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GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

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

  • Business Strategy - It’s About The Destination, Not The Journey
    Business Strategy - It’s About The Destination, Not The Journey

    Who really wants to take the long, slow, arduous journey to success when you have the option to take a more thoughtful, deliberate approach? The time to praise the journey is when it’s in your rear-view mirror not when you’re facing it head-on through the windshield. Life may be about the journey, but business is all about the destination.

  • A Balanced Approach To Cybersecurity Risk Mitigation
    A Balanced Approach To Cybersecurity Risk Mitigation

    Technology is essential to mitigate the risk of exposure to cyberattack.  Note that mitigate means to reduce or lessen in severity, not preclude.  It’s often difficult for IT service providers (ITSPs) to convince business owners that no one can guarantee complete elimination of cyberattack risk. Anyone with a computer connected to the internet is under attack. Your best option is preparation for the inevitable.

  • MSPs And Resellers Can Amplify Their Social Media Reach With Employee Advocacy

    Studies have shown that businesses are starting to increasingly rely on social media to help build brand awareness and drive the sale of their products and solutions. For example, according to a recent Forrester report, 98 percent of sales and marketing leaders see value in social selling in the short and long term, and 49 percent have already developed a formal social selling program. Many Channel companies would agree with the potential benefits of social media marketing, but they also acknowledge they’re a long way from realizing its full potential.

  • How VARs And MSPs Can Organically Increase Revenue In Rapidly Changing Channel

    An aging telecommunications channel is rapidly morphing into an innovative technology marketplace. Leading carriers, pure cloud vendors, ISVs are making indirect channel a priority as 60% of all technology purchases are made through an IT consultant. Business lies with the person that has the customer relationship, those IT consultants (referred to as agents in the indirect channel) have the proverbial keys to the castle.

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VAR WHITE PAPERS

  • How To Set Managed Services Pricing

    Whether you’re moving from on-demand support to managed services or starting a new company focused on managed services, one of the most important decisions you need to make is how to set your pricing. If you look at online forums you see people quoting everything from $5 to $250 per desktop, or $10 to $150 per user. Pricing is all over the map and so are the services offered.

  • The Value Behind Value-Added Services

    The point of sale (POS) and payment solutions market has become more competitive as new vendors enter the fray and merchants have the option of deploying lower-cost, bare-bones solutions. For Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and solutions providers that want to stand out in an increasingly crowded space, value-added services are quickly becoming a crucial market differentiator.

  • The Importance Of Data In A Managed Service Business

    In the super fast-paced world of technology, it can be hard to be in “the right place at the right time” to catch a trend and capitalize on it. Well, if you’re an IT service provider today, this is the right place and the right time! The hottest trend today is Big Data. And the people best placed to make use of that data are service providers who monitor and manage resources.

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FEATURED SUPPLIERS

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

     

  • ConnectWise
    ConnectWise
    ConnectWise is the leading business management solution designed exclusively for technology organizations, such as IT solution providers, MSPs, software companies, hardware/software resellers, and System Integrators.  

     

  • APG Cash Drawer, LLC
    APG Cash Drawer, LLC

    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.

  • Vantiv Integrated Payments
    Vantiv Integrated Payments

    Vantiv Integrated Payments provides integrated payment processing solutions that help businesses prosper. Known for secure and reliable processing, Mercury’s solutions are built into the POS, helping merchants reduce errors in data entry, manage cash flow, and minimize risk.

  • Advantech
    Advantech

    Over the last decade, Advantech has established an excellent reputation for innovative and high-quality interactive digital signage and POS solutions for retail chains and stores, shopping centers and other major corporations across the nation. Their products and services allow retailers to enhance the shopping experience while optimizing business management for more intelligent and effective workflow.

INDUSTRY PARTNERS AND ASSOCIATIONS

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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • 10 Alarming Ransomware Stats For Businesses
    10 Alarming Ransomware Stats For Businesses

    We surveyed nearly 2,000 Managed Service Providers (MSPs) who serve more than 100,000 small-to-mid-sized businesses (SMBs) around the globe about ransomware and published the key findings in Datto’s 2nd annual State of the Channel Ransomware Report.

  • Is WannaCry 2.0 In Our Future?
    Is WannaCry 2.0 In Our Future?

    It appears the recent WannaCry ransomware attack was only the beginning. Despite a UK researcher creating a kill switch that slowed the infection rate, we may be due for WannaCry 2.0.

  • State Of The Channel Ransomware Report
    State Of The Channel Ransomware Report

    Join Datto’s Vice President of Business Development, Rob Rae, as he dives into the findings from a recent survey of nearly 2,000 global MSPs and what ransomware means for managed service providers.

  • How Better Reporting Spells Business Value For MSPs
    How Better Reporting Spells Business Value For MSPs

    Your customers want clear insight into the most important issues impacting their IT environments, and for MSPs, reporting offers a way to provide that critical information. But with today’s overflowing inboxes, not to mention text messages and other distractions, MSPs need to avoid adding to the noise and instead focus on providing the kind of reporting that creates business value.

  • Retail Isn’t Doomed, But A Tectonic Shift Is Under Way
    Retail Isn’t Doomed, But A Tectonic Shift Is Under Way

    Online shopping has put tremendous pressure on brick-and-mortar retailers, causing large numbers of locations to go out of business. But lest anyone think retail is shrinking, the opposite is actually true. As of July 2017, retail sales were up $121.5 billion over last year, according to a new report by the IHL Group. With the holidays approaching, the NRF also recently projected an increase of 3.6%-4% over last season’s sales.

  • Stopping Malware Before It Reaches Your Clients’ Networks
    Stopping Malware Before It Reaches Your Clients’ Networks

    Everyday web usage shouldn’t turn into a major security incident. But uncontrolled internet access is risky for any business, no matter its size. Backed by advanced Webroot BrightCloud® Web Classification data, SecureAnywhere® DNS Protection is an innovative solution that provides an intuitive and effective way to prevent everyday web usage from putting businesses at risk.

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FEATURED PRODUCTS

  • 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.

  • 15" Modular Point Of Sale System
    15" Modular Point Of Sale System

    UPOS series is a modern and sleek industrial Point of Sales system. Borderless front touch panel maximizes the viewing area.

  • SB9015F Dual-Core All-in-One Point-of-Sale Terminal
    SB9015F Dual-Core All-in-One Point-of-Sale Terminal

    SB9015F delivers the perfect blend of quality, performance, durability, and economy that make it the Best-in-Class hardware for Point-of-Sale All in One touch screen systems.  The SB9015F is equipped with an industrial computer core and can support a wide range of operating systems. It is a perfect choice when an All In One solution is needed. Just one thumb-screw located at the back panel of the monitor allow an easy access to the computer core for service and maintenance.

  • Webroot SecureAnywhere™ Business Mobile Protection
    Webroot SecureAnywhere™ Business Mobile Protection

    Smarter security for today’s mobile workforce.

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