• Technology always has been about transitions. Through the decades, we went from using the DynaTAC 8000X to the BlackBerry to the latest Androids and iPhones. We evolved from a desktop office culture to one in which smartphones, laptops, and tablets have created a virtual workplace that allows us to get the job done wherever we are.

  • Your customers look to you as an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to lead transformation efforts with innovative technology, and the same is true for an everything-as-a-service (XaaS) business model. Shifting gears from traditional product manufacturing to service-based offerings requires careful planning and strategic development, all while adjusting to the oscillating “new normal” brought on by the disruptions of 2020.

  • In our ongoing quest to provide you with the best business advice possible, we’ve partnered with The ASCII Group and their members who are going to share their thoughts on timely topics or best business practices. In this article, the following ASCII member answered our questions about where the industry stands a little bit more than a year after the pandemic hit:


  • Carbonite is a leading, single-source provider for comprehensive data protection for all the different types of data and systems in today’s IT environments. Carbonite’s complete Data Protection Platform includes advanced solutions for ensuring the integrity, survivability and accessibility of data for businesses of all sizes and in any industry. 

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


  • 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.

  • Shift4 Payments is a leading national provider of touch-screen point of sale (POS) systems and payment processing services. As pioneers of the “as a service” model, Shift4 Payments offers an unprecedented “free” POS program that allows the company’s sales partners to offer a full-featured POS system with no up-front costs.

  • For more than 30 years, APG Cash Drawer has been designing and delivering cash drawers with a variety of size, color, interface, and integration options. An APG cash drawer will provide years of smooth, trouble free service with virtually no downtime, no service required, and no headaches. Our cash drawers are so well constructed and so reliable that our customers install them and forget them - even in the most demanding environments.

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


  • The retail Guardiant™ is ideal for grocery, convenience and retail settings and is built to help reduce the spread of contagious, airborne germs commonly spread by coughing or sneezing. Create a protective shield in any place of commerce that requires direct interaction between employees and customers in close proximity such as POS checkouts.


  • DRaaS Ushers In Changes To Data Protection Strategy

    Businesses are headed in a new direction with regards to backup and disaster recovery.

  • Hacker Personas: A Deeper Look Into Cybercrime

    Staying informed on today’s ever-changing cybersecurity landscape is vital for mitigating threats and keeping businesses safe. This educational eBook, the sequel to the popular “Why Hacker’s Hack” series, explores cybercriminal personas and who is most likely to fall prey to these scam artists. 

  • The Future Of Payments

    The payments industry has faced a decade of change unlike any other. The growth and acceptance of the cloud, user's expectations that their B2B technology mirrors their B2C technology, and the ever-increasing risk surrounding more sophisticated hacks and breaches have all been something of a lead up to the biggest disruption the industry has ever seen: the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Addressing Financial Services Technology Challenges During Growth

    In a literal sense, consolidation and expansion seem to be opposing viewpoints. However, in the realm of financial services, both of these activities serve to enlarge an organization. When financial organizations consolidate, two – or more – companies merge to become one larger entity. And with expansion, an organization scales its territory, service offering, or operations, gaining organic market share.