Digital disruption is never just about shifts in technology. Just as important (if not more so) are purchasing trends and the customer expectations that come with them, which MSPs must always recognize if they’re to succeed. And one of the biggest trends in this category is the shift from traditional ownership to pure utilization.
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Many of today’s consumers want a seamless payment transaction without the friction of human interaction, long checkout lines, or inefficiencies. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated this preference, as social distancing mandates offered up greater access to self-service solutions, encouraging contact-free and contactless payment methods. Credited as a key driver for digital transformation, the pandemic allowed consumers to try - and become comfortable with – traditional point of sale (POS) systems safely and knowledgeably.
Product innovation is stoking the demand for new features and driving up the cost of research and development (R&D). Electronics companies spend a lot of money on components, labor, and testing as part of the R&D process. Testing spans every phase of R&D. When incorporating a new design element into a product, manufacturers must test the element for performance. If they replace a small component with a lower-cost or higher-performance component, they must test again.
Your strategy is to roll up companies and drive value through economies of scale, market influence, and more efficient operational processes. That all makes sense, but what should you do about all the disparate ERP or core application data that you need to drive that value from all those disparate organizations and systems? How can you best achieve your target returns without spending all that money to rip and replace those expensive ERP applications without disrupting the business?
WHITE PAPERS & ARTICLES
Does The Surge In UK Contactless Payments Hint At Cash’s Demise?
One in five retail purchases under £30 in the United Kingdom these days are completed with contactless payments. Instead of handing cash to a store clerk or swiping a card, shoppers use “tap and go” cards, smart cards or mobile wallet apps through their smartphones and watches to pay for purchases.
ASCII Peers Mean Business
A common tagline that is used by The ASCII Group is, ‘Leverage the power of an interactive community’. For the past 30 years, The ASCII Group has celebrated the solution provider and heralded the benefits of working within a community by offering over 70 programs that provide innovative business building strategies and extensive peer networking.
RSPA stands for Retail Solutions Providers Association. We are the only association dedicated to the retail technology industry.
At apg® we believe that brick-and-mortar retail connects people to their community, to each other, and drives business success. For more than 40 years, we have been supplying your communities and their retail and hospitality businesses with cash drawers through various partner channels.
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.
CompTIA is the voice of the world's information technology (IT) industry.
Designed with a clean, stylish molding and steel construction that is both secure and light weight, the Minota Cash Drawer is a reliable, low cost robust cash drawer.
A Comprehensive Ransomware Protection: Detection, Response, And Recovery
Ransomware attacks can have serious financial implications for businesses, and ransom payment is just one complication. The business downtime associated with an attack can cripple revenue generation and the reputational damage to an organization that has been breached can take years to overcome.
The MSP’s Guide To Business Continuity And Disaster Recovery On Azure
As cloud adoption continues to grow among small and medium businesses (SMBs), Microsoft Azure has emerged as a popular option. When SMBs run workloads in Azure, they agree to a shared responsibility model. In this model, the cloud provider (Microsoft) assumes responsibility for the security and protection of the physical data centers, hosts, and network, while the user is responsible for everything else—including information and data, applications, and more.
BCDR Buyer’s Guide For MSPs
When a client’s server goes down or is compromised in a cyberattack, managed service providers (MSPs) need an effective business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) solution to restore data and operations quickly, without sacrificing margin. That means industry-leading recovery technology from a vendor that is there to support you 24x7x365, no matter what. Simply put, you need a solution you can rely on. One that delivers peace of mind—for you and your clients.
Generating Profit And Advanced Threat Intelligence
To keep up, fighting fire with fire is the best defense. Businesses of all sizes must bring equally effective and intelligent security tools to the party. Fortunately, there are resources for tackling this constantly-evolving cyber war. Today, there are a variety of solutions that harness the power of AI and ML and protect businesses against today’s growing and advanced cyber threats.