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5 Channel Partner Updates: 14 December 2016

Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Wednesday, December 14, 2016.

Actually, there are 24 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…

Elon Musk

Elon Musk

24. Trump Tech CEO Meeting: President-elect Donald Trump will meet roughly a dozen tech industry CEOs today at Trump Tower in Manhattan. Everyone Elon Musk to IBM CEO Ginni Rometty will be on hand for the gathering. IBM, for one, tried to put a positive spin on U.S. jobs creation a day before the Trump meeting. But the move is raising more questions than it answers

23. New AMD Chips: AMD is set to ship Zen processors in Q1 2017. The Zen product family launch is particularly critical to AMD, which has faced a double-whammy in recent years. Indeed, the company has struggled to maintain market share in the shrinking PC microprocessor market. Initial Zen processors will target gamers who build their own PCs.

22. Google, Privacy & National Security: How does the FBI pursue data and user information from Google? And how does Google respond? Here are some clues directly from Richard Salgado, director of law enforcement and information security at Google.

21. Secure Messaging’s High Value: Symphony, a secure messaging service backed by 14 of Wall Street’s biggest banks, is raising up to $200 million in a new round of funding, TechCrunch says. The pre-money valuation is more than $1 billion, the media site reported.

20. Multi-Cloud Management: Jamcracker’s cloud services brokerage (CSB) platform now supports multi-cloud management across SaaS, PaaS and IaaS, the company says. Jamcracker’s CSB software competes with Ingram Micro’s Odin platform for telcos and other types of CSPs.

19. Microsoft Azure Cloud Management: Seen this?

18. Workspace as a Service: Revenues for independenceIT ‘s Cloud Workspace Suite (SWS) grew 70 percent year over year in 2016 vs. 2015, the company says. Demand among CSPs, ISVs and MSPs has been particularly strong, the company said. However, independenceIT didn’t disclose actual revenue figures.

17. Manage Your IT Contractors: SAP Fieldglass has launched SAP Fieldglass Flex, a workforce management solution that helps midmarket firms to find and manage external workers. We’re curious to know how SAP Fieldglass Flex compares to community platforms like WorkMarket.

16. ESOP Business Ownership: Want to potentially sell or transition your business ownership to employees? One potential solution could be an ESOP (employee stock ownership plan). This quick overview describes practical steps to setting up an ESOP. The overview is written for construction companies but many of the types can be applied to all types of businesses.


Dave Hauser

15. Cloud Talent: PlumChoice has promoted Dave Hauser to VP, cloud. Hauser, a channel-centric leader, previously held key partner-centric positions at Carbonite.

14. Dell EMC World 2017 Conference: The next Dell EMC World conference is set for May 8-11 in Las Vegas. Some pundits say Dell is relocating the conference from Austin to Las Vegas. Not exactly. Dell is actually rebranding the old EMC World conference (always held in Vegas) as Dell EMC World. Potential Date Conflicts: By the way, ServiceNow Knowledge17, Kaseya Connect 2017 and Microsoft Build 2017 are the same weeks as Dell EMC World. Note: Check the ChannelE2E Technology Event Calendar to track hundreds of partner-oriented conferences, dates and locations.

13. Dell Sells PCs to Iran?: Oops.

12. Docker on Azure Beta: Docker for Microsoft Azure has reached public beta testing. Docker, the fast-growing software container company, launched a more formalized partner program in mid-2016. True believers include Synnex.

Docker11. DockerCon 2017 Conference: The DockerCon 2017 conference is now confirmed for April 17-20 in Austin, Texas. Potential Date Conflicts: Additional conferences that week include NY TechDay 2017, Ingram Micro Cloud Summit 2017 and SMB TechFest Q2 2017. By now, you’re starting to realize: Loyal ChannelE2E Technology Event Calendar readers already knew those conference dates and locations…

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