EDITOR'S DESK

  • What VARs & MSPs Can Learn From The Trump Campaign’s IT Provider
    What VARs & MSPs Can Learn From The Trump Campaign’s IT Provider

    The Wall Street Journal’s homepage on January 17 featured a headline that included the words “IT Firm.” VARs and MSPs take note: a fellow solutions provider is caught up in a nasty, politically-charged debate being litigated on a national scale. Obviously, your clients are not paying you in large sums of cash handed over in plastic Wal-Mart bags. This story is preposterous in so many ways, and it’s far outside the realm of what’s normal for how VARs and MSPs operate. As absurd as the entire situation might be, this story does raise a few legitimate questions about IT service provider business models that are worth rehashing.

VARs: What Is Your Plan B?

Getting to Plan B: Breaking Through to a Better Business Model is a must-read for leaders in the channel who come from a tech background and not from a business background. Here are some of the top takeaways for VARs.

Client Security Training: Partnership Drives The Opportunity

In a sweeping interview for Channel Executive Magazine, seasoned IT executive and SRC Technologies President and CEO BJ Havlik shared the wisdom behind his new-solution onboarding philosophy. In doing so, he zeroed in directly on the relatively new client IT security training opportunity.

Bellini Challenges The Channel To Save The World

Citing statistics that predict the world population (currently at 7.7 billion) leveling off at around 11 billion by 2100, ConnectWise president Arnie Bellini called on the IT channel to play a lead role in the global challenges associated with overpopulation at his annual IT Nation Connect conference in Orlando last week.

4 Prime Examples Of Uncomfortable IT Services Growth

I just returned from the Ingram Micro ONE event in Washington, DC and here’s what I liked most about it. If I’ve heard one vendor or distributor exec implore a crowd of their VAR and MSP customers to do something innovative, something non-traditional, with their clients, I’ve heard a million.

GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • 6 Tips For Building Vertical Market Expertise
    6 Tips For Building Vertical Market Expertise

    With competition increasing and pricing pressures cutting into margins, many of you have opted to target vertical markets and applications in order to differentiate yourselves and tap into more lucrative lines of business.

  • What Is The Difference Between Sales Enablement And Sales Operations?
    What Is The Difference Between Sales Enablement And Sales Operations?

    The world of sales and marketing encompasses a lot of different positions. To simply say you are in marketing or sales doesn’t do nearly enough to accurately convey what you actually do in your day-to-day. And to outsiders who aren’t familiar, the nuances of different positions can be lost on them. One of the biggest questions we see being asked nowadays is ‘what is the difference between sales enablement and sales operations?”

  • Seven Retail Trends To Watch In 2019
    Seven Retail Trends To Watch In 2019

    Barring some unforeseen event, retailers have lots of reasons to feel positive as we head into the new year. The economy is good, consumer confidence is high and retail is stronger than might be expected, considering the often-repeated predictions of a retail apocalypse.

  • A Headset Is No Longer Just A Headset!

    Today, simple headsets are bundled as free accessories to any mobile phone, giving them a perception of “nice to have” gimmicks in the consumer market. But in some areas, such as professional office environments, headsets are so much more than mere accessories, having evolved into complex pieces of IT equipment that can transform the business of communication. Jesper Kock, Director of Research and Development at Sennheiser Communications explains why that is and why the right choice of headsets is crucial for businesses.

  • What’s Next? Webroot’s 2019 Cybersecurity Predictions

    At Webroot, we stay ahead of cybersecurity trends in order to keep our customers up-to-date and secure. As the end of the year approaches, our team of experts has gathered their top cybersecurity predictions for 2019. What threats and changes should you brace for?

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VAR WHITE PAPERS

  • Securing DECT Devices

    This paper addresses the security of Sennheiser DECT Contact Center and Office (CC&O) headsets. It describes the DECT security chain comprised of “Pairing”, “Per Call Authentication” and “Encryption”, which are all part of the standard DECT protocol.

  • An Introduction To Bluetooth® Security

    Bluetooth® is a wireless technology standard for exchanging voice and data over short distances between Bluetooth enabled devices. Ericsson introduced Bluetooth to the market in 1994 to overcome the challenges of connecting devices with different types of technology and communication protocols.

  • Show Your Clients That Their Online Presence Can Make Or Break Their Business

    Your client’s online presence matters — and it matters in a big way. Resellers can help clients grow their businesses and simultaneously deepen their relationships by guiding them in the use of digital tools and explaining why they matter.

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FEATURED SUPPLIERS

  • SherWeb
    SherWeb

    SherWeb has been helping businesses around the world work smarter in the cloud since 1998. Our cloud solutions help companies be more agile in today’s competitive market and trim IT costs.

  • CloudBerry
    CloudBerry

    CloudBerry Lab™ is a vendor for CloudBerry Backup, a leading cross-platform cloud backup and disaster recovery solution integrated with major public cloud services, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, and almost every S3-compatible or OpenStack based cloud storage service.

  • Global Technology Systems, Inc.
    Global Technology Systems, Inc.

    Global Technology Systems is the trusted expert in mobile power technology. GTS designs and manufactures high-performance batteries, chargers, and power management technologies for essential mobile devices. Millions of business professionals, public safety, government, and military worldwide rely on GTS to power mission critical communications and mobile computing applications. Founded in 2000, GTS is headquartered in Framingham, MA.

  • Sennheiser
    Sennheiser

    Sennheiser is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of headphones, microphones, and wireless transmission systems. With 20 sales subsidiaries and long-established trading partners, the company is active in more than 50 countries and operates its own production facilities in Germany, Ireland, and the USA.

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

     

  • Barracuda MSP
    Barracuda MSP

    At Barracuda MSP, our mission is to drive the success of our IT service provider partners, delivering industry-leading security and data protection via a purpose-built MSP platform, steadfast commitment to partner success, and a wealth of channel expertise.

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

 

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • 8 Steps To Keeping Your Company’s Online Reputation Spotless
    8 Steps To Keeping Your Company’s Online Reputation Spotless

      At some point, as business owners, we must assess the size and scope of intangible value such as brand, reputation, goodwill, and intellectual assets. These items can comprise upwards of 70 percent of the overall value of our businesses.

  • Best Processes For Onboarding New Clients
    Best Processes For Onboarding New Clients

    The onboarding process is your new client’s first true exposure to your firm’s support process. If done successfully, it cements a productive and profitable relationship. If done poorly, it makes your firm look disorganized and unprepared.

  • One Take: Datto Is For Small MSPs Too

    In this episode of One Take, Datto CEO Austin McChord explains how Datto is the perfect partner for MSPs of all sizes. Austin dispels the common myth that Datto is only for enterprise MSPs. To learn more about some perfect solutions for smaller MSPs such as ALTO 3, check out the video below.

  • What It Really Takes To Run A High Performing MSP Team
    What It Really Takes To Run A High Performing MSP Team

    Limited time is the number one factor that limits any company's growth potential. This leads to a lack of focus, a lack of service quality and limits your ability to specialize.

  • 2 Key Tools To Help MSPs Grow

    This webinar from Datto + Autotask takes a look at Autotask PSA and Autotask Endpoint Management and how they can help your MSP grow.

  • Talk Nerdy To Me: Why MSPs Need A PSA
    Talk Nerdy To Me: Why MSPs Need A PSA

    In this episode of Talk Nerdy to Me, Datto's Direct of Product Management, Joe Rourke, discusses the benefits of PSA. 

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FEATURED PRODUCTS

  • Barracuda Backup - MSP
    Barracuda Backup - MSP

    Barracuda Backup – MSP appliance is an all-in-one, subscription-based solution that simplifies data backup and recovery from advanced threats, disasters and human error. Also available in a virtual version, the appliance is flexible enough to meet the requirements of your customers running physical, virtual, and multi-site environments – all from a single, centralized management console.

  • Cash Drawer Caddy™ SPM Organizer
    Cash Drawer Caddy™ SPM Organizer

    Sleek and streamlined, the Caddy™ SPM cleans up your work space cabling and allows positioning of your LCD display for greater productivity. Reposition your LCD to organize your POS workstation with just a touch.

  • Stratis™ Tablet Holder Cash Drawer Integration System
    Stratis™ Tablet Holder Cash Drawer Integration System

    A MOBILE SOLUTION FOR GREATER FEXIBILITY

    APG’s Stratis™ tablet holder is designed for retailers who want the look and feel of an integrated POS terminal while maintaining the flexibility of Thinbility POS. Designed to present the tablet to both the clerk and the customer with a smooth rail system, the adjustable clamping system allows for a variety of tablet sizes to be used. A hidden button releases the tablet converting it from a thin POS station to a mobile solution in seconds.

  • Roadmap To Profitability Financial Dashboard
    Roadmap To Profitability Financial Dashboard

    Taylor Business Group is pleased to offer the Roadmap to Profitability Financial Dashboard, a revolutionary way of looking at your financials.

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