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  • An Introduction To VARinsights
    An Introduction To VARinsights

    VARs are feeling the pinch. Hardware margins are a sliver of what they used to be. The as-a-Service, cloud, and subscription-based business models that are falling into favor among customers pose a tough transition for your business. Meanwhile, competition is mounting from every angle—startups, ISOs, the Internet, and a bevy of other service providers are all chipping away at your base.

GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • Resellers – Are Your Current Channel Providers The Best Solution For Your Customers? If Not, What Next?
    Resellers – Are Your Current Channel Providers The Best Solution For Your Customers? If Not, What Next?

    A friend or business colleague sells you an insurance policy, promising that it is the best insurance policy out there.  Great!  You purchase the policy because you want the best.  Two years later your agent switches companies.  Your agent reaches out to you to sell you a new policy from the new company which is touted as the best policy out there.  What?  Don’t you already have the best policy on the market?  Well … you did when your agent worked for their prior company, but you don’t necessarily have the best policy right now … or do you? 

  • Resellers Of ERP Solutions Need This Fencing Skill – Think Two Moves Ahead Or Lose
    Resellers Of ERP Solutions Need This Fencing Skill – Think Two Moves Ahead Or Lose

    ARRRGH!\ o, this is not me living my fantasy as a swashbuckler, though as a fencing instructor (a healthy and fun diversion of mine), it would not be too far from reality.  Rather, it is an expression of angst when I hear Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems reduced to being called “accounting” or “financial” systems. I let the rather defamatory term slide when it comes from the chief financial officer or vice president of finance at a client of mine: hey, I am pretty picky about most things but even I have my limitations. But I cringe when I hear it from the reseller, because I know that this is a reseller with a myopic focus.

  • The Channel Faces Another Difficult Transition: And This Time It Is Not A Technology Or Business Model Change
    The Channel Faces Another Difficult Transition: And This Time It Is Not A Technology Or Business Model Change

    The global IT channel have proven to be remarkable change-agents, both in front of their customers and inside their own businesses. Thinking about the amount of churn over the past 35 years can be downright dizzying.

  • Why Resellers Need To Consider Rewriting Their Playbook

    I am not much of a history buff, but there are simply some historical events that fascinate me for their business relevance.  One such event is Admiral Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar.

  • Digital Transformation: 5 Stages To Being Fully Optimized

    The term “Digital Transformation” is de rigueur: it is often highlighted in news stories and ongoing corporate communications globally and is even the subject of recent TED talks. However, as IDC often points out, Digital Transformation is a journey and there are five stages to being fully optimized.

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VAR WHITE PAPERS

  • 2017 Cyberthreat Defense Report

    The first three installments of the Cyberthreat Defense Report (CDR) began the process of looking beyond major breaches and the never-ending evolution of cyberthreats to better understand what IT security teams are doing to defend against them.

  • Cybersecurity: Can Overconfidence Lead To An Extinction Event?

    In this 2017 security survey, the overall responses strongly suggest that executive boards of enterprises and small to medium-size businesses (SMBs) are confident of their cyberthreat preparedness, low vulnerability, and data protection. The data reflects that their CIOs, heads of IT, and even their CISOs are all equally clear: we are secure.

  • Webroot Keeps Winning With MSPs

    According to several industry surveys and analyst groups, the top technology priority for small and medium businesses (SMBs) is security for the third consecutive year. To help managed service providers (MSPs) capitalize on the needs of their core customer base, numerous security vendors have been lining up to empower MSPs with security tools. However, there is one security vendor with a sizable market share lead in the MSP space. According to last year’s MSPmentor 501 survey data, Webroot owns a 30% market share with the world’s top MSPs. In fact, the next closest antivirus player within the MSP market only commands an 15% market share.

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FEATURED SUPPLIERS

  • CompTIA
    CompTIA

    CompTIA is the voice of the world's information technology (IT) industry.

  • 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.

  • Jenne, Inc. / Extreme Networks
    Jenne, Inc. / Extreme Networks

    Jenne, Inc. is a leading value-added distributor of technology products and solutions focusing on voice, video, data networking, premise security and cloud. Jenne is committed to providing value-added resellers, integrators and service providers with a broad product selection, competitive pricing, on-time accurate delivery, outstanding technical support plus ongoing sales and technical training.

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

     

  • Webroot
    Webroot

    Webroot delivers intelligent cybersecurity for endpoint, mobile and web to channel partners, consumers, businesses, and enterprises worldwide. Powered by its BrightCloud® collective threat intelligence network, Webroot protects the internet of everything. Our cloud-based threat detection, high performance, lightweight agents, and single, web-based point of control have changed the way businesses think about protecting mobile devices, PCs and servers. Named a ‘Visionary’ in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms, Webroot’s smarter approach to security is why companies including Cisco, F5 Networks, GateProtect, HP, Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks, Proofpoint, RSA and others choose our solutions for advanced threat protection for their security products and services.

  • Harbortouch
    Harbortouch

    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.

INDUSTRY PARTNERS AND ASSOCIATIONS

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SMB TechFest 2112 Group RSPA Money 20/20
Shoptalk ASP Drone Dealer Expo Michael E Gerber Companies

 

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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • IT Admins Give Their Take On The State Of Endpoint Security

    In a recent survey, conducted by Opinion Matters on behalf of VIPRE, IT administrators chimed in on a plethora of topics surrounding endpoint security. Here’s a look at some of the standout numbers from The VIPRE Report.

  • Partner's Guide To Fighting Ransomware

    Hundreds of thousands of ransomware attacks take place every single day. Everyone is a target. No one is immune.

  • Manufacturer Brand Erosion: A Two Part Series
    Manufacturer Brand Erosion: A Two Part Series

    A brand is more than just a name; it’s the identifier that creates the perception of a company among its customers. Walk into a grocery store, and you’re surrounded by brands. Grocery stores have in a sense become warehouses for product brands. But what about a store’s own brand?

  • Why Loyalty Programs Could Be The Tipping Point For Mobile Payments
    Why Loyalty Programs Could Be The Tipping Point For Mobile Payments

    Mobile wallets have been around for years now, and industry experts have called them The Next Big Thing in payments for their entire existence. But adoption rates have never quite matched up to the enthusiasm and excitement—while mobile wallet share is increasing month to month, it's still dwarfed by physical card transactions.

  • 2017 Webroot Cyberthreat Defense Report Infographic

    Webroot's 2017 cyberthreat survey report takes a look at the most susceptible nations, the rise of cyberattacks, the top industries where security budgets are increasing, and more in this infographic.

  • Automation: The Key To #MSProfits
    Automation: The Key To #MSProfits

    Savvy MSPs know that automation improves efficiency and strengthens their bottom line. In a nutshell, automation enables an MSP to reduce the amount of time its technicians spend handling routine or repetitive tasks, thus cutting costs for service delivery and freeing those techs to devote more attention to activities that generate more revenue.

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  • Summit X450-G2 Series
    Summit X450-G2 Series

    Scalable advanced aggregation switch with ExtremeXOS® modular operating system.

  • ExtremeWireless™ 3935i/e Indoor Access Point
    ExtremeWireless™ 3935i/e Indoor Access Point

    Enterprise-Grade, Ultra-High Performance for Demanding High-Density Deployments.

  • CD330/CD330S Cash Drawer
    CD330/CD330S Cash Drawer

    Bematech cash drawers offer unparalleled reliability and value, with failure rates one-fifth that of other leading cash drawer vendors according to industry sources. Best of all, these high quality cash drawers are available at prices that drive superior value.

  • Zip Schedules
    Zip Schedules

    Employee scheduling that only takes minutes.

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