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Advice For Raising Capital

Unless you’re a lifestyle VAR happy to chug along with a modest business, you’ve probably at one time or another thought about raising capital to help your business reach the next level. Business Solutions recently held a Webinar on the topic of raising capital. While the guests were ISVs, the information they gave applies to any company looking for investors. 

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EXECUTIVE COMMENTARY

  • How To Balance The Tech Side And The Human Side Of Data Security
    How To Balance The Tech Side And The Human Side Of Data Security

    When it comes to a business’ data security strategy, it’s still a huge challenge to protect workers from their own carelessness, poor decision-making, and (occasionally) even their maliciousness, while also staying out of a worker’s way and avoiding data security becoming a cumbersome burden that harms productivity and leaves them irritated.

  • The Smart Way To Make The MSP-To-CSP Transition
    The Smart Way To Make The MSP-To-CSP Transition

    Just about every VAR, MSP, or IT solutions provider I’ve talked to who’s not currently selling cloud solutions and services tells me they’d like to start doing so. But although you can sign up for a free cloud service in less than two minutes, becoming a successful cloud service provider (CSP) isn’t so easy. What’s more, selling cloud requires a different skill set than selling traditional hardware or software, and it’s different than selling managed services, too.

  • Watermarks Flow Naturally From Digital Video Innovations
    Watermarks Flow Naturally From Digital Video Innovations

    It’s rare that something invisible can become a tool powerful enough to change an industry, but that’s precisely the case with digital watermarks. This technology is rooted in digital video innovations and poised to take a giant leap forward, providing a sophisticated way for advertisers to reach a targeted audience.

  • 3 Reasons MSPs, ISVs, And VARs Need To Carefully Consider Data Governance
    3 Reasons MSPs, ISVs, And VARs Need To Carefully Consider Data Governance

    The way the world uses data has changed. In a short span of time, the amount of data created globally has increased at a geometric rate. We’re no longer thinking in terms of gigabytes, terabytes or even petabytes — we’re in the age of a data universe measured in exabytes and zettabytes (that’s one trillion gigabytes, if you can believe it).

  • The ROI Of Quality Audio In Unified Communications Environments
    The ROI Of Quality Audio In Unified Communications Environments

    Businesses pour a sizable investment into their telephony systems and telecom resellers and dealers want to profit from those opportunities. Dealers are under pressure to compete, and are typically motivated to cut costs on their systems to capture the sale. Sadly, this often leads to less-than-adequate choices when ordering headsets, even for sophisticated unified communications environments.

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WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES

  • Your Smart Manufacturing IT Clients Capitalize On Manufacturing Data
    Your Smart Manufacturing IT Clients Capitalize On Manufacturing Data

    A major challenge faced by manufacturers is the state of data useable to glean actionable intelligence. Manufacturing, compared to industries that are using more sophisticated data analytics tools — like advertising and finance — is often scrambling to find better ways to use data to improve quality and efficiency.

  • Communications System Brings CPA Firm New Capabilities, Monthly Savings

    Talk about growth: In a single year, KPM CPAs of Springfield, MO, acquired not one, but two separate accounting firms, bringing on clusters of new employees in waves of 15 to 30 people at a time. To keep pace with this growth trajectory, KPM moved into a new building, bringing 110 personnel from all three previous companies into one environment.

  • Defending SMBs With Cloud-Managed Security

    Technology is a two edged sword. On one side, the introduction of new applications, devices, and web services makes people’s lives and jobs easier and more productive. On the other, the increase in user mobility, the migration to faster data pipes and the exchange of more information open businesses up to new threats and increased susceptibility to cyber attacks.

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MANAGED SERVICES INDUSTRY EVENTS

BlueStar VARTECH September 14-18 Cococay    
ASCII Success Summit      September 17-18 Washington, D.C.    
Continuum Navigate September 27-29 Las Vegas    
Channel Transitions –Midwest September 24 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

  • VARs Opportunities In  Healthcare: Small Hospitals, Group And Independent Practices
    VARs Opportunities In Healthcare: Small Hospitals, Group And Independent Practices

    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.

  • 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.

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