MSPs and VARs should make employee training a top priority for their clients. By Christine Kern, contributing writer
This mobile systems integrator got serious about tightening up its business processes, resulting in year-over-year double-digit revenue growth.
We take a close look at nine different tablet-based POS software solutions for the retail industry. Which is best for your customers?
We take a close look at nine tablet-based POS software solutions for the restaurant industry. Which is best for your customers?
Last week, I attended ISV IQ Live! hosted by Business Solutions Magazine. It was truly a fantastic event. Even though I attended as a guest speaker on a panel at the conference, I arrived in Philadelphia eager to gain constructive insight on the various business topics shared by industry veterans that I could exercise as CEO of a software development firm.
It seems like everything is being automated nowadays — that’s just where technology is headed. Even so, businesses have a keen eye for any new automated tools that makes their jobs easier. By Rick Delgado, contributing writer
Historically, software development projects would spend considerable time gathering tedious amounts of requirements from a group of business leaders before the developers write a line of code. In this process, months can pass by before any tangible results begin to form. However, Agile was created to solve this problem. Agile helps to organize your development into smaller components so that developers can start writing code right away. Agile is effective because the business receives real and tangible results very early in the process. Because of its benefits, Agile enables the developer to meet timelines and expectations; therefore, we learned how to do it really well.
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.
Valuations for ISV platforms with payments integration, and payments processing companies which have vertically integrated high margin, high growth software platforms with measurable EBITDA contribution, are on the rise. The level of M&A activity for both is striking.
OPERATING A BUSINESS IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY has become increasingly difficult over the last few years. With companies operating globally on at least some level, the impact of these challenges is being felt across all industries and involves entities of all sizes. New compliance and regulations, changing consumer demands, rising transportation costs, and the need for good technology and communication can all affect the way goods move around the globe. These impacts can be felt both in mature and developing markets—but the challenges specific to each can vary greatly.
Muscle Maker Grill needed a solution to quickly scan orders and receipts at checkout. The company was using in-line scanners and its employees were having difficulty lining up the barcodes on drink bottles.
WE LIVE AND DO BUSINESS in a highly connected world. That brings clear benefits, such as being able to use real-time data capture and mobile access to applications to create efficiencies, but it also brings potential challenges. The connected customer demands more from retailers, logistics providers and services companies. One bad experience and the customer may leave forever.
Data collection & mobility covers barcoding, barcode scanners, RFID tags and scanners, mobile printers and printing, mobile computing, automatic identification and data capture (AIDC), and field service technology.
Barcodes are machine-readable representations of data about the object they are applied to. There are two types of barcodes, 1D and 2D. 1D barcodes represent data with parallel lines of varying widths and spacing and are also known as linear barcodes. 2D barcodes use rectangles, dots, hexagons and other geometric patterns in two dimensions. Barcodes are traditionally read with optical scanners called barcode readers, but now desktop printers, mobile computers, and smartphones can also act as scanners.
Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is a wireless non-contact method of transferring data for automatic identification and object tracking. RFID tags contain stored electronic information. RFID tags can be powered or passive as required by varying operations. RFID tags differ from barcodes in that they do not require direct line of sight to the reader, allowing them to be inserted in objects.
Mobile printers offer portable printing options and are designed to boost employee productivity and accuracy. Mobile printers can be wired or wireless and are battery powered. They are designed to print barcodes, labels, receipts, and tickets and are often ruggedized in order to operate in harsh and demanding environments.
Mobile computing covers the broad range of business and consumer devices that are designed to be transported during normal usage. Mobile computing encompasses mobile communications, mobile hardware, and mobile software. Mobile computing devices include personal digital assistants (PDAs), smartphones, tablet computers, ultra-mobile CPs, in-vehicle computers, and wearable computers. Enterprise-class devices are often ruggedized to prevent damage from constant use and accidental drops and water contact. Devices operate on a range of operating systems including Windows, Android, iOS, Linux, and more.
The rugged CipherLab CP60 series is an industrial mobile computer designed to fully assist your staff in the field with the most cutting edge specifications. Crafted for the harsh environments of transportation & logistics, warehousing, manufacturing and field service, this tough mobile computer will allow your workers to maximize productivity with the most up-to-date technologies.
CardScan Image Capture (IC) accurately captures driver’s licenses, insurance cards and other patient information. Used on its own or interfaced with electronic health records and other practice software systems, CardScan IC delivers true, complete color images to help reduce errors, streamline admissions and speed reimbursement.
The Smart VAR Summit: Age Of Intelligence — IoT, Cloud, & Mobility Convergence, powered by ScanSource, Zebra Technologies, and Business Solutions, was filled with advice for integrators and solutions providers on how to deliver Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to their clients.
Business Solutions president Jim Roddy interviewed Health IT Outcomes chief editor Ken Congdon at the Smart VAR Healthcare Summit on Aug. 11, 2015, at the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel.
AML demonstrated its new Monarch Enterprise-Ready Kiosk at Retail Solutions Providers Association (RSPA) RetailNOW 2015, Aug. 2 through 5 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, FL.
At RetailNOW 2015, Epson America announced three new products: the TM-m10 and TM-m30 mobile-friendly point of sale (POS) printers and the Mobilink P80 Plus mobile printer.