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5 Channel Partner Updates: 6 October 2016

Welcome to page two, where we list items 10 to 1 for today.

10. CIOs vs. CDOs: Companies are struggling to coordinate CIO and Chief Data Officer/Chief Digital Officer relationships, according to The Wall Street Journal. Hmmm… Maybe businesses should follow Target’s lead. When the retailer’s Chief Digital Officer exited the company in September, Target eliminated the position and divided the responsibilities between its CIO and its Chief Merchandising Officer. Hmmm… I suspect many companies will merely lean on their CIOs and Chief Marketing Officers for digital strategies…

9. Surprise Transition: Hostway has named Emil Sayegh as CEO and president, succeeding Robert Boles. Hmmm… Boles had only been CEO since February 2014, which begs the question: Why the short tenure? (Alas, we don’t have the answer.) Sayegh previously was CEO at Codero Hosting. Earlier, he held cloud computing positions at HP and Rackspace.

8. Say Goodbye, Neighbor: Cisco Chairman John Chambers says 40 percent of businesses will disappear in a decade. Sounds about right…

7. Compensation Plan Management: Need to create and manage compensation plans? Perhaps CallidusCloud can help. The company has launched new features for CallidusCloud Commissions that will “make it easier than ever to create and administer compensation plans, and stay compliant with regulations.” Nearly 5,000 customers leverage CallidusCloud’s software.

6. Hiring Bankrupt Employees?: You’re a small business owner. Can you consider an applicant’s personal bankruptcy as part of an overall hiring decision? Hmmm

5. IoT Networks, Part I:  AT&T is working with technology partners to demonstrate how new LTE-M technology will bring the Internet of Things (IoT) to a new generation of devices and markets. AT&T plans to pilot the LTE-M network in the San Francisco market starting in November 2016. The company will launch the technology across its commercial LTE network in 2017.

4. IoT Networks, Part II: Comcast has unveiled machineQ, a trial venture focused on building B2B solutions and a platform for IoT. As part of the test stage, Comcast will work with select commercial partners to help them gather, transmit, and analyze data from connected devices distributed throughout their organizations.

3. PSA Upgrade: Upland Software Inc. will deliver its latest Tenrox PSA release in mid-October. The release features updated integration features powered by Dell Boomi and key UX enhancements to speed adoption, the company claims.

2. VMware and Amazon to Partner: VMware will partner with Amazon Web Services as part of the virtualization company’s multi-cloud management strategy. The deal will make it easier to run VMware virtualization on AWS’s cloud, according to Fortune. VMware has retreated from head-on competition with AWS and Microsoft Azure, preferring instead to push its multi-cloud management initiative. That effort leans heavily on VMware’s NSX network virtualization software.

1. Top Remaining Channel Partner Conferences of 2016: You’ll find them listed here. Plus, check the overall ChannelE2E Technology Event Calendar for our fast-growing list of 2017 partner conferences.

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