Enterprise-ready services have almost doubled in 2014, but there is still risk from shadow IT, according to Skyhigh Networks’ quarterly Cloud Adoption and Risk (CAR) Report.
A Marriage Of POS & Managed Services
This POS VAR is leveraging remote monitoring and management (RMM) tools to provide automated service to his retail and restaurant customers.
The 4 “Nos” That Lead To More Profitable Managed Services “Yeses”
This MSP’s introspection during the recession led to business changes that produced two-years-and-counting of double-digit revenue growth.
Channel Consolidation: Big Trouble Or Business As Usual?
We asked VARs, MSPs, and integrators to share their thoughts on how channel consolidation is affecting business.
Not All Of Your IT Clients Want The Cloud
Cloud computing is the hot thing in IT and your clients might be hearing it’s inevitable. Marketers will try to convince your clients that their data should be in the cloud, sooner or later. Maybe. Maybe not.
Ask Coach: How Do I Develop A True Leadership Team? Part 2
Q: How do I develop a true leadership team? Coach: In our previous discussion on leadership teams, we examined how a diverse team enhances your ability to come up with innovative ideas or to solve complex problems. Just to recap, issues generally have three dimensions: tactical (task), relational (people) and systemic (big picture).
The Transition From Entrepreneur To Leader
Without a doubt the biggest challenges most small businesses face revolve around people.
Selling To The Millennial Customer
Many of us have owned our businesses for numerous years and come from the Boomer Generation. Boomers are frugal for the most part, and were raised with dial telephones, three-channel television, and in a single-income family. We saved our leftovers, ate everything on our plates, and the stores were closed on Sundays. We grew up with a mindset of budgets, and when we got out of college it was the ‘70s. We listened to vinyl records, FM radio, and drove an American-made car.
3 Reasons Why Specialization Is Critical To Success
You’ve more than likely heard the saying, “jack of all trades, master of none,” and while in most cases this applies to individuals, it can also pertain to businesses, including solutions providers and MSPs (managed services providers).
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
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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The Motorola MC9190-G When you need to scan bar codes and collect data in the harshest of environments, Motorola’s MC9190-G is ready for the job.
Autotask Pro Autotask is the all-in-one web-based software that helps VARs, MSPs and IT Service Providers to sell, implement, deliver and bill their services.
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.