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5 Channel Partner Updates: 23 August 2016

Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Tuesday, August 23 2016.

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

18. IT Services Acquisition: Accenture has acquired Redcore, a security services provider based in Melbourne, Australia. Redcore has roughly 130 employees, and specializes in IT projects for banks and government clientele.

17. Cuba IT Services: AT&T has signed a deal with Cuba’s main telecom company — Empresa De Telecomunicaiones De Cuba (ETECSA) — to offer roaming cellular services in the country. T-mobile, Sprint and Verizon have similar deals in place, ZDNet reports.

16. Stating the Obvious: New Target CIO Mike McNamara says he will focus on the retailer’s digital and in-store shopping experience and modernizing Target’s supply chain. Just about every retail company on the planet is focused on those priorities. The differentiator? Who executes best…

15. Microsoft Scheduling Acquisition: Scheduling truck rolls and other types of appointments could get easier for VARs and MSPs. The reason: Microsoft has acquired Genee — a “smart” scheduling app that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help coordinate meetings and gatherings. Genee works with Outlook, Office 365 and Google Apps for Work — though we’re wondering if the Google support will continue under Microsoft’s ownership…

14. Encryption: Virtru has raised $29 million and attracted 4,000 customers. We’ll share more thoughts on the encryption market really, really soon…

13. PSA Software: Plumbline Consulting has launched Progressus Software — a PSA and ERP solution that leverages Microsoft Dynamics. The software adds accounting and advanced project management capabilities to financial management and basic project management functionalities of Microsoft Dynamics.

12. Google Bolsters Android Security: Android 7.0 is officially here, according to Google, with better security, improved management capabilities and increased user control.

11. IT Justice: Finally Served?: Former Comverse Technology CEO Jacob “Kobi Alexander has agreed to return to the U.S. from Namibia and will plead guilty to backdating the software company’s stock options, ending a 10-year criminal case, TechnologyLaw 360 reported.

10. Ex-Cons And Careers: The Small Business Administration (SBA) has partnered with W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Justine Petersen to launch a $2.1 million entrepreneurship training and microloans program. The effort will support previously incarcerated citizens — particularly parents located in Detroit, MI; Chicago, IL; Louisville, KY and St. Louis, MO.

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