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  • Best Channel Vendors 2015
    Best Channel Vendors 2015

    How were the Best Channel Vendors survey and special report generated? For a seventh consecutive year, we relied on the wisdom and experience of Penn State University to help ensure the survey’s statistical accuracy. Back in 2009, Penn State agreed with our philosophy of conducting a Web-based survey (as opposed to a phone-solicitation survey) of our subscribers to capture significant data from our most active resellers. The technology categories were determined by the Business Solutions magazine (BSM) editorial staff.

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EXECUTIVE COMMENTARY

  • 4 Marketing Best Practices For MSPs
    4 Marketing Best Practices For MSPs

    Marketing is one of the biggest challenges managed services providers (MSPs) face. Between managing customer relationships, keeping up with technology advances and handling finances, MSPs have little time left to promote the business. And, most don’t have the marketing talent on staff so they outsource it to an expert.

  • 3 Reasons Your Manufacturing IT Clients Need Mobile Solutions
    3 Reasons Your Manufacturing IT Clients Need Mobile Solutions

    The manufacturing industry has a heavy reliance on manual and paper-based processes, homegrown applications, and legacy systems that are, for the most part, obsolete by even the most forgiving standards. However, it’s all about to change.

  • 3 Things IT Solutions Providers Should Include In A Successful Email Marketing Campaign
    3 Things IT Solutions Providers Should Include In A Successful Email Marketing Campaign

    When it comes to building an effective email marketing campaign, it’s been my experience that it’s best to first ensure that you develop a plan and campaign that’s not only unique enough to grab the user, but will also effectively accomplish what you are trying to promote.

  • Why Mobile POS Is A Great Fit For Hospitality
    Why Mobile POS Is A Great Fit For Hospitality

    Productivity gains and delivering a superior customer experience continue to be key drivers of technology investments in the hospitality industry. According to the recently released National Restaurant Association report “Restaurant Industry 2020: A Snapshot of the Future,” industry competition will continue to intensify in the years ahead and operators will have to focus upon offering elevated levels of food and service in tandem with technological enhancements.

  • 4 Reasons Your Manufacturing IT Clients Need Mobility Solutions
    4 Reasons Your Manufacturing IT Clients Need Mobility Solutions

    In the evolving world of manufacturing technology, improving operations while also reducing costs remains a top priority. Mobility solutions such as computers, scanners, and printers enable manufacturers to equip their mobile workers with the latest technology to meet business demands but also help to lower costs — proving to be a critical element in manufacturing IT.

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WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES

  • Smart Print Engines Solve Problems: Key Considerations For Selecting The Right One

    The print engine is the heart of any print-and-apply labeling system, and selecting the right one for your application can mean the difference between a successful installation and one that causes costly downtime because of mechanical failures or print quality issues.

  • BBRG Extends PCI-Compliant Wi-Fi To Restaurant Guests

    Columbus, Ohio-based BRAVO | BRIO Restaurant Group, Inc. (BBRG) owns and operates 83 high-volume, full-service restaurants in 29 states, including the upscale, affordable BRAVO! Cucina Italiana and BRIO Tuscan Grille restaurants, which offer Italian dishes that are prepared using authentic cooking methods.

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DATA COLLECTION INDUSTRY EVENTS

HTG Peer Groups Centralized Meeting May 4-8 Dallas, TX
D&H Distributing Mid-Atlantic Summer Technology Show June 4 Hershey, PA
D&H Education Back-to-School Show June 17-18 Lancaster, PA
ASCII Success Summit      May 28-29 Chicago
ASCII Success Summit      June 25-26 Newark, NJ
     
     

 

ABOUT DATA COLLECTION & MOBILITY

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.

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