The Point of Sale Industry Transitions to EMV. What progress thus far?

Written By: Craig Aberle Source: http://pointofsale.com/201504085713/Payment-Processing/The-Point-of-Sale-Industry-Transitions-to-EMV.-What-progress-thus-far.html Merchants in the United States are working to comply with new rules for accepting credit cards.  The rules are intended to increase security and protection of credit card data and to make it harder, much harder, for credit card data to be stolen.   We reached out to five hundred members of the Point of Sale community, including hardware and software vendors, value-added-resellers and others,  to get a reading as to how the implementation of EMV is going. What we heard:  Point of Sale News: “ Give us an overview of what’s happening in the…

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Overcoming a Setback Within Your Business

Written By: Successfulstartup101.com Source: http://www.successfulstartup101.com/overcoming-setbacks-within-your-business/ Entrepreneurs are no strangers to failure. In fact, failing or encountering a setback is almost an inevitable part of becoming a successful business owner. Unfortunately, a setback isn’t necessarily easy to get through. When you’re facing a problem or issue that you cannot find a solution to, it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. While it’s simply enough to tell yourself that you’re not the only one who has encountered a setback, it’s important to remember that there is always an answer if you open your mind to all of…

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Solution Providers: Cardinals-Astros Baseball Breach Highlights Corporate Espionage Problem

Written By: Sarah Kuranda Posted On: June 16th, 2015 Source: http://www.crn.com/news/security/300077167/solution-providers-cardinals-astros-baseball-breach-highlights-corporate-espionage-problem.htm While news of corporate megabreaches is driving investments in security, solution providers said they hope the recent reports of a breach of the Houston Astros baseball team by the rival St. Louis Cardinals will help shine light on another security challenge: corporate espionage. The FBI is looking into whether the Cardinals hacked into the internal networks of the Astros after the Astros hired former Cardinals executive Jeff Luhnow as general manager, according to The New York Times. The attack gained access to a special database containing personnel information, scouting…

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Small Business Spotlight: Natural Disaster Aftermath with eMazzanti Technologies

Written By: Insureon Posted On: May 29th, 2015 Source: http://www.insureon.com/blog/post/2015/05/29/small-business-spotlight-natural-disaster-aftermath-with-emazzanti-technologies.aspx Carl Mazzanti is CEO of eMazzanti Technologies. eMazzanti Technologies provides comprehensive computer network services, addressing core business needs such as productivity, collaboration, and organization. In honor of National Hurricane Preparedness Week, we talked with Carl Mazzanti about how he and his wife Jennifer developed eMazzanti Technologies into a leading business continuity expert. He also discusses their experience with natural disaster recovery after Hurricane Sandy and how small-business owners can benefit from preparing for a business interruption. The transcript below has been lightly edited for length and clarity. Please share some…

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Business Unplugged: DIY Gone Wrong: Why Help Isn’t a 4-Letter Word in Tech

Written By: Carol Roth Source: http://www.carolroth.com/blog/diy-gone-wrong-why-help-isnt-a-4-letter-word-in-tech/ Technology has truly been democratized, allowing small businesses to access technology resources that were previously only available to large corporations at an effective price. Companies like Microsoft* have been at the forefront of this movement, creating cloud-based solutions that are truly affordable to everyone, plus training partners nationwide to help small businesses with both technology implementation and maintenance, as well as short- and long-term problem solving. Despite the resources and new technology available to SMBs, many have tried to take on their technology challenges themselves, often with perilous consequences. Vladimir Gendelman, founder and CEO…

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Bootstrapping Using Services: eMazzanti CEO Carl Mazzanti (Part 3)

Written by: Sheldon Chi Posted on Wednesday, May 13th 2015 Source: http://www.sramanamitra.com/2015/05/13/bootstrapping-using-services-emazzanti-ceo-carl-mazzanti-part-3/ Sramana Mitra: Then what’s the next milestone after moving to that Microsoft strategy or becoming a more general plumbing support beyond security? Carl Mazzanti: Shared services. Our first level shared services was email filtering. Instead of selling someone a hardware appliance, we moved that to what everyone now calls the cloud. Back then, it was called the shared service. Sramana Mitra: Whose product were you supporting in that space? Carl Mazzanti: It’s our own. We filter million plus messages a day. Sramana Mitra: You actually went into starting…

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Bootstrapping Using Services: eMazzanti CEO Carl Mazzanti (Part 2)

Written by: Sheldon Chi Posted on Tuesday, May 12th 2015 Source:  http://www.sramanamitra.com/2015/05/12/bootstrapping-using-services-emazzanti-ceo-carl-mazzanti-part-2/ Sramana Mitra: What was it about WatchGuard that made you choose them at that point? Carl Mazzanti: WatchGuard had been around for 11 years at that point. Sramana Mitra: They were already quite a while into the market? Carl Mazzanti: They were established, yes. Sramana Mitra: That’s why you chose them. You thought you could build a process around them. Carl Mazzanti: I think the criteria you always look at when you’re choosing a partner is whether they will pay attention to you and whether they solve a common need across…

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Bootstrapping Using Services: eMazzanti CEO Carl Mazzanti (Part 1)

Written by: Sheldon Chi Posted on Monday, May 11th 2015 Source: http://www.sramanamitra.com/2015/05/11/bootstrapping-using-services-emazzanti-ceo-carl-mazzanti-part-1/ Carl has bootstrapped eMazzanti using services to close to $10M, maintaining a 20% y-o-y growth rate. Sramana Mitra: Let’s start at the very beginning of your journey. Where are you from? Where were your born, raised, and in what kind of background? Carl Mazzanti: I was born in Pennsylvania. I come from a military family. A joke that I used as a kid was, “My parents moved around a lot, but I always found them.” Because of that, me and my brother are more outgoing than the rest. I…

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GE Capital’s IT Insourcing Gamble May Pay Off But US IT Talent Shortage Remains a Threat

Written By: Bianca Wright, Managing Editor Nearshore Americas IT outsourcing could be facing some stiff competition – from its own clients. Companies such as General Electric and General Motors have indicated they are moving away from IT outsourcing and hoping to bring those IT skills in-house. The CIO of GE Capital, Jim Fowler, told Information Week magazine in August last year that he is “pushing to significantly reduce the use of IT outsourcing at the business unit, which has $514 billion in assets. The group has been hiring IT employees to drive  IT insourcing, including at tech centers in Detroit, New…

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A Partner Lesson on the Value of a Strong Social Presence

Written By: Barb Levisay Source: http://bit.ly/rcparticle Billed as the northeast’s largest business trade show, the New York Business Expo (NYXPO), held  last week in New York City, attracted 8,826 business owners, executives and  entrepreneurs. Landing an invitation to lead a session at such an event is a coveted  engagement for any business owner. For one Microsoft partner, attendance-driving  clout through a loyal social community earns him a regular place in front of  big audiences. Carl Mazzanti, CEO of eMazzanti  Technologies, is in the enviable position of being able to choose speaking  venues that will reach broad audiences like the NYXPO….

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