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5 Channel Partner Updates: 22 March 2017

Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

Actually, there are 19 updates for VARs, managed services providers (MSPs), cloud services providers (CSPs), independent software vendors (ISVs), telco master agents and telco agents to sip on…

19. M&A – Security: A new wave of IT security acquisitions signals the start of a consolidation trend, according to Dark Reading. Hmmm… Didn’t Venture Capitalist, former VMware CTO and Datto Board Member Steve Herrod predict this was coming?

18. M&A – ServiceNow Consultant: Accenture (ACN) has acquired Focus Group Europe, a ServiceNow consulting firm in the United Kingdom. Accenture and several rivals have been buying up ServiceNow consultancies worldwide….

17. Partner Program: MongoDB has expanded its OEM Partner Program. The goal: Make it even easier for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to embed and deploy MongoDB, build modern software, and drive business growth.

16. Network Assessments for Channel Partners: Tata Communications Transformation Services Limited (TCTSL… it just rolls of the tongue) and Microsoft are delivering Network Assessment as a Service (NAaaS) to channel partners. Indeed, TCTSL will work with Microsoft channel partners to deliver NAaaS and add-on services for Office 365 built under the Skype Operations Framework (SOF), MS Power User reported. Hmmm… Within the MSP world, companies like RapidFire Tools help channel partners with network and storage assessments.

15. From Chrome OS to Office 365: Neverware has made a name for itself with its CloudReady software, which essentially transforms any old PC or Mac into a Chromebook, according to Engadget. Now, the company is offering a new version of Cloud Ready for schools that integrates Microsoft’s Office 365 online suite instead…

Darren Reid

14. Talent – MSPs: Interactive, Australia’s largest privately owned MSP, has named Darren Reid as its first head of partnerships and alliances, CRN.au reported. It’s part of a broad strategy to grow channel sales to 30 percent of revenue within two years, the website asserted. Interactive’s revenues were AU$158.7 million in 2016, up 6.6 percent from the previous year. EBITDA was $46 million. The company had roughly 400 employees as of mid-2016.

13. Data Center Expansion: ViaWest has expanded a data center in Las Vegas, adding 32,000 square feeet of raised floor. The data center, which opened in 2013, now features a total of 66,000 square feet of raised floor space. The facility offers colocation, cloud and managed services to support customers’ IT infrastructure. ViaWest now has 30 North American data centers and multiple cloud nodes.

12. Ingram Micro: Ingram Micro Commerce & Fulfillment, a strategic business unit of Ingram Micro, has upgraded Shipwire — a cloud-based order management and fulfillment software platform. New dashboards pull order and inventory information, shipping data and other supply chain metrics, and convert it into structured, summarized reports, building upon the platform’s business intelligence, the company says. Shipwire has been accessed from 160 countries over the past year, and it has thousands of active daily users.

11. U.S. Cybersecurity Strategy?: A top Trump administration information security official said the White House hopes to have a national strategy for cybersecurity completed in the next two months, with a view toward having it implemented within two years, On the Wire reported. There has been chatter about creating cybersecurity scorecards and report cards for federal agencies, which are prime targets for attack.

But wait. More content awaits you on page 2. Proceed to page two now and chow down the remaining items…

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