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5 Channel Partner Update: Friday 19 April 2019

Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Friday, April 19, 2019.

Actually, there are 10 timely updates designed for managed services providers (MSPs), cloud services providers (CSPs), IT consulting firms, systems integrators, VARs, independent software vendors (ISVs), and telco agents to sip on.

10. IBM Watson Setback: More signs that IBM Watson is struggling in selected artificial intelligence use cases. The update comes as IBM Cloud and IBM Watson struggle to deliver the type of growth that the company has been promising for years…

9. Talent – IoT Partner Program: Centriq has named IoT industry veteran Eric Anderson as its EVP & chief partnership officer to expand the company’s channel partnerships. He’ll develop “go-to-market” partnerships for the company’s Centriq Home Experience Platform with Home Service Providers, Big Box and Home Improvement Retailers, Real Estate/Property Management companies and CE companies.

8. Talent – Cloud Consulting: Accenture veteran Jack Sepple has joined the Ensono board of directors. Ensono is an IT consulting firm focused on everything from mainframes to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.

7. Salesforce – SMB Sales Tool: BuzzBoard has launched SMBSmart on Salesforce AppExchange. SMBSmart organizes and makes sense of data from across the complex SMB marketplace, and identifies those businesses that are in growth mode – segmenting which businesses are hiring new workers, adding new locations and how much they’re investing in technology services and platforms, BuzzBoard claims…

6. Private Equity Warning: In my humble opinion, private equity isn’t all good or all bad. Each deal needs to be judged on its own merits. Still, there are some real risks to keep in mind

5. U.S. Buyout Valuations: Here are some clues involving EBITDA multiples

4. Funding – Small Business Bookkeeping: Pilot.com, a San Francisco, California-based provider of bookkeeping services for startups and small businesses, raised $40 million in Series B funding led by Index Ventures.

3. M&A – Tech Trends: The latest clues surfaced in this JEGI Q1 2019 report.

2. M&A – Microsoft Acquires Express Logic: Microsoft has acquired an Internet of Things operating system provider names Express Logic….

1. Top 100 Vertical Market MSPs 2019: We’ll unveil the complete list — yes, all honorees — and associated research during our April webcast. Register now to join us.

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