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5 Channel Partner Updates: 13 July 2017

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Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Thursday, July 13, 2017.

Actually, there are seven tidy updates 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…

Heather Ptak

Melissa Lyons

Brandon Garcin

7. Up and Comers: CompTIA has recognized three “future leaders” in the IT channel as part of its ChannelChangers program. This year’s honorees are Brandon Garcin, senior content strategist, ContinuumMelissa Lyons, global channel programs manager, Sophos; and Heather Ptak, community manager, ConnectWise. Now in its fourth year, the CompTIA ChannelChangers program recognizes young professionals under the age of 30 who are making their mark within a CompTIA member company by demonstrating success or originality as an entrepreneur, or have made an industry impact in some other way.

6. Digital Privacy Rankings: AT&T, Verizon and other telco providers lag behind the overall tech industry in protecting users from government overreach and privacy issues, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s seventh annual Who Has Your Back report.

5. PC Market Share: HP Inc. has overtaken Lenovo as the world’s No. 1 PC supplier, according to Gartner’s Q2 2017 sales estimates. Lenovo had held the crown for four years.

4. Google Backup: Google, as expected, has launched a consumer backup service for files and photos. So what’s next? How about an enterprise-class backup service from Google

3. M&A:  REAN Cloud, an AWS Premier Partner and global cloud systems integrator, has acquired 47Lining, an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner in the big data space. We’ll share more details soon.

2. Ingram Micro Cloud Milestones: Ingram Micro has announced the general release of Ingram Micro Cloud Orchestrator, and the distributor has also introduced a Microsoft Azure enablement program. Several distributors are striving to help partners build revenues around Azure deployment, monitoring and management services.

1. SolarWinds MSP: Take a closer look at SolarWinds’ latest announcement with Tech Data, and it looks like the company is ramping up to promote more IT management tools to MSPs. We’ll share more details soon.

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