In an effort to better compete online, retailers have been on a mission in recent years to better engage with customers. One way they’ve done this is to track customers to whatever extent they can glean insights into shopping behaviors and engage with customers. Depending on the technologies being used and the extent to which customers opt in to be tracked, the results have varied. However, more recently, we’ve seen the emergence of iBeacon technology and video analytics, which have proven to be very powerful, effective and capable of driving some unique applications.
With Ingram Micro announcing the expansion of its Ecosystem of Cloud to include new cloud delivery platforms at Cloud Summit 2016, many channel partners were eager to learn more about the capabilities of each platform, including the Ingram Micro Cloud Store.
I don’t have to tell you how fierce the competition is out there. Today, IT solution providers and integrators need every advantage to remain competitive and stand apart. Of course, lowering prices is one way to stand apart and win business, but that’s a long-term recipe for failure. An alternative is to build you or your company up as a thought leader—whether in your industry, region or vertical specialty. Certifications are one great way to do this.
In the world of cyberthreats, there’s almost nothing more dreaded than ransomware. This tool of choice for the money-minded cybercriminal is gaining in popularity. At least one in three companies have now been victimized by ransomware attacks coming from sources like CryptoLocker and CryptoWall, and even more are expected to get in on this very lucrative new business of extortion.
Virtual reality isn’t just for gamers anymore. Goldman Sachs Group predicts that the virtual and augmented reality markets will be worth $80 billion by 2025 and will eventually hit as much as $182 billion. With this enormous potential, banks and financial institutions are taking a great interest in the ways they can benefit from this new technology.
Unified Comm & Collaboration
For solution providers catering to the retail vertical, it’s an exciting time. Retailers face competition that’s able to consistently deliver lower costs, more convenience and engaging experiences. The expectations of customers walking into physical stores have respectively risen, requiring deeper levels of engagement and satisfying shopping experiences. Luckily, all this comes at a time of powerful convergence. Solution providers now have access to technologies that can be integrated to deliver solutions that effectively address the customer experience and engagement needs of retailers.
Many SMB owners have a tendency to downplay the impact of IT downtime. They think it can only cost them the loss of a few hours of productivity, when in fact having systems go down can cause a lot more damage. Here are several risk factors they should take into account.
At the recent Fall ONE in Las Vegas, Symantec—a leading information protection corporation—showcased its latest security solution: Symantec Endpoint Protection 14 (SEP 14). With attackers employing more sophisticated attacks, your customers need solutions that evolve to keep their information secure. SEP 14 protects your customers’ endpoints across operating systems and platforms, all from a single management console. Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud (SEP Cloud) is a cloud-based security as a service that keeps your clients protected with an affordable pay-as-you-go model and no additional infrastructure investments.
You know that guy who walks around wearing a mullet and that girl whose cell phone still has an antenna? That’s a great metaphor for how a lot of businesses approach their IT security. In other words, some people are still trapped in the past and desperately in need of a makeover.
Why gaining visibility into your contracts, install base and end-of-life services is a must-have, and why it’s easier with Cisco Smart Net Total Care (SNTC).
Windows Server Migration
Over the past several years, Microsoft has been beating the drum, waving the flag, and blowing sirens in order to broadcast upgrading from Windows Server 2003. The advantages are numerous and so are the risks of continuing to operate this server release after July 14, 2015, especially now that we’re past the end-of-life-support deadline.
A meteor is streaking toward the earth at an unprecedented speed. NASA has pinpointed its trajectory, and there is a 100-percent chance that your customer’s office will be reduced to a steaming crater within 24 hours.