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5 Channel Partner Updates: 13 March, 2017

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

Actually, there are 18 captivating 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…

18. Blizzard: It’s going to snow — a lot — across much of New York and New England on Tuesday, March 14. We’ll be checking in with MSPs and CSPs to see how their IT services — and end-customer networks — hold up amid the storm.

17. Lloyds Outsources IT to IBM: Lloyds Banking Group is set to ink a £1.3 billion (US$1.6 billion) contract with IBM to outsource many of its computer systems and shift more than 1,900 jobs to the US IT services provider, according to Financial Times. Rumors about the pending deal have circulated since January 2017.

16. Retail Technology Sales: Radio Shack is heading back into bankruptcy, and Staples continues to close retail locations. Yada, yada, yada… Remember when Radio Shack innovated with actual Tandy-branded products?

15. SaaS Market Share Figures: Which companies lead the SaaS market? Synergy Research Group offers some SaaS market share figures for Q4 2016 here

14. UK Tech Outlook: Nearly two thirds (65%) of small and medium-sized tech and telecom firms plan to grow dramatically or moderately over the next two years, according to a new report launched by Albion Ventures, one of the largest independent venture capital investors in the UK. Only 7% think they will shrink or wind down. With nearly half (48%) of tech entrepreneurs planning to grow their headcount over the next two years, finding skilled staff has emerged as the biggest challenge they face (48%), followed by accessing new markets (31%) participating in public procurement processes, leaving the EU, and broader political uncertainty (30%) the report said.

13. U.S. Federal Government Security Holes: The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) was responsible for 10 of 16 major information security incidents in FY2016, according to Federal Computer Week’s analysis of an Office of Management and Budget report

Justin Gilbert

12. AppRiver Momentum: AppRiver’s corporate revenue grew 16 percent in 2016, and the company’s channel business surged 24 percent. Take a closer look and you’ll notice a 22-percent increase in partners and a 19-percent increase in partner customers, the company says. Much of the momentum involves AppRiver’s advanced Office 365 services for partners. Join Us: AppRiver’s Justin Gilbert shares more details about the Office 365 partner revenue opportunities during our ChannelE2E webcast this Thursday, March 16.

11. Amazon AWS & HIPAA Compliance: Amazon Web Services Direct Connect technology is now on a list of HIPAA-eligible services from AWS. Direct connections allow companies to maintain secure, private connections to public cloud providers. They’re increasingly popular for AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and more.

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