week, Custora’s latest reports show that retail sales climbed 10 percent over last year. Meanwhile, in POS news, researchers demonstrated the vulnerability of mPOS devices and we have tips for protecting POS systems from cybercrime and for integrating tablets and POS software. Finally, research predicts that mobile advertising will become the fourth largest ad medium by 2016.
Retail IT News For VARs
In the news banks name a credit card security company in a class action lawsuit over last year’s high-profile credit card data breach. Also, analyst are asking whether the fee cap battle will continue after the ruling to uphold the 21-cent swipe fee.
Motorola Solutions Emphasizing Android OS In 2014
Last week I attended Motorola’s annual Partner Expo in Las Vegas. Over the three days at the event, I learned a lot about Motorola’s initiatives for 2014. One thing I found particularly interesting was Moto’s plans concerning mobile device operating systems (OS). In the past, Motorola devices have run various versions of Microsoft’s operating systems. As we all know, in recent years the mobile world has been overrun with devices running iOS and Android, but primarily on the consumer side. Motorola has slowly adopted Android as an option for a few of its enterprise-class devices, but make no mistake, Microsoft’s OSs have been the dominant platform for the company’s mobile computers. Until now.
Where's The Love For EMV?
There's something that's been bugging me for a couple years now and I can't figure out what's going on. Resellers and retailers don't seem to care about PCI and EMV. Editorial pieces we produce on the topics don't get much traction on our site and in our newsletters. The headlines are compelling. The content is actionable and relevant (breaches are huge news). Yet, there's little interest.
XP End Of Life A Boon To MSPs, Retail IT VARs
If you don't know, Microsoft's support for Windows XP ends on April 8. In the general IT space this is a big deal and significant opportunity to upgrade customers to the latest OS. In particular, XPs end of life (EOL) is a great opportunity for MSPs (managed services providers) to standardize customer's PCs to make support easier. Managing a hodge-podge of systems makes remote management and monitoring a little tricky and getting customers to standardize is often a hard sell. Well, XP EOL might be the catalyst of change you need. Don't miss it!
First Data Symposium Focuses On Cybersecurity
Security experts were among the panelists at First Data’s Cyber Security Symposium “Commerce in the Crosshairs: Solutions to the Growing Threat.” The symposium, held in New York on March 18, was First Data’s first event on the topic. The first panel of the day featured John Watters, CEO of iSIGHT Partners, and Art Coviello, executive chairman of RSA Security.
Big Moves At RSPA
Pretty big news in the retail IT world today. I awoke to a press release stating that the RSPA has hired its new CEO and president, Ms. Kelly Funk.
While Funk is not from the retail industry, she has association experience with the Alzheimer’s Association and has held positions with Genworth and GE Financial. Additionally, she also holds a Masters degree in Leadership from Georgetown University.
Point Of Sale And Payment Processing News From February 2014
This month in Point of Sale and Payment Processing news, StrandVision introduces new digital display options, CRS announces a new impact printer, BlueStar enters a distribution agreement with PioneerPOS, UP Solution launches free tablet-based POS for restaurants, Adelo releases POS software for iPad, and POS Lavu redesigns the reporting process for its iPad POS and announces a partnership with Ingram Micro.