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5 Channel Partner Updates: 13 December 2016

Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Tuesday, December 13, 2016.

Actually, there are 18 timely entries for VARs, managed services providers (MSPs), cloud services providers (CSPs), independent software vendors (ISVs), telco master agents and telco agents to sip on. Take a look…

18. Application Performance Monitoring: Datadog is ranked among the 10 fastest growing companies in North America, according to the Deloitte 2016 Fast 500 list. Datadog is expanding from infrastructure monitoring toward APM — a move that counters AppDynamics and New Relic

17. Financial Services Hacks: Cyber attacks targeting SWIFT, a global bank transfer system, have succeeded in stealing funds again, according to an exclusive Reuters report. In fact, the threat is “very persistent, adaptive and sophisticated — and it is here to stay,” the report stated.

16. Google Goes to Cuba: Google signed an agreement with the Cuban government on Monday granting internet users on the Communist-run island quicker access to Google’s branded content, Reuters said. The deal links ETECSA, Cuba’s state-run telecommunications network, to Google’s global cache network.

15. Bill Gates & Clean Energy: Bill Gates and other business leaders are launching a $1 billion clean-technology fund called Breakthrough Energy Ventures. It will invest in companies that develop low-cost, low-carbon technologies. Ironically, I don’t think Gates was invited to President-elect Donald Trump’s tech CEO gathering, which is set for Wednesday in New York… Gates believes the U.S. can make energy breakthroughs, even under Trump, according to Recode.

14. IT Workers vs. Disney: Roughly 30 former Disney employees filed a lawsuit on Monday, alleging discrimination on the basis of national origin and race. The lawsuit highlights how Disney allegedly replaced its IT workers with H-1B visa workers. The suit arrives just as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to sit down with high tech CEOs in New York. No doubt, U.S. employment and visa-carrying workers will be a topic of discussion at the Trump-led meeting…

13. Cisco Security Strategy: Former OpenDNS founder and CEO David Ulevitch is now Cisco’s Security Business Group Leader. What’s his overall strategy for the group? We’re checking. In the meantime, Cisco SVP David Goeckeler described the company’s endpoint security strategy in this video…

12. New Cisco Partners: During Cisco’s annual shareholder meeting yesterday, CEO Chuck Robbins described a new partner ecosystem that’s increasingly important to the networking giant. Indeed, Cisco increasingly engages industrial partners — names like Philips, Hitachi and FANUC (a robot company) for its Internet of Things (IoT) push, Robbins told attendees. The statement reinforces recent findings from The 2112 Group, which described the emerging world of specialized channel partners in a recent report.

Wendy Bahr

Wendy Bahr

11. Cisco Partner Recurring Revenues: How can Cisco partners accelerate their recurring revenues in 2017? Channel Chief Wendy Bahr offers some recurring revenue guidance here. The statement comes within a few days of Cisco unveiling FindIT, a remote monitoring platform for MSPs supporting SMB customers.

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