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5 Channel Partner Updates: 24 August 2016

Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Wednesday, August 24 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. HTG, GreatAmerica Partnership: Heartland Technology Group (HTG) is partnering with GreatAmerica Financial Services Corp. to offer peer groups to Unified Communications companies. These peer groups will offer business owners and executives in the Unified Communications industry an environment to share ideas and learn best practices for growing their businesses and developing leaders, the two companies say. On somewhat related news, ChannelE2E will participate in September events hosted by Great America and HTG. Check the ChannelE2E Technology Events Calendar for details.

17. iYogi Lawsuit Hearing: In the Washington State vs. iYogi legal case, a court hearing is set for Sept. 23. iYogi has filed a motion to dismiss, but Washington State expects the case to survive and head to trial around December 2016, a spokesperson for state’s attorney general office tells ChannelE2E. iYogi, a global IT services provider that remotely supports consumers, faces multiple lawsuits alleging fraud, breach of contract, lack of payment and more. In at least one case, iYogi’s own defense team has resigned — alleging the IT service provider has been non-responsive.

16. India Venture Capital Slowdown: Funding activity across India’s national capital region has slowed down considerably, according to The Economic Times. So far, startups in the area have attracted $170 million in funding — and the overall funding levels may fall below the $289 million mark of 2014. The high water mark, predictably, was $608 million in 2015, according to VCCEdge Startup Funding Insights. Some pundits worry existing startups and new ventures will struggle to find fresh rounds of funding at reasonable valuations…

15. Mobile App Testing Services: Testin, a Beijing-based start-up that provides one-stop cloud-based testing services to mobile app developers, has completed a US$30 million series C funding round led by an undisclosed investor, according to Chinese media reports. Sort of makes me wonder: What U.S. companies offer cloud-centric testing services? Hmmm…

14. Security Solutions: SecureAuth Cloud Access, which supports multi-factor authentication, single sign-on (SSO), and automated account management for thousands of applications, surfaced today. SecureAuth Cloud Access is a multi-tenant, cloud-based identity service designed to assist enterprise SaaS adoption.

13. SellMyMSP, Part II: Earlier this week we mentioned SellMyMSP — a consulting firm that helps small MSPs get acquired (Aug. 22, item 12). But how does SellMyMSP assist the process? In a follow-up note, the company mentioned financial consulting services. In particular, the SellMyMSP team can help a small MSP to organize its financial data — essentially cleaning up the books and associated records in preparation for a potential sale.

12. Data Center Chips: Both IBM and AMD are expected to counter Intel in the data center chip market next week. Keep a close eye on IBM’s Power9 chip family, and AMD’s emerging Zen technology…

Hubert Joly

Hubert Joly

11. Best Buy Consumer IT Services: Best Buy says it’s testing a range of new consumer IT services — some of which will involve Geek Squad, according to CEO Hubert Joly. In a few markets, Best Buy is piloting an in-home advisor program, which involves a free in-home consultation with an experienced technology advisor, who can identify customers’ needs, design a personalized solution and become a personal resource over time. In a few other markets, Best Buy is testing in-store classes on topics such as digital photography, home automation, and IT security. The company also is testing Geek Squad on-demand services, including same day for customers who need immediate technology help or advice, Joly said during an earnings call yesterday. Best Buy largely exited the SMB IT services market when the company sold off mindSHIFT in 2014.

Continue to page 2 for the exciting conclusion to this blog. Unlike the three-year waits from Star Wars to The Empire Strikes Back to Return of the Jedi, this blog is not a cliffhanger. You can proceed to page 2 immediately.

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