Everything As A Service: The New Frontier In ITSM
Everything As A Service: The New Frontier In ITSM

Airlines don’t buy engines to fly their planes. They buy engine operating time, in hours, to fly their planes. Oil companies, which need pipelines to transport their oil, don’t buy leak-detection equipment to guard against leaks. They buy the service from a company that specializes in providing that service to oil companies that have pipelines to run.

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    How MSPs Can Overcome Disaster Recovery Planning Objections

    Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are becoming increasingly vulnerable to security risks and data loss resulting from malware attacks, DDoS attacks, server failures, and natural disaster. Here’s why — many believe they are too small to be a target for cybercriminals; and/or will never experience a fire, flood, or other catastrophic incident.

  • 3 Trends Changing How MSPs Work
    3 Trends Changing How MSPs Work

    The managed services market is changing rapidly and, if you are not staying on top of the plethora of new technologies introduced almost daily you’ll find yourself left behind, struggling to stay relevant. By Corey Kirkendoll, President/CEO, 5k Technical Services and ASCII Group Member Since 2016

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AP Automation: Streamline The Business Process Safely And Securely

Automation should support your process and feel like a natural part of the flow of your daily work. In business payments, automation should be intuitive and maintain visibility, traceability, and control across all payment types. Payments are an easy place to start for AP automation. Payment automation can be implemented in 45 to 90 days with minimal IT involvement and no change in internal processes.

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    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
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    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.

  • Partner Program Insider 2016
    Partner Program Insider 2016

    Are your vendor partners merely providers of product for you to sell, or true partners that are walking with you hand-in-hand and working to help you succeed? If you didn’t answer “true partners,” it might be time to reevaluate the relationship.

  • Best Channel Vendors 2016
    Best Channel Vendors 2016

    Here are 2016's Best Channel Vendors, listed first by technology category (Business Continuity through VoIP) and then by technology subcategory. One of the main purposes of this special report is to give our resellers a guide to who their peers think are Best Channel Vendors.

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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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    Bematech has over three decades of expertise in the United States with a wide distribution network that covers over 500,000 points of sale in 37 countries. The company operates four R&D excellence centers, with over 1,200 professionals in Brazil, China, Taiwan, United States, and Argentina. Comprehensive customer service and technical support based in the United States. Bematech prides itself on being a knowledge based leader in the industry offering complete and customizable POS bundles including All-in-Ones, kitchen display systems, cash drawers, scanners, printers, touch monitors, customer displays and more.

  • Vantiv Integrated Payments
    Vantiv Integrated Payments

    Vantiv Integrated Payments provides integrated payment processing solutions that help businesses prosper. Known for secure and reliable processing, Mercury’s solutions are built into the POS, helping merchants reduce errors in data entry, manage cash flow, and minimize risk.

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    RSPA
    RSPA stands for Retail Solutions Providers Association. We are the only association dedicated to the retail technology industry.  

     

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