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VAR Lesson From ASCII Milwaukee: Laser Focus On A Market
VAR Lesson From ASCII Milwaukee: Laser Focus On A Market

At the ASCII Success Summit in Milwaukee today, C.J. Ezell, CEO of managed services provider PointClear Networks, gave an encore performance of his 2015 ASCII presentation titled “Adding Dental Integration To Your Managed Services Practice.”

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MAGAZINE ARTICLES

  • 30-Year Anniversary: A Look Back
    30-Year Anniversary: A Look Back

    Business Solutions magazine began as Business Electronics magazine in May 1986. In the 30 years since, the magazine and focus have undergone some significant changes. Originally, the magazine was dedicated to office automation dealers. Looking over those first few issues, you can’t help but smile at some of the topics.

  • “A Magazine For An Industry That’s Arrived”

    The above headline was used 30 years ago for the “From The Editor” in the first issue of Business Electronics magazine. In Robert Mueller’s article, the editor and associate publisher wrote that the office automation industry had experienced many changes, with many more to be expected.

  • Bring Omni-Channel Commerce To SMB Retailers

    With thousands of SMB retailers yet to address their online and omni-channel presence, the opportunities are ripe for VARs

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EXECUTIVE COMMENTARY

  • 3 Ways IT Can Modernize Meeting Rooms With Digital Technology
    3 Ways IT Can Modernize Meeting Rooms With Digital Technology

    From energy companies to universities, the growth of the Internet of Things, mobile devices, and wearables presents new challenges and opportunities for IT departments looking to provide counsel on technology that is innovative, versatile, and collaborative. In the case of meeting rooms, digital devices that involve remote attendees and mobile capabilities are expected to grow. According to a Wainhouse research report, commissioned by Epson, nearly half of respondents expect the amount of huddle rooms to increase within the next two years.

  • Why It’s Okay For CIOs To Make Decisions Based On Feelings
    Why It’s Okay For CIOs To Make Decisions Based On Feelings

    One of life’s most hilariously, ironic aspects is that, wherever you go, you’ll notice personal exceptionalism is by far the most ordinary expression of human behavior. If you understand that concept to be true, then the self-assessment data gathered by the well-known leadership and management coach, Mark Goldsmith won’t surprise you either. By Ariel Amster, Qubole

  • Old School Ties Are Not The Fashion In Enterprise Mobility
    Old School Ties Are Not The Fashion In Enterprise Mobility

    My lunch companion was the Director of Innovation at a large telecommunications company, a new role in the past two years which reflected a desire for effective change and the internal frustration that it was not being achieved. I just did not understand why he was not embarrassed — he had just told me he had not submitted our tender response to the CIO because, “It is hard enough getting proposals through IT so I only put up two proposals from two old school large logo IT vendors.”

  • Adding More Value: Successful Marketing Tips For VARs
    Adding More Value: Successful Marketing Tips For VARs

    Marketing matters, and as a growing technology solution provider — you might call yourself a Technology Consultant, System Integrator, Solution Provider, Value Added Reseller, or something else altogether — you know how important it is to get the word out about your business and the value you provide to your customers. Your email, website, and ad messaging are all positioned to reinforce your value with potential customers, so it’s up to you to find ways to create and maintain those messages.

  • Arlin's Suggested Reading List
    Arlin's Suggested Reading List

    These are the ten books I recommend as the foundation of a strong business library. While the Bible may seem like a strange first choice, I find that spending time in that book of wisdom each morning grounds me in truth and helps focus me on the things that matter. The other nine are important books that provide a broad base from which to build a strong business mindset.

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WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES

  • Things To Consider When Using Smartphones For Data Capture

    Purpose-built scanners and mobile computers with integrated imagers deliver fast, accurate scanning.

  • Zebra Technologies Brings Direct Data Exchange To The 21st Century

    Zebra Technologies is introducing the industry’s first complete, ruggedized enterprise-grade hardware and software Direct Data Exchange (DEX) solution that connects Direct Store Delivery (DSD) drivers to stores without a rugged DEX cable. With the introduction of Zebra’s new DX30 DEX Bluetooth-enabled wireless key fob – no bigger than a typical automobile key – Zebra has removed physical cables and eliminated common failure points at the wall jack or device. 

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DATA COLLECTION INDUSTRY EVENTS

SYNNEX Spring VARNEX
April 10-15
Dallas
   
     
     
 

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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    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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