Powered By… Clouded Solutions are a suite of business and professional resources utilizing concepts of Cloud Computing, Remote Desktop Protocol and Virtual Hosting. Over the last decade technological advancements have driven application and servers costs down while improving accessibility and the user interface. No longer do users need a degree in computer science to navigate the environment of mainframes and server applications. Solid cloud providers have created an environment that is not only user friendly but also maintains 100% up-time, network stability and redundancy to ensure data security. At Total Merchant Network we break up Clouded Solutions into 3 key categories. (Click on link below for more information) Cloud Accounting Application Hosting Website Hosting Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) Ever since the turn of the century Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) has been installed standard on Windows operating systems. RDP is a proprietary protocol developed by Microsoft that provides a computer user with a graphical interface to another computer. Client versions exist for most operating systems including Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Unix and Android. The benefits to this resource are many but chief among them is mobility or access to a local machine from anywhere with an internet connection. This has broken down physical borders previously necessary in the business, IT and networking environments. Cloud Computing Extending upon the basics of RDP and server / mainframe applications, cloud computing has brought the computing world together like never before. Today cloud computing allows users to access multiple server-based computational resources via the Internet or Wide Area Network (WAN) utilizing devices such as a computer, smart phone, net-book tablet and other devices. The key to cloud computing unlike file sharing, or...Read More
Powered By… Payment Processing is a broad and loosely defined term used to describe the method of accepting money electronically. For businesses of all sizes it is normally the entry point for commerce and basic business transactions. At Total Merchant Network we break up Payment Processing solutions into 3 key categories. (Click on link below for more information) Credit / Debit Card Processing ACH / Check Services Recurring Billing Since 1990 the use of electronic payments has been on a steady rise from less than 20% to of 2008, 72% of consumers indicated that had used a debit card in the past year. What most people don’t know is that electronic funds transfer (EFT) was introduced over 100 years earlier by Western Union. Early History of Electronic Money Dating back to the Pacific Telegraph Act of 1860, the first transcontinental telegraph line was developed by Western Union and was the foundation for all means of electronic communication. In 1871, Western Union introduced actual money transfer and in 1914 the first consumer chard card. These fist cards colloquially known as “metal money” allowed deferred payment privileges to preferred customers. In 1918 Federal Reserve Banks began to move currency via telegraph, which some historians mark as the birthplace of electric money. Throughout the 1920’s and 30’s several more companies began to allow customers to pay using “metal money” including general Petroleum and AT&T. During this same time an inventory named Luther George Simjian created the Bankmatic automatic teller machine. However because of a supposed lack of demand reported by then company known today as Citicorp, the project was shelved and did not reemerge until the late 60’s. The...Read More
Powered By… Technology integration defines the hardware, software and interface necessary for utilizing the various services within payment processing and cloud accounting. This also includes remote hosting in the cloud and the connectivity between stationary, mobile and online resources. The three primary categories include. Point of Sale (POS) Payment Gateways Smartphone & Tablet Apps These primary tools of commerce are powered by The City POS a company dedicated to staying on the top of the technological curve in the critical areas of card processing, PCI DSS security requirements and software advancements. Sometimes the human interface is the most important functional piece to a strong integrated design. Rather it be a slick touch screen POS, or an intuitive eCommerce back-end, designing and integration the correct technology within your commerce framework can make the difference between smooth sailing or choppy waters. See the corresponding sections for an empirical outline of each category. The topics below are geared toward establishing the correct mindset around how to leverage each piece of technology available. Also reference the blog for up to date information on advice on a wide range of topics. Importance of The Correct POS Setup Many new and start-up businesses underestimate the importance of thoroughly walking through this decision process. The method in which taking payments at the point of purchase is established, quite frankly, can dictated how smooth business transacts, customer satisfaction and overall revenue. In addition the connectivity, or lack their off, will determine how much time and labor is necessary to track important financial information, ensure accuracy of reporting and monitor employee behavior. Also, once a decision is made, many business owners find it difficult to change either due...Read More
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Total Merchant Network (a TFN Company), is a national solutions provider for professionals and business of all sizes.
Total Merchant Network helps companies of all sizes lower operating costs and increase business process efficiency.