No. 10: Point of Sales

By Lawrence Walsh  |  Print this article 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.

Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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