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5 Channel Partner Updates: 25 April 2017

Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

Actually, there are 17 updates 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…

17. Privacy – Big HIPAA Fine: CardioNet, a Malvern, Pa.-based device manufacturer and a subsidiary of BioTelemtry, has agree to pay a $2.5 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) due to potential noncompliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules, according to Healthcare Informatics.

16. Talent – H-1B Visas: Nasscom, an IT industry organization, is defending TCS and Infosys from perceived H-1B Visa attacks launched by the Trump administration. The two companies accounted for 8.8 percent of the approved H-1B Visas in 2014-2015, Nasscom says. The figure counters White House statements claiming India-based IT services companies are commandeering the lion’s share of H-1B Visas.

15. Telecom Loss: Ericsson reported reported an operating loss of 12.3 billion Swedish crowns (US$1.4 billion) as previously announced provisions, writedowns and restructuring costs pushed it deep into the red, Reuters says. Ericsson and other telecom equipment suppliers face competition from software-defined and cloud technologies. Plus, major 5G network rollouts have yet to begin.

14. 5G Spectrum Auctions: On the one hand, telcos need 5G wireless to drive the next-generation of consumer and business revenues. But on the other hand, it sounds like some telcos want 5G wireless spectrum auctions to be pushed back — perhaps until 2019 — so that there’s more time for testing, business planning and infrastructure investments.

13. Guest WiFi Services: Aptilo Networks, which develops WiFi service management and offloading solutions, has launched Aptilo Guest Wi-Fi Cloud, a cloud service designed for multi-site businesses or for large deployments in e.g. shopping malls, smart cities and stadiums. We’re checking to see if MSPs can deploy, monetize and manage the service.

12. SD-WAN Standards: What if SD-WANs from different vendors could talk to each other? The Open SD-WAN Exchange (OSE) is making progress toward that goal. New details about the group’s progress are expected today during the ONUG Spring 2017 conference in San Francisco.

11. Oracle Startups?: Oracle’s internal “startup” strategy strives outpace rivals on the innovation front, according to Bloomberg. It sounds promising, but I’m also skeptical of so-called intrapreneur strategies.

But wait. There’s more. Check out page 2 for items 10 to 1.

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