This week in the news, there are reports that a government-grade malware has fallen into hacker hands, while an international collaboration was created to target the Shylock Trojan. An interview with Mike McConnell reveals his fears of a new major cyber-attack, while Edward Snowden touts SpiderOak over DropBox to protect data from government snooping. And a recent blog post muses about the future of the NIST-NSA relationship.
Take Financial Services To The Cloud
This $213-million company’s record fiscal year is a result of overcoming customers’ cloud fears and expanding its managed services practice.
Why Now Is The Right Time To Sell IP Security
With a market poised for explosive growth over the next three years, smart IT integrators are capitalizing on their advantage over traditional security dealers.
Jump-Start Your As-a-Service Transition
As you might know, we’ve dedicated many pages to educating readers on the value of a managed services model. While the benefits can be great, there also can be some significant hurdles to clear before you sail off into the sunset. Many established MSPs have stories about adopting certain aspects of the model, while ignoring other aspects. This can delay or stifle your success on this model and potentially poison people into thinking that the model isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
The Pitfalls Of Automated Social Media Tools
Like almost any marketing tool, social media can be a two-edged sword. If handled with care, a tweet can be engaging and appealing, generating brand awareness and positive consumer responses; if they are thoughtless or insensitive, they can severely damage your brand.
Things To Include In Your Elevator Speech
In this age of social media, coupled with our instant access to information from anywhere at any time, you might think the need for a traditional elevator pitch is obsolete. However, the old sales practice of crafting a short, succinct introduction to your organization may be more relevant than ever.
3 Security Strategies Worth Considering Along With EMV, BYOD
A spate of high-profile data breaches and the ongoing threats posed by antiquated magnetic stripe technology has created the need for transformation across the retail and financial sectors — including the upcoming adoption of Europay-MasterCard-Visa (EMV) global standard chip cards throughout the U.S.
Is Cloud Profitability An Oxymoron?
The IT channel exists because businesses — especially SMBs — have a difficult time keeping up with the demands of IT. Yet with the growing adoption of cloud computing, some industry pundits are questioning where the channel fits. To successfully ride this shifting IT environment, channel companies must move their focus from technology provider to service provider. In this way, channel companies can remain relevant and become even more valuable to their overloaded SMB customers.
Is Your Cloud-Based Phone Provider Your Competition?
If you are a managed services provider (MSP), odds are you are constantly seeking new partners who can help you offer new products and services while complementing your existing lines of business. Finding the right fit can be enough of a challenge — but did you know that some cloud-based phone service providers may, in some ways, be your competition?
WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES
Steps Taken To Avoid Data Loss And Ensure Continuity At Junior Achievement Of New York
The home page of Junior Achievement of New York (JANY) states it “Teaches Young People About Money Management and How Business Works.” Well, JANY nearly learned the ultimate lesson in both when they experienced catastrophic system failure. And what’s worse? They and their Managed Service Provider (MSP) did all the right preparations!
The Four T’s Of Marketing
There are so many elements to modern day marketing. From direct mailers and blogs to newsletters and emails, the modern day marketeer has a lot of things to consider when developing a marketing strategy. While there’s no magic 8 ball with all of the answers to your marketing questions, there are ways to make the whole process easier.
The Top 10 Myths About Sales
No matter what point that you look back to in history, you can always find a notable deal, trade, or sale that shaped our world to what it is today. Even with its notoriety, sales is an industry that mystifies most of the general public. Is it about relationship building? Closing no matter what? Tricking someone into doing what you want?
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|Channel Transitions – Midwest||October 7||Chicago|
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Seagull Scientific Features BarTender Software At Smart VAR Healthcare Summit
David Rau, director of sales, Americas for Seagull Scientific, discusses BarTender software at the Smart VAR Healthcare Summit held on May 6 in New Brunswick, NJ. The software enables data from EHR systems to be partitioned and added to a wristband or label — with the option of applying color.
Cognitive TPG Demonstrates Printing With Security Features
At the Smart VAR Healthcare Summit held on May 6 in New Brunswick, NJ. Joe Howe, business development manager for Cognitive TPG, his company’s printers’ ability to print special security features on plain, thermal paper.
MCL Technologies Demonstrates App Development Tool At Healthcare Summit
Susan Krusee, AMERICAS sales director for MCL Technologies, met conference attendees at the Smart VAR Healthcare Summit held on May 6 in New Brunswick, NJ. She provides information about MCL-Designer, a rapid app development tool/mobile platform cloud computing tool.
Datalogic: Healthcare Providers Are Adopting, Upgrading Technologies
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