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5 Channel Partner Updates: 28 September 2016

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Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Thursday, September 29, 2016.

Actually, there are 19 entries 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…

19. Accenture Growth: Quarterly revenues at the consulting and outsourcing giant rose 7.6 percent amid growing demand for the company’s SaaS consulting services. On a related note, Accenture earlier this week acquired DayNine, a Workday consulting partner.

18. New Samsung Battery, New Problems?: You know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall. But did you hear some customers think the replacement devices are too hot to handle during calls?

17. Security Operations Centers: We told you back in August that more SOCs were on the way to market. Now, here’s the proof. Continuum essentially confirmed that it’s developing a SOC for MSPs during a customer conference yesterday. Also, Arctic Wolf Networks has named Nick Schneider head of sales to accelerate the company’s SaaS-based SOC services in the midmarket.

16. Secure Conferencing Service:Dispel, a cyber-defense company, has announced global availability of its secure conferencing service. The offering is a single application, browser-accessible platform that provides enterprise-grade secure communications on mobile and desktop devices, the company claims. It’s positioned as a “reconnaissance-proof live-stream platform offered to the private market.” Hmmm…

15. Worst Quote of the Week: Describing layoffs at Level 3 Communications, a spokesperson for the company essentially says the cuts were made to improve customer service, according to the Denver Post.

14. HP Inc. Apologizes: The hardware giant apologized for how it handled a recent software update that stopped ink cartridges supplied by others from working with some HP printers and said it would offer new software that lets those cartridges work again, according to The Wall Street Journal.

13. Your Cloud for Custom Apps: FileMaker Cloud, a cloud-based platform for managing and running custom apps, is now available in the United States and Canada, the company confirmed this week.

12. Google Chrome Device Management: Google is pushing ahead with Chrome device management services for Google Apps customers.

11. Google Apps and CRM: Prosperworks, which develops CRM for Google Apps customers, has raised $24 million in Series B funding…

But wait. There’s more. Simple math suggests items 10 to 1 await you on page two. 

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