Peer-to-peer business networks are becoming an important part of the VAR landscape, helping member companies learn from each others' mistakes by sharing their experiences in a non-competitive setting. According to Arlin Sorensen, head of Iowa-based Heartland Technology Solutions, such groups differ from social-networking sites like Facebook because of the depth of their connections. "[We] will significantly change the way a member does business," he says. "Our partners understand the power of leveraging their peers."

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