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5 Channel Partner Updates: 9 February 2017

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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, February 9, 2017.

Actually, there are 19 timely 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…


John Solomon

19. Talent – Apple: John Solomon, Apple’s VP of enterprise and government sales has exited the company. Solomon helped Apple to build stronger enterprise relationships with IBM, Cisco and others. His current title and employer: tbd at tbd, according to Solomon’s LinkedIn profile…

18. More Executive Order Pushback: Public interest legal groups on Wednesday sued the Trump administration, alleging a January executive order mandating that executive agencies eliminate two regulations for every new one is “irrational” and puts public safety at risk by not considering any beneficial effects of new rules, Law360 reported. President Trump says the executive oder will reduce expenses and boost productivity for businesses of all sizes.

17. IBM, Oracle Silence Is Deafening to Employees: Roughly 200 tech companies have publicly pushed back against President Trump’s immigration policies. Noticeably absent from the pushback: IBM and Oracle, both of which are largely mum on the issue. Some IBM employees continue to lobby CEO Ginni Rometty to push back against some of Trump’s policies.


Michelle Peluso

16. IBM Marketing Bans Telecommuting?: IBM Chief Marketing Officer Michelle Peluso apparently told her US marketing troops they must work at “a smaller set of locations” if they want to continue with the company. Staffers have 30 days to decide whether to stay or go, according to The Register. Ahem… a similar ban on telecommuting backfired at Yahoo

15. Union Questions CSC Layoffs: The UK’s largest trades union has warned that CSC job cuts threaten NHS service delivery even as the US services giant expands on its healthcare ambitions, according to Diginomica. CSC and HP Enterprise’s IT services business are set to finalize their merger on April 3, 2017.

14. CenturyLink Under Pressure: CenturyLink delivered weaker-than-expected quarterly results yesterday — and the weakness stretched beyond the telecom company’s legacy businesses. CenturyLink conceded that the company’s strategic growth businesses aren’t expanding as quickly as expected. The company in the weeks ahead intends to finalize the Level 3 buyout along with a major data center asset sale. Those moves will allow CenturyLink to double down on next-generation network services, the company claims.

13. Distribution, Part IPax8, a value-added cloud distributor, has launched Marketing on Demand as part of its Cloud Wingman partner program. Marketing on Demand enables SMB service providers to build and scale their company’s marketing efforts, Pax8 asserts.

12. Distribution, Part II: Watch for multiple distributors to announce their Dell EMC relationships today. Dell spent recent months reviewing which distributors to embrace — and which to cut — as part of the EMC buyout. The official survivor list is rolling out now…

Frank Slootman

Frank Slootman

11. Automation vs. IT Careers: How’s this for ironic… We all keep hearing about the shortage of qualified IT professionals. Yet, IT automation may flip that shortage equation on its head. An example: ServiceNow CEO Frank Slootman says automation will trigger an epic disruption vs. traditional IT careers.

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