Forrester forecasts 4.8 to 5.2 percent U.S. tech spending growth in 2018. Here's more detail on this year's tech spending forecast, and why it bodes well for the channel.
Secure Ideas’ Senior Security Consultant Nathan Sweaney sat down with Channel Executive to discuss the channel’s role in data security.
Q4 2017 was an exciting time to begin charting the course for 2018. We held our Q4 peer group meetings, engaged at ConnectWise’s IT Nation, and experienced Salesforce’s Dreamforce conference. Broad takeaways? Here are our top 3 trends in technology, business, and industry for 2018.
Reality check: Business intelligence initiatives fail most of the time. Whether that’s back-end infrastructure or front-end visualizations, industry analysts show bleak stats on whether or not your project will be valuable and integrated into a company’s processes.
If hardware margins & services commoditization have you down? It's time to wrap your brain around the customer data you've been merely facilitating, and develop ways to help those customers exploit it.
A: OMNICHANNEL IS A TERM THAT HAS BEEN USED FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS, and it has as many definitions as there are people defining it. One commonality is that the concept means “connected.” Whether shopping in-store, online by mobile device, on a tablet, or from a computer, gaming console, or kiosk, customers want a seamless experience. From the shopper’s perspective, the lines between channels are blurred to the point that there is no noticeable difference whether they’re online or offline.
Get an exclusive look into CompTIA’s latest research examining the burgeoning channel ecosystem building around the SaaS community.
A few years ago, WIRED magazine’s cover pronounced that the web is dead. The story went on to say that the world wide web that we had known for the past two decades was being replaced by more efficient cloud-based mobile applications, eliminating the need for a browser to sit between software applications and users of those services and content being delivered over the internet.
By nearly all accounts, 2017 has been a rough year for retailers. We kicked off the year with a panic attack about the death of retail (which was indeed exaggerated) and worked through further panic attacks driven by Walmart’s aggressive moves into e-commerce and Amazon’s aggressive moves into brick-and-mortar.
Hurricane Harvey unleashed almost 50 inches of rain, the equivalent to 500 inches of snow, on the Houston metro area. The rain was slow, steady, and nonstop, lasting for almost a week. Most people cannot understand what it is like to experience rain like that for seven days. Water starts to back up into the ditches and culverts. Storm sewers overflow into the streets. Water creeps over the grass and up to the doorstep, then inside, then upstairs. Suddenly, when the water is everywhere, there is no time to make plans.
Q: What retail technologies and/or services present the best opportunities for POS and retail systems VARs over the next three years?