13. Another MSP Acquired: I’m nearly willing to bet the house that another well-known MSP — this time, a regional player — has been acquired. ChannelE2E expects to confirm details within 36 to 48 hours…
12. Virtual Reality Game Changer: The world has been waiting more than two decades (more?) for a virtual reality system that’s ready for the masses. Now, it’s apparently here. It’s called Gear VR — from Samsung and Facebook’s Oculus business unit. And it costs only about $100. Check out this Gear VR review, which compares the new device/technology to the Atari 2600’s arrival more than three decades ago.
11. A Sign of Things to Come:BlackBerry is pulling out of Pakistan after that government allegedly made unreasonable data monitoring demands. ChannelE2E suspects this is the first of many potential scenarios where technology companies leave a region because of privacy and security concerns.
10. Managing Cloud Subscriptions: Keep an eye on SixPivot’s Cloud Ctrl Connect — which allows partners and customers to manage any Microsoft Azure cloud subscription.
8. Check It Out: ChannelE2E is impressed with this list of 50 enterprise technology startups to watch. Most of the companies on the list have earned ink from ChannelE2E. And quite a few are preparing channel partner programs… Stay tuned.
7. Google Glass 2: It sounds like Alphabet Inc. is preparing to launch the successor to Google Glass — the company’s experiment in the mobile and wearable device world. Interesting. But I’ll sit on the sideline as Google Glass 2 emerges with some early testers. Last time around, I felt rather foolish opening my wallet for such an early stage technology.
6. More Disruption: Former Work Market and OnForce CEO and Co-founder Jeff Leventhal is working on his next startup. Let’s just say it will disrupt the on-demand market in a new way. Stay tuned.
5. The Next Social Media Platforms: You’ve likely heard of ComLinked, the social media platform for businesses rather than individuals. Next up: The rise of social networks for the financial world. Key brands to know include 1000 Angels (for angel investors and “individual” venture capitalists); along with Vetr (crowdsourced stock ratings), Investfeed, StockTwits and eToro in the US. And in India, keep an eye on Talkoot.
4. WiFi vs LiFi: You’re familiar with WiFi. But have you heard about LiFi — a light-based data delivery method? WiFi is nearly everywhere. LiFi is limited to R&D work at the present time… But stay tuned.
2. HP Enterprise: CEO Meg Whitman is set to address roughly 10,000 customers and partners during Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Discover 2015 this week in London. After a less-than-stellar earnings report, Whitman must tell customers and partners how they can ride subscription-based services with HP Enterprise — at a time when the company remains far too dependent on hardware sales.
1. Top 100 Tech Entrepreneurs: Don’t forget to fill out the ChannelE2E 100 survey — which identifies the top 100 entrepreneurs, startups and exits in the IT channel for 2015.