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  • Inside The ConnectWise/HTG Acquisition
    Inside The ConnectWise/HTG Acquisition

    The pundits and prognosticators, myself included, have been predicting robust channel M&A activity in 2018. That activity got off to an exciting and immediate start with acquisition of HTG Peer Groups by ConnectWise, announced Jan. 5.

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  • The Internet Of Things Is Not The Next Big Thing, It’s THE Thing
    The Internet Of Things Is Not The Next Big Thing, It’s THE Thing

    Seven reasons resellers and MSPs should consider adding IoT solutions to their portfolio.

  • 5 Essential Steps To Adding New MSP Services
    5 Essential Steps To Adding New MSP Services

    In today’s fast-paced market, MSPs need to anticipate customer demands and stay ahead of, or at least in line with, new technology and trends. One way to ensure this happens is by adding new managed services and keeping existing ones, such as managed security, current. Yet with so many new technologies and business services to choose from, the challenge is less about whether to add new services and more about which services to adopt. If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few pointers to get you going.

  • The Stories You Haven’t Heard: POS Resellers React To ISV Acquisitions
    The Stories You Haven’t Heard: POS Resellers React To ISV Acquisitions

    When acquisitions occur in the point of sale channel, we read the vendor press releases and hear the aspirational statements promising a better tomorrow. But often left without a public voice is the POS reseller who is also significantly impacted by the deal. To remedy that, in November 2017 Vantiv’s PaymentsEdge Advisory Services surveyed resellers who resold or still resell Digital Dining, Dinerware, and PC America – three ISVs who were acquired by Heartland in 2015. We believed their experiences over the past two-plus years would be more insightful than extrapolating possible scenarios for more recent ISV acquisitions.

  • High Impact Communication: A Three Tier Approach

    High Impact communication is essentially a dance that flows between participants. As in most dances, there might be awkward moments, as one develops a sense of their partner’s style, and more elegant graceful moments, when partners are in the flow of the dance. The inherent skills and mindsets of high impact communication are developed over time through intention, practice and embracing a three tier approach. This approach includes essential skills and mindsets to embody BEFORE, DURING and AFTER the communication.

  • When It's Time For A Small VAR To Tap Out

    Forrester analyst Jay McBain's life's work is analyzing the channel. When he recently told Channel Executive magazine that 40 percent of the channel is poised for retirement over the next seven years, it got us thinking about exit strategies (and acquisition targets, but that's a future story). Liz Harr, the subject of this Q&A on, Business Sustainability Planning, orchestrated an exit strategy of her own. Today, Harr is a partner at professional services marketing firm Hinge and a frequent contributor to VARinsights.com, but not long ago she was a reseller of Microsoft CRM and ERP software. Here, Harr shares some wisdom on knowing when it's time to exit, optimizing the valuation of your company, and minimizing collateral damage in the process.

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VAR WHITE PAPERS

  • The Future Of Integration Is In The Cloud

    Integrated point of sale (POS) solutions have become part of the retail mainstream, and this has led more merchants to look for cloud-based tools to help improve their business management capabilities. For POS software developers, the cloud makes it easier to offer enterprise-grade solutions to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). For merchants, the cloud offers an affordable alternative to costly and complex software deployments.

  • Quarterly Threat Trends: A Look Into The Future

    Who wouldn’t want the ability to see what will happen in the future? Nowhere is this yearning greater than in the world of cybersecurity, where even a small glimpse of future threats could prevent a disastrous and costly breach. The security industry is looking to move beyond reactive mode and be proactive, automating the response to threats and preventing attacks before they happen.

  • State Of North America Managed Services

    A high-level look at the state of managed services in North America.

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    SherWeb

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  • 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.

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    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.

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    CompTIA

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

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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • Office 365 Users: The Ultimate Danger To Your Company’s Security
    Office 365 Users: The Ultimate Danger To Your Company’s Security

    Office 365 protection features are optional add-ons starting at $3 per user/month. Most SMBs cannot afford the high costs for these features. With a single data protection solution that can back up computers, mobile devices, databases, emails and applications, including Office 365, a company can achieve a higher return on investment (ROI).

  • Microsoft 365: Put An End To The Struggle Of Managing Multiple Solutions
    Microsoft 365: Put An End To The Struggle Of Managing Multiple Solutions

    Do you want to know more about Microsoft 365, Microsoft’s latest product bundle? Watch this on-demand webinar and hear from the Microsoft expert behind this new project. Get ready to help your clients integrate Microsoft 365 into their business!

  • 15 Tricks To Succeed In Managing Multiple Office 365 Tenants
    15 Tricks To Succeed In Managing Multiple Office 365 Tenants

    A recent survey revealed that it takes a minimum of 13 hours per month to administer an Office 365 tenant with 1 to 50 accounts. If you are a service provider managing more seats than that, the time you spend doing these tasks can quickly get out of hand. Luckily, with a reliable set of procedures, you can make these tasks very easy. To help you out, we have gathered 15 tricks from successful partners who have collectively managed thousands of Office 365 tenants, without any stress.

  • Six POS Industry Trends To Watch In 2018
    Six POS Industry Trends To Watch In 2018

    With a new year getting under way, it’s a good time to consider the major trends affecting our industry. 2018 promises to be another action-packed year, especially in the retail space, where much disruption is taking place thanks to the adoption of new technologies and the ongoing battle between online and brick-and-mortar players. Here are the major trends to watch in 2018:

  • MSP Guide: Why You Need Layered Security
    MSP Guide: Why You Need Layered Security

    In light of headline-grabbing attacks, global enterprises and emerging companies alike are looking to engage with trusted advisors who can help them identify the best cybersecurity solutions to protect their critical assets without skyrocketing their costs. It's an excellent opportunity for MSPs to build their cybersecurity practices by implementing a layered, or “multi-vector,” security strategy.

  • MSP Guide: Selling Layered Security
    MSP Guide: Selling Layered Security

    Not only do your clients expect a certain level of quality in the services they receive; they also place a great deal of importance on the individual working relationship. Clients want to know they’re being taken seriously as people, and are being served by MSPs who understand their needs on a personal level.

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  • LE1015 LCD 15″ True-Flat Touch Monitor
    LE1015 LCD 15″ True-Flat Touch Monitor

    The Bematech LE1015 true-flat, bezel-free touch monitor is designed and manufactured to meet the requirements of retail and restaurant operations with their Point-of-Sale system. The highly rugged touch monitor includes a solid base with extra wide hinge for maximum stability. The LE1015 also facilitates quick and professional mounting of integrated magnetic stripe reader and VFD/LCD customer display.

  • ExtremeSwitching™ 210 Series
    ExtremeSwitching™ 210 Series

    Managed Gigabit Switches for Enterprise and SMB.

  • SB8015A All-in-One Point-of-Sale Terminal
    SB8015A All-in-One Point-of-Sale Terminal

    The SB8015A is a cost effective All-in-One Point-of-Sale terminal with bezel free, true-flat touch monitor and fanless design. The unit runs on an Android operating system eliminating the need for other more costly operating systems. Integration of VFD customer display and magnetic stripe reader eliminates potential issues with device connectivity, mounting, compatibility and cable management.

  • LS6100 Kitchen Display System
    LS6100 Kitchen Display System

    The LS6100 is an enhanced version of the time proven compact LS6000 and Logic Net kitchen display station controller with improvement in speed of operation and network connectivity. The LS6100 continues to be the most cost effective and most reliable KDS hardware on the market with heavy-duty die cast case, snap-to-lock connectors, low power, no moving mechanical parts and no internal cables. The controller is designed and manufactured for reliable uninterrupted operations in the harsh kitchen environment.

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