As the benefits of interoperability are becoming clearer, questions around costs and fees of reaching those benefits are being raised. Recent surveys by ORC International and PriceWaterhouseCoopers address this and other issues around the interoperability question.
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.
SMBs In 2015: IT Budget For Cloud Solutions, Staying Connected
Solutions providers that understand SMBs’ needs for security, cost savings, and increased efficiency can grow their businesses — as well as customer loyalty.
The Education IT Market Could Offer More Opportunity Than You Think
Schools are buying solutions that help them control operational costs, comply with regulations, and evolve with the ways students consume information.
SMBs Are Getting Their Feet Wet With Hybrid Cloud Storage Solutions
I am likely preaching to the choir when I say, introducing small-to-medium sized business clients (SMB) to a new, highly innovative, many times expensive technology solution is no easy feat. Actually, the introduction isn’t really the hard part — getting that PO signed-off is where it becomes tricky.
5 Effective Ways To Help Your IT Clients Manage Passwords
Managing passwords can get overly complicated. Here are some tips to remember as an IT solutions provider along with how you can make the process easier for end users.
The White House Is Jumping On The Chief Data Officer Trend, Will Enterprises Follow Suit?
Government isn’t known for being on the cutting edge of innovation, because bureaucracy often interferes with decision making. It takes a lot of waiting and discussing before something actually gets done, especially when compared to the more nimble private sector.
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
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.
WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES
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.
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
|MSP World||March 26-27||Orlando|
|Interop||March 27-April 1||Las Vegas|
|Cisco Partner Conference||April 27-30||Montreal|
|Kaseya Connect||April 12-16||Orlando, FL|
|TechSelect Partner Conference||April 21-24||New Orleans|
(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|
|May 19-21||Greenville, SC|
|ASCII Success Summit||May 28-29||Chicago|
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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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
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
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
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.