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MAGAZINE ARTICLES

  • 4 Mistakes To Avoid When Selling Healthcare IT
    4 Mistakes To Avoid When Selling Healthcare IT

    Healthcare IT solutions providers need to educate themselves — and maybe their clients, as well — on health IT-related regulations and on the solutions that meet their needs while keeping them in compliance.

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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.

  • 3 Misconceptions And Challenges In The Cloud-Based Phone Marketplace
    3 Misconceptions And Challenges In The Cloud-Based Phone Marketplace

    Channels are deeply complex and constantly changing, and in my experience I’ve found that there are several misconceptions and challenges in the marketplace. Market saturation, cost cutting measures, and automation are currently among the key threats to the channel, particularly in the cloud-based phone marketplace. 

  • 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.

  • How To Avoid The Multi-Portal Cloud Services Pitfall
    How To Avoid The Multi-Portal Cloud Services Pitfall

    While it’s often necessary for IT solution providers to take small steps when adding cloud services to their line card, thoughtful planning around cloud management goes a long way to protecting future profitability

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WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES

  • The Perfect Prescription: Backup & Recovery In Health Care IT
    The Perfect Prescription: Backup & Recovery In Health Care IT

    Of all the vertical industries of interest to the channel, few hold more broad promise and greater opportunity than health care. Thanks to new targeted products, evolving standards of care and an increase in federal government incentives, the health care IT market is witnessing substantial spending growth.

  • ConnectWise Evolves Their Sales Quoting Process And Grows One Product’s Sales By 3,328%

    ConnectWise is an enterprise software company serving the unique needs of technology companies such as IT solution providers, system integrators, and software developers. In the last 10 years, ConnectWise software has become the premier business operating system for technology companies and the company has experienced rapid growth that required an efficient sales team to maximize on their market potential. As everyone at ConnectWise pushed full-steam ahead, the sales quoting process was lagging behind.

  • Data Projections Creates ‘100% Better-Looking’ Sales Proposals

    Texas-based company, Data Projections provides businesses, schools and governmental agencies with audio-visual solutions and collaboration tools ranging from video conferencing for conference rooms, board rooms and classrooms to network operating centers.

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MANAGED SERVICES INDUSTRY EVENTS

HP Global Partner Conference March 16-18 Las Vegas
Channel Partners Big Show March 16-18 Las Vegas
CompTIA Member Meeting    March 24-26 Ponte Vedra, FL
ASCII Summit 2 – Columbus March 25-26 Columbus, OH    
ISC West Exhibit Hall: April 15-17,
SIA Education@ISC West: April 14 – 16
Las Vegas
MSP World March 26-27 Orlando    
Interop March 27-April 1 Las Vegas    
HIMSS April 12-16 Chicago    
Cisco Partner Conference April  27-30 Montreal    
Kaseya Connect April 12-16 Orlando, FL    
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    
IMOne Spring May 3-6 Orlando, FL    
EMC World May 4-7 Las Vegas    
HTG Peer Groups Centralized Meeting May 4-8 Dallas, TX    
Autotask Community Live May 17-19 Miami, FL    

1COMM Partner Conference

(ScanSource Catalyst)

May 19-21 Greenville, SC    
ASCII Success Summit      May 28-29 Chicago    

ABOUT NETWORKING

Networking refers to the range of hardware, software, processes, regulations, and protocols that make up computer and other networks. A network is a telecommunications system that allows connected devices to exchange data via cables or wirelessly (Wi-Fi). Networks provide shared access to systems, services, applications, and devices such as the World Wide Web, servers, printers, storage devices, email, messaging, and many more.

Security on networks is controlled by a network administrator through a set of provisions and policies that prevent unauthorized access to the network and network-accessible resources. Access to secured networks requires authentication usually via username and password (one-factor authentication), but can be augmented to include additional steps based on something a user 'has' such as generating a code via a security token, card, or mobile phone (two-factor authentication), and further augmented to include something a user 'is' such as a retinal or fingerprint scan. Firewalls enforce access policies on the network and anti-virus software or intrusion prevention systems (IPS) help to detect and inhibit malware and other potential threats.

Networks can be connected by electrical cable, radio waves, and optical fiber which are defined as layers 1 (physical layer) and 2 (data link layer) in the OSI model. Types of wired technologies include twisted pair wire, coaxial cable, ITU-T G.hn, and optical fiber. Wireless technologies include terrestrial microwave, satellite, cellular and PCS, radio and spread spectrum, and infrared. The basic hardware components of a network include network interface controllers (NIC), repeaters and hubs, network bridges, network switches, routers, and firewalls.

Ethernet is the most widely-adopted and used family of communications media used in local area networks (LAN), encompassing both wired and wireless network communications. IEEE 802 defines the standards and protocols that enable networked device communications. Networks can be classified by physical capacity or purpose such as personal area networks (PAN), local area network (LAN), storage area network (SAN), wide area network (WAN), virtual private network (VPN), and others.

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MULTIMEDIA

  • CloudFounders Equips MSPs To Offer Cloud Solutions
    CloudFounders Equips MSPs To Offer Cloud Solutions

    At Channel Transitions Midwest on October 7, 2014 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Chicago-Oak Brook, Jonathan Kos, VP of sales at CloudFounders, tells how managed services providers can leverage CloudFounders’ white-labeled products to offer privately hosted cloud solutions. 

  • WorldPay Tells How Payment Solutions Can Lead To Recurring Revenue
    WorldPay Tells How Payment Solutions Can Lead To Recurring Revenue

    At Channel Transitions Midwest on October 7, 2014 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Chicago-Oak Brook, Chester Ritchie, senior VP of strategic partnerships at WorldPay, displays payment solutions and discusses how solutions providers can establish recurring revenue streams.

  • GFI MAX Demonstrates Patch Management Feature
    GFI MAX Demonstrates Patch Management Feature

    At Channel Transitions Midwest on October 7, 2014 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Chicago-Oak Brook, Nadia Karatsoreos, community manager for GFI MAX, introduces sales engineer Andrew Crihfield who demonstrates the platform’s patch management feature.

  • 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.

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