The Top 10 Channel Headlines of 2011

— December 20, 2011

Innovation was the name of the game this year, as an onslaught of new technologies inspired solution providers to break free from the break/fix mold and offer new tools to their clients. Mobility was all the rage in 2011, as a bevy of new tablets and smartphones took center stage, but at least one major merger and the ever-present shadow of PCI compliance were also top of mind for VARs and ISVs. Here are the top 10 headlines of 2011. 
 
HP and Panasonic separately launched new tablet products giving solution providers additional rugged mobile options to add to their linecards and appease customer demand for tablet solutions.
 
That thunder you hear is the clashing of two unrelenting forces: the burgeoning use of mobile payment and the decision by the PCI Security Standards Council to delist mobile payment applications until further notice.
 
From robotic checkout counters to virtual shopping aids, this year’s edition of the National Retail Federation’s Big Show was all about the latest and largest technological breakthroughs. VSR spotlights the top 5 gear that blew us away.
 
Research In Motion (RIM) and Tech Data Corporation announced a new agreement that enables Tech Data to distribute BlackBerry devices, software and technical support services to its channel of over 60,000 value-added resellers in the United States.
 
With NCR Corporation’s tender offer to acquire Radiant Systems now underway, the hospitality industry is abuzz with talk about how the merger will affect the companies’ standing in the IT marketplace, as well as the potential technological benefits for hospitality end-users.
 
The Apple iPhone might have revolutionized the smartphone, but the real game changer in the past two years has been
the widespread adoption of smartphone applications. But what’s really got solution providers buzzing is the potential for POS penetration through smartphone applications in the small and medium-size business environment.
 
You wouldn’t expect to see the hottest technology gadget in the world at the point of sale counter. Thanks to Revel Systems, a new, up-and-coming technology software integrator, restaurant owner Michael Lappert made the decision to install the Apple iPad 3G with Software as a Service POS solution.
 
Hospitality companies are being bombarded every day with new pitches from start-ups and established vendors alike, all warning that they must participate, or get left in the dust. Solution providers can play a critical role in helping hospitality operators navigate these waters by vetting offers from both a technical and business standpoint. Here are ten hot tech trends that hospitality customers are asking about right now.
 
VSR and the RSPA combed over close to a hundred nominations in seven categories to find an elite few solutions worthy of our 4th Annual Innovative Solution Awards. Those that made a cut are revolutionizing the Channel with cutting edge technology while also making their clients’ businesses stronger and more efficient. Here are the most innovative solutions of the year and the solution providers that made them possible.
 
Amazon's cloud snafu drummed up fears that the virtual world might not be as rock solid as everyone had hoped, but also proved that solution providers could add more value by offering hybrid cloud tools and support in case of similar emergencies.
 

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