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5 Channel Partner Updates: 25 August 2016

Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Thursday, August 25 2016.

Actually, there are 16 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…

16. Channel Philanthropy: CompTIA’s Channel Chief Giving Circle is marching rapidly toward a $200,000 giving goal. More than 75 organizations have received donations from the philanthropic effort. As of mid-August, 95 senior executives from technology product vendors, distributors, solution providers, industry associations and other organizations have signed on to the Channel  Chief Giving Circle, which is committed to donating $200,000 this year to worthy charities, CompTIA says.

15. Free Windows Server 2016 vs VMware: Well, sort of. Businesses that switch from VMware vSphere to Windows Server Hyper-V can gain free licenses for Windows Server 2016 — which is set to ship in September. However, the free Microsoft Windows Server 2016 offer has plenty of fine print. Microsoft has been promoting a similar free SQL Server offer to Oracle customers.

14. Tech Data Earnings: The distribution giant this morning announced Q2 2017 results that were slightly weaker than wall street expected. Tech Data’s net sales were $6.4 billion, down 3 percent vs. Q2 2016. Gross profit was $316.5 million, down 3 percent. CEO Bob Dutkowsky says the company executed well in Q2 despite a weaker-than-expected IT spending environment. We’ll share more details later today.

13. HP Inc. Earnings: The PC giant delivered stronger-than-expected quarterly earnings and revenues yesterday, but the company’s printer business continues to contract — which has Wall Street concerned. We’re checking to see when those long-awaited 3D printers will start generating revenue for HP Inc. (HPQ).

12. Workday Roller Coaster: Workday’s Q2 revenues slightly beat Wall Street’s expectations but the company’s profits were weaker than expected. Shares initially fell but then rallied as Wall Street listened to the company’s earnings call late yesterday. The company offers popular SaaS-based financial and HR applications…

11. First Driverless Taxi: For anyone who is still dismissing the arrival of autonomous cars — the first driverless taxi began work on Thursday in a limited public trial on the streets of Singapore, Reuters reports. Developer nuTonomy invited a select group of people to download their app and ride for free in its “robo-taxi” in a western Singapore hi-tech business district, hoping to get feedback ahead of a planned dull launch of the service in 2018, the wire services said.

10. Person to Person Payment App: U.S. banks are launching Zelle (formerly clearXchange), a person-to-person payment service that’s positioned to compete with PayPal’s Venmo. Early Warning, a bank-owned organization, will run the newly branded payment service, The Wall Street Journal reports.

9. Cloud Platforms: Walmart’s OpenOps open source cloud management platform could become part of OpenStack, the private and public cloud software alternative to Amazon Web Services, ZDnet reports. Walmart has stepped up its software and open source efforts as the retail giant strives to digitize all portions of its business.

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