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VARTECH 2016: A Wild Start, A Changing Channel
VARTECH 2016: A Wild Start, A Changing Channel

VARTECH, the annual conference hosted by value-added distributor BlueStar, has a reputation for being the most unusual event in our channel. A parade through New Orleans led by a WiFi-enabled elephant? Been there. Shutting down rush hour traffic in downtown Cincinnati to march in the middle of the street to a baseball game? Done that. Trade show on a cruise ship? BlueStar’s actually pulled that off twice.

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RETAIL MAGAZINE ARTICLES

  • Product Comparison: Restaurant Tablet POS - 2016

    We take a close look at nine tablet-based POS software solutions for the restaurant industry. Which is best for your customers?

  • Big Changes For The Retail IT Channel

    At the time of this writing, I’m fresh off of RSPA RetailNOW 2016. Coming back from an event like RetailNOW, my mind and notebook are overloaded with takeaways from the various education sessions, keynote speakers, and interactions with resellers and vendors. Indeed, over the four-plus days I was in Texas, I have more than 30 pages of notes.

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PREMIUM RETAIL CONTENT

  • Beyond EMV: What’s Next?
    Beyond EMV: What’s Next?

    Merchants across the U.S. have gone through the expense and pains of adopting EMV, expecting it to be the one-stop solution to fraud. As the majority of merchants are implementing EMV, fraudsters are looking for any points of entry. Unfortunately, even EMV has its vulnerabilities.

  • Get Ready For Retail Deployment As A Service
    Get Ready For Retail Deployment As A Service

    No longer an isolated, occasional event, technology deployment occurs almost continuously now, and retailers should be thinking about changing the way they plan, budget, manage, and support deployment cycles in this new world.

  • How To Create Augmented And Virtual Reality Implementations For Retail
    How To Create Augmented And Virtual Reality Implementations For Retail

    Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have been growing in popularity among consumers and are currently poised for explosive growth in the retail industry. By Shaun Kirby, Chief Technology Officer for Rapid Prototyping, Cisco

  • Tips For Solving Top Business Challenges Through Software Development
    Tips For Solving Top Business Challenges Through Software Development

    Historically, software development projects would spend considerable time gathering tedious amounts of requirements from a group of business leaders before the developers write a line of code.  In this process, months can pass by before any tangible results begin to form. However, Agile was created to solve this problem. Agile helps to organize your development into smaller components so that developers can start writing code right away. Agile is effective because the business receives real and tangible results very early in the process. Because of its benefits, Agile enables the developer to meet timelines and expectations; therefore, we learned how to do it really well.

  • Building A Next-Gen Managed Security Practice
    Building A Next-Gen Managed Security Practice

    Managed Service Providers (MSPs) have long served as their customers’ IT security experts. Small- and medium-sized businesses typically do not have the IT expertise or resources in-house, and so rely on their MSPs to provide the high level of IT support they could not create on their own. As the security landscape evolves and becomes more complex, MSPs also find themselves managing multiple vendors for different product areas, from endpoint security, email, disk encryption, network and mobile security, and wireless capabilities.

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FEATURED RETAIL PRODUCTS

  • PartnerTech PT-5700 All-In-One LCD Touch POS Terminal
    PartnerTech PT-5700 All-In-One LCD Touch POS Terminal With simple access to connectivity for peripherals and built-in open architecture to install any software application, the PT-5700 helps lower your total cost of ownership and increases sales efficiency.
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    AccuTouch Terminal

    Dirty fingerprints, dry fingerprints, wet fingerprints, damaged fingerprints... in the real world nearly any fingerprint condition can be quickly read by the Maximus AccuTouch.

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    AXIS P13 Network Camera Series

    AXIS P13 Network Camera Series comprises of indoor and outdoor-ready fixed cameras that deliver superb image quality with H.264 compression.

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RETAIL MULTIMEDIA

  • Clearing Up Confusion: Where Endpoint Security Meets Efficacy, Performance & Affordability
    Clearing Up Confusion: Where Endpoint Security Meets Efficacy, Performance & Affordability

    Today, there are well over 50 vendors who offer some form of endpoint security. Some of them are old familiar names, like Symantec, McAfee, Sophos, and Trend Micro, while others are “next-gen” up-and-comers, such as Cylance, Sentinel One, Tanium, Bromium, and Carbon Black.

  • Covering Your A$$: Next-Gen Threat Landscape

    Today's advanced malware is increasingly difficult to remove and even harder to detect in the first place. In this presentation, we examine the modern threat landscape and discuss the shortcomings of traditional antivirus, as well as how organizations can stay ahead of the malware curve. Malware authors aren't too concerned about what traditional security is capable of blocking, since they've formed reliable tactics to circumvent that protection. Either by leveraging social engineering or advanced evasive tactics, modern malware spells an uphill battle for traditional defenses.

  • EMV Semi-Integrated Solution For ISVs

    The thought of integrating EMV can seem overwhelming and confusing. Many ISVs and VARs are still not aware of the best way to integrate EMV and haven’t yet invested time or money into EMV solutions. With the recent liability shift now in place, the time is now to offer enhanced and secure payment options for your customers. First American Payment System’s Semi-Integrated EMV solution is just what you need to get started down the EMV path. We have done the heavy lifting of certification for you, allowing you to deploy EMV quickly and efficiently.

  • Crypto Ransomware: Fighting A Real Problem With Real Solutions
    Crypto Ransomware: Fighting A Real Problem With Real Solutions

    Crypto ransomware has come a long way over the past 2½ years and no single solution can stop it 100% of the time. But the right recovery and mitigation strategies can help MSPs keep businesses a step ahead of this virulent threat and ensure their clients are effectively protected.

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