EDITOR'S DESK

  • Conversations On The Cloud: A Report From Ingram Cloud Summit X
    Conversations On The Cloud: A Report From Ingram Cloud Summit X

    Gavriella Schuster, VP commercial partnership at Microsoft helped kick off Ingram’s Cloud Summit X in San Diego this week in front of more than 1,500 attendees with an abbreviated history of the IT channel and the rapid change it’s seeing of late. She focused those comments in the context of the cloud’s impact on a channel that’s looked pretty static for the past 40 years.

Thoma Bravo Buys ConnectWise, Bellini Stepping Down

Arnie Bellini is stepping down from the role he forged back in 1988, when he transitioned ConnectWise—then a managed services practice—into a business management platform for tech service providers. Under Bellini’s guidance as CEO and in the 31 years since, ConnectWise grew into an IT channel powerhouse that serves more than 25,000 partners in 65+ countries.

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.

GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • Payments, POS, Security, And Cloud-Based Services Resellers: Who Is Your Competition?
    Payments, POS, Security, And Cloud-Based Services Resellers: Who Is Your Competition?

    To thrive in the new rapidly changing landscape, resellers should take a hard look in the mirror and ask two questions: Who is my competition? and What can I do to succeed in a rapidly evolving industry?

  • Use Automation Testing To Unleash The True Potential Of Your QA Team
    Use Automation Testing To Unleash The True Potential Of Your QA Team

    Software testing is not an easy task, as testers have to deal with repetitive tasks that require attention, record keeping and deadlines. QA testers are overwhelmed by the short deadlines and fast releases of software applications. It makes testing more challenging for them. When new features are added to an application, it needs to be tested from various aspects.

  • 5 Tips For Moving From Break-Fix To MSP
    5 Tips For Moving From Break-Fix To MSP

    Moving from break-fix to managed services can seem overwhelming at first. However, once you dig in, you’ll find the work is well worth it. Managed service provider (MSPs) build steadier recurring revenue from clients than their break-fix counterparts.

  • How MSPs Can Build Recurring Revenue

    MSP leaders often spent a good part of their careers working as a VAR and in the systems integration business, where revenue often comes in large but sporadic doses. Transitioning to a recurring-revenue MSP model can be tough for these people since monthly services income can feel more like a trickle than a fire hose—and it can create pretty painful cash-flow challenges.

  • A Simple Guide To Automation Testing

    There is no doubt that software testing is an important component of developing an application or software. It turns out to be an overwhelming task, but automation testing has changed the way software testing services used to be a few years ago. Though 100% automation is not possible, the right balance between manual and automated testing makes for a perfect testing solution. Testing should not be mistaken for ‘checking’ as testing is an altogether process of achieving quality and performance before the final product release. While investing in automation testing, the sole purpose is to reduce maintenance costs and optimize testing processes for development and quality assurance experts.

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VAR WHITE PAPERS

  • The Complete Guide To Online Backup

    Have you lost your way reselling cloud backup services? This guide is for you. For every MSP, offering Backup as a Service is a guarantee for success. It helps build strong relationships with clients, Increase customer retention and make sustainable revenue. This guide contains marketing, sales and technical information to build a perfect Backup as a Service offer.

  • Online Backup Active Protection: Fighting Back Against Ransomware

    In early 2018, there were 542 identified ransomware families. That number is still growing! Do not wait for ransomware to get in the door, protect your systems and data now. Online Backup Active Protection is the only solution that fights back against ransomware instantly.

  • The Ultimate Guide To Reselling Microsoft 365 Business

    Looking for a new solution that will help your small business clients protect their data and boost your revenue at the same time? According to YouGov and Microsoft, 71% of cyber criminals target small businesses. This eBook will show you why Microsoft 365 Business is your best bet. You will learn what Microsoft 365 Business really is, why you should resell Microsoft 365 and how to pitch the solution to your clients.

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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.

  • CompTIA
    CompTIA

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

  • EVO Payments
    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.

  • BlueStar, Inc.
    BlueStar, Inc.

    BlueStar is the leading global distributor of solutions-based Digital Identification, Mobility, Point-of-Sale, RFID, Digital Signage, Network Infrastructure, and Security technology. BlueStar works exclusively with value-added resellers, providing them with complete solutions, business development and marketing support. The company brings unequaled expertise to the market, offers award-winning technical support and is an authorized service center for a growing number of manufacturers. BlueStar is the exclusive distributor for the In-a-Box Solutions Series, delivering hardware, software and critical accessories in one bundle with technology solutions across all verticals.

  • The ASCII Group
    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.

  • 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.

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

 

CHANNEL EXECUTIVE DIGITAL MAGAZINE

Channel Executive magazine Digital Edition

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • Today’s Smart Home Technologies And Turning Them Into Profits
    Today’s Smart Home Technologies And Turning Them Into Profits

    Learn about the latest trends and products for smart homes and how to successfully turn them into profit. You’ll also see various sales opportunities and how to market them.

  • Self Service Solutions From Elo

    Watch this webinar featuring Elo's director of sales Luke Wilwerding and product managers Josh Zhang and Bryan Zirkle as they share the latest on self-service solutions from Elo.

  • EloView For Self-Service

    Quick video explaining EloView, Elo's secure platform for remote content deployment and device management.

  • Elo Delivers The Widest Range Of Interactive Technologies For Business

    Elo has interactive technology solutions to fit the needs of almost any business in almost any industry.

  • XSLATE R12 Rugged Tablet PC Overview Video

    The XSLATE R12 is a highly adaptable PC platform that accommodates the working styles and aesthetic preferences of your mobile workers in mixed environments. Retire old desktops and oversized notebooks because this rugged tablet defines a new era of rugged mobile computing.

  • Introducing The Zebra MP7000 Multi-Plane Bioptic Imager

    Meet the demands of your highest-volume point-of-sale lanes with Zebra’s MP7000 next generation multi-plane 1D/2D bioptic imager. The MP7000 is loaded with features that take scanning performance and simplicity to the next level for faster-than-ever checkout in cashier-manned and self-checkout lanes, increased cashier productivity and point of sale (POS) throughput — and a better shopping experience. 

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FEATURED PRODUCTS

  • 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.

  • Mergers & Acquistions
    Mergers & Acquistions

    Taylor Business Group has successfully coached many of our clients through the acquisition process. Typically, our clients will ask for our assistance when they have an active deal in play (we don’t act as brokers to find the deal).

  • BluePRO™ Bluetooth Device
    BluePRO™ Bluetooth Device

    BLUETOOTH-ENABLED CASH DRAWERS

    Need your POS device to become mobile? The BluePRO® Bluetooth device enables a cash drawer to pair with a mobile device allowing retailers to wirelessly synchronize and create direct relationship. The BluePRO® device requires integration with a trusted POS software.

  • Series 100 Cash Drawer
    Series 100 Cash Drawer

    Small in size, the APG Series 100 Cash Drawer does not compromise efficiency. It actually improves upon it because it increases the effectiveness of your workstation.

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