5 Channel Partner Updates: 23 January 2017
Welcome to page two. Enjoy a second serving of channel content — items 10 to 1 — here.
10. Data Science Talent: How’s this for ironic… The big data analytics boom is creating demand for data scientists. But more than 40 percent of data science tasks will be automated by 2020, Gartner predicts. Which 40 percent? Perhaps the data scientists will figure that out — before the machines do…
9. Data Center Network Connections: OneNeck IT Solutions, a combination MSP and data center provider, has activated OneNeck Connect for businesses in and around Des Moines, Iowa. OneNeck Connect provides area businesses with access to a 1 Gbps broadband pipe into OneNeck’s data center in nearby Waukee. The secure data center connectivity costs $995 per month. OneNeck recently transitioned its CEO post from Phil LaForge to Terry Swanson.
8. IBM’s Glass Half Full?: Although IBM’s overall revenues have fallen 19 consecutive quarters, here’s a reason to keep the faith — or perhaps regain faith in the company… Roughly 50 percent of IBM’s revenues could come from “strategic imperatives” like cloud and mobile sometime in 2018, according to BMO Capital Markets. For a closer look at those strategic imperatives, check out IBM PartnerWorld 2017 in February.
7. Oracle Partner Win: IT Convergence, an application services provider, has completed its second successful Oracle ERP Cloud application deployment. The latest engagement involves Payscout, which embraced an Oracle ERP Cloud solution to automate and scale invoice processing, IT Convergence says.
6. Managed SD-WAN Services: Hughes Network Systems has launched managed SD-WAN services, which are delivered as an end-to-end turnkey network. The services target highly distributed organizations, such as those in the retail, restaurant, financial services and government sectors, Hughes said. The SD-WAN market is growing rapidly as customers attempt to cut their wide-area network costs while boosting performance and reliability.
5. Cloud Distribution Talent: Pax8, the value-added cloud distributor, has hired Jennifer Bodell as director of emerging channel. Bodell is responsible for the strategic direction and go-to-market efforts of the company’s key IT channel relationships, including new growth opportunities and program development, the company said. Bodell is a StorageCraft veteran.
4. Small Business De-Regulation: Small businesses are hoping to see some high-profile Obama administration regulations scrapped now that Donald Trump has taken office, USA Today reports. Indeed, rules affecting overtime, sick leave and the environment among those that may be taken off the books, the paper notes. On the one hand, those changes could reduce costs for SMB owners. But how will employees benefit? Hmmm… …. …
3. ESOP Shrinkage: There were roughly 6,717 ESOP companies across the United States in 2014, down 9 percent from 2016, according to the National Center for Employee Ownership. An ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) allows business leaders to transfer company ownership to employees. The dip in ESOP ownership may involve the U.S. Department of Labor’s heightened scrutiny of of ESOP valuations. That scrutiny seeks to ensure employees aren’t paying inflated prices to essentially “acquire” the company. Care to learn more? Here’s how Phacil, a midsize IT services provider, transitioned ownership to an ESOP in recent months.
2. Tech Earnings: A lengthy list of technology companies are set to share quarterly earnings this week. We’ll be tracking the latest results from Alphabet (Google’s parent), Microsoft and more.
1. Top 100 Vertical Market MSPs: Our call for entries. Participate in our Top 100 Vertical Market MSPs survey, and your business could be honored and ranked when we release research results in April. Deadline for participation is March 31, 2017. Submitting a survey only takes a few minutes.