Using Automation To Drive Profitability — Tips For MSPs
Using Automation To Drive Profitability — Tips For MSPs

As competition in the MSP space continues to grow, it can exert downward pressure on MSPs’ pricing models and profit margins.

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    How To Add Security To Your Offering

    One of the most dynamic components of our services offerings is security. Not only is it ever-changing, but there are countless variations and forms of protection we need to be aware of and be providing to our clients. When you then consider the number of software manufacturers in that security space, it can become overwhelming and confusing as to how to approach security for your clients.

  • Closing MSP Deals Through Emotional Based Selling
    Closing MSP Deals Through Emotional Based Selling

    Frank DeBenedetto, CEO at Two River Technology Group, LLC and audIT Sales Presentation System, has over two decades hands-on experience implementing IT strategies. DeBenedetto imparted lessons he learned over the past 20 years during the second day of presentations at the ASCII Success Summit — Columbus held May 17 to 18 at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square.

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Are You Ready For The Hybrid Business Model?

For many Unified Communications providers and IT VARs, having a mix of recurring revenue services and traditional hardware and software sales is the key to sustainability and increased profitability.

We Infected Ourselves With Ransomware: Here’s What We Learned

Datto infected their own computers with Ransomware to see if their solution could overcome the challeneges MSPs and their customers face every day. See what happened in this on-demand webinar.

Managed Networking Services: The Next Chapter In The IT Channel

Learn more about managed networking services and how you can include it in your offerings in this on-demand webinar.

4 Tips for Hiring Quality Staff At Your MSP

Learn more about hiring the right people for the right positions at your MSP business with these 4 tips.

MSP? 4 Tips For Social Media Marketing

Check out these 4 tips that will help you grow your social media marketing for your MSP business.

3 Tips For Beating The MSP Competition

Learn how you can improve your MSP business with these 3 quick tips to help you beat the competition.

4 Tips For Lead Generation Success

Learn how you can generate better and more leads with these 4 tips form the Business Made MSPeasy series.

Remove Cost And Time As Barriers To EMV Upgrades

Despite being about 18 months past the EMV liability shift of 2015, EMV adoption within the United States has yet to hit a tipping point. For a variety of reasons, adoption has been slower than some might hope. One factor affecting adoption rates is the cost of the EMV terminal upgrade. If merchants don’t see the value of an EMV upgrade, paying thousands of dollars to replace their existing — and working — mag-stripe readers can be a tough sell for VARs, software developers, and ISOs.

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  • Partner Program Insider 2017
    Partner Program Insider 2017

    A vendor’s partner program is an often overlooked component of a solutions provider’s business that can have a real impact on success. By taking full advantage of a partner program, you can gain access to marketing materials, training, support, assistance with sales, lead generation, and more. Unfortunately, not all programs work the way they should, nor do solutions providers always take full advantage of the opportunities that exist, ultimately leaving money on the table.

  • Best Channel Vendors 2017
    Best Channel Vendors 2017

    Our Best Channel Vendors survey, conducted with statisticians from Penn State, takes a look at the best vendors in Business Continuity/BDR, Data Collection/Mobility, Labeling, ECM Hardware & Software, General Computing, Networking & Security, POS Hardware & Software, Payment Processing, Managed Services, Video Surveillance/Access Control, and VoIP as voted by your peers.

  • The Annual Guide To POS & Payment Processing Trends
    The Annual Guide To POS & Payment Processing Trends

    If you want to know more about EMV and how to maximize your payments-related revenue, this guide is for you. After surveying both small and large retailers on their top technology needs (and where they plan to spend), surveying our own readers, and studying analysts’ data on the market, we came up with a list of the four most important topics of today and the near future: payment processing (special focus on security/EMV and mobility), mobile POS, POS-as-a-Service, and customer experience/ engagement.

  • 2016 VAR & ISV's Guide To EMV & Payment Security
    2016 VAR & ISV's Guide To EMV & Payment Security

    Many IT solutions providers, both VARs and software developers, rank dealing with payment security slightly higher than a trip to the dentist. It’s not something people want to spend time on. To most, payment security is not a money-making profit center. Additionally, the rules seem to be ever-changing and nearly impossible to get ahead of. To top it off, the bad guys always seem to be one step ahead.

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    Harbortouch is a leading national provider of touch-screen point of sale (POS) systems and payment processing services. As pioneers of the “as a service” model, Harbortouch offers an unprecedented “free” POS program that allows the company’s sales partners to offer a full-featured POS system with no up-front costs.

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    For more than 30 years, APG Cash Drawer has been designing and delivering cash drawers with a variety of size, color, interface, and integration options. An APG cash drawer will provide years of smooth, trouble free service with virtually no downtime, no service required, and no headaches. Our cash drawers are so well constructed and so reliable that our customers install them and forget them - even in the most demanding environments.

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