No. 10: Point of SalesBy Lawrence Walsh | Print
The Dow Jones is bleeding billions, but solution providers say key technologies continue to drive strong profitability. Here are the top 10 technologies according to Channel Insider readers.
10. Point of Sales/Commerce Applications
2008 Profitability Rating: 12%
2007 Profitability Rating: 14%
Profitability Change: -2%
Overlooked by some, commerce-enabling applications offer a rapidly growing sales opportunities for solution providers. Vendors such as Hewlett-Packard and IBM are releasing fully integrated point-of-sales solutions that link transactions directly to inventory and supply chain management, as well as business analytics applications. Specialty distributors are building prepackaged, best-of-breed POS solutions as well. But POS and commerce applications go beyond the physical retail opportunity; solution providers are increasingly finding work designing, building and maintaining online e-commerce portals that tie into existing backend business intelligence infrastructures.