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Health IT Interoperability Standards Released By ONC
Health IT Interoperability Standards Released By ONC

Healthcare is charging into interoperability, and the Office of the National Coordinatory for Health IT (ONC) has released guidance to smooth things along.

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MAGAZINE ARTICLES

  • Keys To MSP Success From The ASCII Group
    Keys To MSP Success From The ASCII Group

    The Business Solutions ASCII Group Special Edition, Keys To MSP Success From The ASCII Group, made possible through the partnership of Business Solutions and The ASCII Group, includes articles from ASCII members on topics such as transitioning to the managed services business model, entering new vertical markets, and expanding your business to offer new solutions.

  • Get Creative With Restaurant POS

    A VAR lands a $21,000 networking, POS, and managed backup sale for a new restaurant.

  • IoT Needs More Integration Specialists

    Just prior to 2016 I spoke with a bunch of experts in the field of data collection and learned that many felt the Internet of Things (IoT) was the most over-hyped trend of last year. Understand, this is coming mostly from vendors who always have high hopes that a trend is going to take off and become a boon for business.

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EXECUTIVE COMMENTARY

  • The Top 7 Benefits Of Building Situational Awareness In Safe Cities
    The Top 7 Benefits Of Building Situational Awareness In Safe Cities

    Safe city initiatives help cities achieve true situational awareness — both in routine times and during emergency situations — by aggregating a large amount of data and turning it into actionable intelligence.

  • Enhancing The Customer Experience Through The Channel Ecosystem
    Enhancing The Customer Experience Through The Channel Ecosystem

    For small to midsize businesses (SMBs), which represent more than 90 percent of companies in most countries, delivering a superior experience to customers around the world may seem like an impossible task. Fortunately, channel partners are there to help fill that void.

  • The Connected Home — Opportunities And Disruption
    The Connected Home — Opportunities And Disruption

    The home has many large industries serving individual aspects of the entire journey, thus there are many opportunities for ISVs and VARs to engage on either the business or consumers side of the rapidly evolving connected home in the years to come.

  • Human SCADA: The Future Of Enterprise Mobility
    Human SCADA: The Future Of Enterprise Mobility

    New data capture capabilities can create a complete view of the health and activity status of a field worker and, when coupled with a dispatch function, a chance to improve that field worker’s condition or a situation as a whole and to provide the foundation of a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system.

  • Utilities: Winning With Mobile And Cloud Strategies
    Utilities: Winning With Mobile And Cloud Strategies

    One of the ways utilities are increasing their own competitiveness is by enhancing their service offerings (such as recommending smart meters), provide better customer service, become more responsive and, of course, optimize their operations to become more productive. Helping some of these business objectives become a reality are mobile and cloud strategies.

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WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES

  • 5 Aspects Of File Sync Solutions That Make Them Business-Grade

    eFolder has found that, despite the clear demarcation between the needs of “casual” users and working professionals, especially in security and collaboration, many businesspeople still select consumer-grade file sync services because they don’t understand the key differences between consumer-grade and business-grade file sync solutions.

  • 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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MANAGED SERVICES INDUSTRY EVENTS

HTG Centralized Mtg
February 1-5
Phoenix
ASCII Success Summit
February 17-18
San Marco, TX
ISV IQ Live! West February 24, 2016 Santa Ana, CA
Cisco Partner Summit
February 29-Mar 3
San Diego
ASCII Success Summit
March 16-17
Garden Grove, CA
CompTIA Member Meeting
March 22-24
Chicago
SYNNEX Spring VARNEX
April 10-15
Dallas
Ingram Cloud Summit
April 11-13
Phoenix
ASCII Success Summit
April 17-18
Milwaukee, WI
ASCII Success Summit May 25-26 Linthicum, Maryland
Channel Transitions June 2 Philadelphia
ASCII Success Summit June 22-23 Miami Beach, Florida
ASCII Success Summit August 17-18 East Brunswick, New Jersey
Channel Transitions September 14 Boston
ASCII Success Summit September 28-29 Columbus, Ohio
ISV IQ Live! East October 6 Philadelphia
ASCII Success Summit October 13-14 Newport, Rhode Island
ASCII Cup Party October 14 Newport, Rhode Island

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

  • How To Take The First Step Toward Providing IoT Solutions
    How To Take The First Step Toward Providing IoT Solutions

    The Smart VAR Summit: Age Of Intelligence — IoT, Cloud, & Mobility Convergence, powered by ScanSource, Zebra Technologies, and Business Solutions, was filled with advice for integrators and solutions providers on how to deliver Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to their clients.

  • 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.

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