A Blog From The Editors Of Business Solutions Magazine A Blog From The Editors Of Business Solutions Magazine

Video Blog: Are You Tired Of Your Customers Asking About iPads? There's the very real trend of retailers and restaurateurs asking their point of sale (POS) suppliers for iPad/Android consumer-grade tablet-based POS solutions. If you're that retail or restaurant solutions provider, you know that you can't make any money selling iPads or consumer-grade Android tablets.  Continue Reading...
Where Are They Now? International Point Of Sale (Sept. 2010) In our September 2010 issue, I interviewed Ed Levin, the owner of International Point Of Sale. In the article, Levin explained how he felt as if his company lacked a competitive advantage by only selling hardware. To remedy the situation, Levin developed his own retail software (hence the title of the article, "Should You Become A POS ISV?") targeted at mom and pops. At the time of the article, Levin was able to speak ...  Continue Reading...
How Every MSP Should Look At Relationships Do you feel that making the move to managed services isn't much better than your break/fix past? Do you know what things you may need to change about your business to grow? Alex Osipov, the CTO of OS33, recently gave us his insight into why he thinks MSPs should focus more on relationships with their clients instead of one-time implementations.  Continue Reading...
Do You Make This Mistake With Your Network Security Assessments? In last month's issue of Business Solutions magazine, I talked with Charles Johnson, CEO of $5.5 million network security consultant and VAR EDTS. (See 4 Secrets Of A  Trusted Network Security Advisor) His company experienced 45% revenue growth in 2011, and it's projecting 15% growth this year. One of the secrets Johnson shared with me was that he's learned to take a more consultative approach to...  Continue Reading...
Undeniable Proof You Should Sell Payment Processing Having interviewed a number of POS (point of sale) VARs, software developers, and payment processing companies, I'm confident in stating that POS VARs are in a great position to secure merchant processing business from their customers. In fact, I covered just that topic in a recent blog post, "Are POS VARs Missing Out On Payment Processing Revenue?"  Continue Reading...
Video Blog: Should VDI Be Your Next Big Move? I've been hearing a lot about VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) lately. ABI Research predicts this technology is going to grow from $500 million in 2009 to $5 billion by 2016. For the March issue of Business Solutions magazine, I interviewed MSP (managed services provider) RMC ProIT, a division of Ray Morgan Company. This company is projecting 100% growth this year, and it's attributing much of its growth to VDI...  Continue Reading...
If You Don’t Sell IP Video Now, You’ll Hate Yourself Later Once a week I like to take an hour or so to randomly call readers of Business Solutions magazine. I do this for a few reasons. First, it helps me stay in touch with what’s going on in the industry. Frankly, since I’m doing no technology selling or installing myself, if I don’t talk to readers or attend shows and conferences, my articles will miss the mark. Second, having these conversations gives me ideas for...  Continue Reading...
Where Are They Now? Dumac Business Systems (July 2010) Back in our July 2010 issue, I interviewed brothers Howard and David McCarthy of Dumac Business Systems in an article entitled "A New Twist On POS." In the article, the brothers spoke about how they're leveraging two of the RSPA's (Retail Solutions Providers Association) member benefits to reduce expenses and increase sales. (If you've ever wondered if the membership fees of the RSPA are worth it, read...  Continue Reading...
What’s The Truth About Tape As A Viable Storage Media? I’ve been writing a lot lately about BDR (backup and disaster recovery), and I’ve even been trying to keep my eye on where storage is trending. Based on some of my recent interviews with solid state vendors Nimbus Data Systems and WhipTail, it looks like the future of storage is heading toward solid state. (Coming soon, I’ll be interviewing Violin Memory, another solid state storage vendor to get their...  Continue Reading...
The Value Of A Solutions-Based Sale Every month, the editors of all of Jameson Publishing's (Business Solution's parent company) magazines and web portals get together and review the feature articles of each pub. In these meetings, we disscect articles, critique the writing, word choices, headlines, optical elements, and many other things in an attempt to make the following month's articles even better for our readers.  Continue Reading...

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