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MAGAZINE ARTICLES

  • 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

  • How To Quickly Integrate A New Salesperson Into Your IT Company, Part 1
    How To Quickly Integrate A New Salesperson Into Your IT Company, Part 1

    I was asked by one of our peer group members to provide some advice as it related to the hiring and onboarding of a new salesperson. The potential hire did not have an IT industry background.  So my advice to him was twofold, focusing around how to get the non-IT person up to speed and how to quickly integrate the new hire into their company.

  • How To Quickly Integrate A New Salesperson Into Your IT Company, Part 2
    How To Quickly Integrate A New Salesperson Into Your IT Company, Part 2

    In the first part of this series, I shared some strategies around onboarding a salesperson into a new industry.  This article will focus on the second question of how to immerse a new hire in your company culture and expectations.

  • How IT Solutions Providers Can Strategically Plan A Benefits Package
    How IT Solutions Providers Can Strategically Plan A Benefits Package

    All IT companies are facing a shortage of qualified workers, and this is especially true for SMB owners.  It seems as though the “big boys” have the competitive edge when it comes to compensation packages, perks, and benefits. In addition, the changes brought about via the Affordable Care Act have frustrated many employers, forcing them to reevaluate their benefit packages by dropping some benefits, adding additional benefits, or modifying the plans themselves.

  • Stuck On Your IT Services Business Strategic Plan? How A Coach Can Help Jump Start Progress
    Stuck On Your IT Services Business Strategic Plan? How A Coach Can Help Jump Start Progress

    I heard Verne Harnish speak at a conference a few years ago.  He said many great things but the most impactful (to me at least) observation he shared was around coaching.  He shared how Tiger Woods, who at this point was at the pinnacle of his career, was impacted by a coach.

  • IT Solutions Providers: Which Lake Are You In?
    IT Solutions Providers: Which Lake Are You In?

    When I was in college, I spent my summers working at a YMCA camp. I was responsible to keep all the trails, playing fields, and general areas mowed. I also did some general maintenance stuff around the camp as well. Occasionally, I would get to do some work down by the lake. It was here that I would witness hundreds of kids get in a canoe, many of them for the first time.

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WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES

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

  • Wasp’s Accuracy Takes The Pain Out Of Asset Tracking

    MCS Digital is Australia’s leading specialist provider of mission critical mobile radio communications.  For more than three decades, MCS Digital has focused on design, delivery and support of mission critical communications equipment and systems in Australia and New Zealand. With a combined focus of reliability and quality, MCS Digital’s experience extends across a wide range of industry sectors, with expertise in high risk and hazardous environments.

  • Fixing The Disconnect Between Employer And Employee For BYOD

    It’s no surprise that there are many articles and papers on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) that will advise employers on how to secure employee devices. With the exponential growth in malware and potentially unwanted apps (PUA’s) during 2013, particularly on the Android™ platform, the stakes and risks have never been higher.

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DATA COLLECTION INDUSTRY EVENTS

ScanSource Partner Conference March 16-18 Greenville, S.C.
HP Global Partner Conference March 16-18

Las Vegas

HIMSS April 12-16 Chicago
Cisco Partner Conference April  27-30 Montreal
RFID Journal Live! April 15-17 San Diego, CA
TechSelect Partner Conference April 21-24 New Orleans

IT Sales and Marketing Boot Camp

(Robin’s Big Seminar)

April 22-25 Nashville, TN
ASCII Success Summit April 30-May 1 Austin, TX
HTG Peer Groups Centralized Meeting May 4-8 Dallas, TX
ASCII Success Summit      May 28-29 Chicago

 

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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FEATURED PRODUCTS

  • CMI Genus II Terminal
    CMI Genus II Terminal CMI's Genus II terminal provides medium to large enterprises with a comprehensive set of features & functionality to meet all of their workforce management and data collection needs.
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    MB400/410i Portable Printer SATO’s new mobile MBi Series Portable Printers are the ideal solution for portable print applications. Their compact size, rugged design and lightweight make them ideal for mobile, on-demand printing needs.
  • CP60 Series Industrial Mobile Computer
    CP60 Series Industrial Mobile Computer

    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.

  • Dymo CardScan Image Capture
    Dymo CardScan Image Capture

    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.

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MULTIMEDIA

  • Plantronics Displays Headset Options At Smart VAR Healthcare Summit
    Plantronics Displays Headset Options At Smart VAR Healthcare Summit

    Brad Barnes, sales manager of specialized channels for Plantronics, displays USB-based, wireless, and Bluetooth headsets at the Smart VAR Healthcare Summit, powered by ScanSource and Business Solutions magazine on August 21, 2014, at the Westin Chicago Northwest.

  • Seagull Scientific Demonstrates BarTender Software At Healthcare Summit
    Seagull Scientific Demonstrates BarTender Software At Healthcare Summit

    Nicholas Doss, channel sales manager, explains the application’s the company’s BarTender software has for healthcare at the Smart VAR Healthcare Summit, powered by ScanSource and Business Solutions magazine on August 21, 2014, at the Westin Chicago Northwest.

  • Datalogic Demonstrates Technology At Smart VAR Healthcare Summit
    Datalogic Demonstrates Technology At Smart VAR Healthcare Summit

    Gina Wilde, national manager of the healthcare vertical for Datalogic, explains how healthcare VARs can offer products that differentiate them from the competition. Wilde spoke at the Smart VAR Healthcare Summit, powered by ScanSource and Business Solutions magazine on August 21, 2014, at the Westin Chicago Northwest.

  • Code Demonstrates Healthcare Applications Of Bar Code Readers And Sleds
    Code Demonstrates Healthcare Applications Of Bar Code Readers And Sleds

    Christopher Koenen, strategic account manager for Code, shows applications of bar code readers and sleds at the Smart VAR Healthcare Summit, powered by ScanSource and Business Solutions magazine on August 21, 2014, at the Westin Chicago Northwest.

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