GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • Myth Buster: Data Fatigue Is Not Real!

    The noise is real. Of that, we can agree. It started way back in history – whoops, wrong topic (shout out to all of you who know that lyric). Basic packet captures – the final arbiter of proof, started all this and has continued nonstop until this very day. Every security analyst worth his/her salt asks for the packet captures. Why do we have all this data? Do we need it all? With IOT today, my toaster can tell me how many toast points I have burned since 2019. Do we care? Should we care? To be honest, I’m not sure I want folks to know I struggle getting my toast just right :).

  • MSP Industry Trends To Watch For In 2020

    Yes, it’s another one of these forward-looking new year posts. But we’re extremely confident ours will prove to be more accurate than the rest. In 2019 there were 3 notable trends that give indication of what can be expected in the coming year.

  • Foresight Is 2020: Predictions For The Coming Year

    January brings with it new hope and new energy, but before you chart a course for the year, it’s always good to see which way the winds are blowing.

  • How To: Naming Conventions For Documentation

    Consistent naming conventions are crucial to getting the most out of your documentation. With strong naming conventions, you’ll be able to find documents efficiently, avoid creating duplicate documents, and easily understand the contents of a document without having to click into it. It’s important to get naming conventions correct early on to avoid having to go back and update a bunch of documents later. Remember, naming conventions are all about utility; once the system is learned, anybody should be able to interpret the document name accurately.

  • How To Develop A Team That Can Self Serve

    When your team is operating like a finely-tuned machine, with little intervention on your part, you’re positioned for growth. Your leadership team - from the CEO down to the senior techs - have more time to focus on growth activities when the rest of the team is running itself. But it’s easier to say than to do, so let’s go over a few pointers on how to get your team to a point where they self-serve.

VAR WHITE PAPERS

  • Top 20 Best Tech Cities For IT Jobs

    The CompTIA Tech Town Index illustrates that IT pros are in demand and have nearly endless options when choosing where to live and work. With overall cost of living an essential to 82% of tech workers, and nearly two-thirds citing weather and commute times as important factors as well, the good news is that tech workers have the opportunity to write their own stories.

  • What Resellers Really Look For When Partnering With ISVs

    Ask executives at the world’s leading software companies the secrets to their company’s success and they’ll offer up the usual answers: value, simplicity, the right offerings, a tough interview process leading to the hiring of the right people … the list goes on and you’re most likely already familiar with it. Notice, however, these answers focus on what can be done internally — those things the company has control over.

  • Simplified 400-Gbps Cabling Deployment Solutions With Cisco Nexus 3000 Series Switches

    With the ever-expanding bandwidth needs that virtualization and cloud technologies have applied to the data center network, staying ahead of the curve is extremely important to maintain a competitive advantage. This document introduces products from Cisco and Panduit that address the associated needs. This document also maps the logical designs to the physical layout and displays those products deployed within the data center network.

FEATURED SUPPLIERS

  • EVO Payments

    EVO Payments, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVOP) is a leading payment technology and services provider. We offer an array of innovative, reliable, and secure payment solutions to merchants ranging from small and mid-size enterprises to multinational companies and organizations across North America and Europe.

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

     

  • Panduit

    Panduit is a world leader that engineers flexible, end-to-end electrical and network connectivity physical infrastructure solutions that help businesses stay connected in a global world. Our high-performance products improve productivity and offer a lower total cost of ownership to create a competitive business advantage.

  • The ASCII Group

    The ASCII Group is a vibrant community of independent MSPs, VARS and solution providers in North America. The organization offers members leveraged purchasing programs, education and training, knowledge sharing among peers, discounts on business services, and more. Founded in 1984 by Alan Weinberger, ASCII is the oldest and largest group of independent IT solution providers, integrators and VARS in the world.

  • Stellar Cyber

    Stellar Cyber’s Starlight is the world’s first open detection/response (Open-XDR) platform, connecting the dots throughout the entire security infrastructure and automatically responding to attacks wherever they occur. Starlight integrates dozens of security applications from an App Store and presents results in an intuitive dashboard to supercharge analyst productivity.

  • Taylor Business Group

    Taylor Business Group is an executive coaching and peer group firm that focuses on IT Solution Providers and Copier Dealers. Founded in 2001, Taylor has brought efficiencies and higher profits to IT Solution Providers through a focused effort in delivering best practices to the Service Provider and Copier Dealer's service, sales and administrative functions.

INDUSTRY PARTNERS AND ASSOCIATIONS

ASCII CompTIA HTG Peer Groups Small Biz Thoughts
SMB TechFest 2112 Group RSPA Money 20/20
Shoptalk ASP Drone Dealer Expo Michael E Gerber Companies

 

VAR INSIGHTS CONTENT COLLECTIONS

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It’s never been harder to be a value added reseller than now. VARs operate on low margins, there are more distributors to choose from than you know what to do with, technology and pricing are constantly changing, and you need to regularly stay updated about the latest technology and the newest products in the market. VAR Insights has compiled an E-book to help you overcome these challenges. It's authored by business owners such as yourself and we're sure this guide will help you avoid some common mistakes.

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CHANNEL EXECUTIVE DIGITAL MAGAZINE

Channel Executive magazine Digital Edition

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • Winning Recruiting Strategies For 2020 – And Beyond

    Remember the #1 employee recruiting tool 10 years ago? Newspapers. Today print classified ads are about as effective as inserting a floppy disk into an iPad. So, what is working in 2020? Successful VARs and ISVs are implementing these five recruiting strategies. 

  • New Cash Management Solution Brings Order To Cannabis Dispensary's Cash-Handling

    When you’re running a cash business, keeping track of all proceeds from transactions is vital. But it isn’t easy. Just ask the owners of the Green America cannabis dispensary in Perris, CA. The store had virtually no controls and procedures for cash handling; employees issued no transaction receipts for traceability, and often grabbed bills from tills to pay suppliers and for petty-cash type transactions. 

  • Future-Proof Your Fiber Infrastructure

    Increasing traffic within data centers requires fiber optic link bandwidth capacity to keep expanding over time. But how do you avoid repeat rip-and-replace upgrades?

  • How To Get MORE Word Of Mouth Referrals

    Discover how caring about your clients and contacts can be a powerful marketing weapon. Learn more about the four pillars of word of mouth strategy: over delivery; listening; surprise; and non-self-serving acts.

  • Lockdown Lessons 3: Closing Security Gaps

    We can all agree: it’s the nature of technology to advance. Cybercrime is no exception to this rule, and neither are the tools we use to stop attacks. But you’d be surprised how much a business can accomplish in terms of their own security simply by keeping existing systems up to date and using technology to their best advantage. For instance, just staying on top of patches and disabling unnecessary services that may be on by default can go a long way toward closing security gaps.

  • Lockdown Lessons Episode 3: Closing Security Gaps

    From regular patches to disabling RDP, there are lots of simple steps you can take to lock down your security strategy. Watch our Lockdown Lessons videos to see what crucial measures you may be missing.

FEATURED PRODUCTS

  • Service Organization: Toolset And Process Optimization

    Good processes support your team, not stifle them, enabling them to operate at their highest levels.  This is doubly true for managed service providers, where operational efficiency and effectiveness are critical to client retention, team retention, and profitability.

  • NetPRO® Interface Mobile Solution Ethernet Interface

    APG’s NetPRO® interface for cash drawers are available in both wired and wireless configurations and will communicate with retailer’s mobile POS devices for cash drawer control. NetPRO® cash drawers have the ability to collect transaction data, supplying the information necessary to identify security issues and to validate cashier training. NetPRO® cash drawer access alert features can activate security cameras, time and date stamp security video recordings, and broadcast alert messages to a store manager’s mobile devices.

  • SMARTtill™ Cash Management Solution

    ACHIEVE CASH HANDLING EXCELLENCE

    The SMARTtill® Solution is a new revolution in cash management, enabling retailers to reduce cash losses, reduce the cost of cash handling, and improve in-store productivity.

  • Webroot DNS Protection

    A More Secure Way to Connect Your Business to the Internet.