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5 Channel Partner Updates: Thursday 03 August 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, August 3, 2017.

Actually, there are 17 timely updates designed 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:

17. Fiber Optic Deja Vu?: Shares in Macom Technology Solutions, a fiber optics specialist, plummeted nearly 25 percent yesterday after the company announced a big revenue shortfall. It sort of reminds me of the dot-com bubble nearly two decades ago… when a bunch of fiber companies conceded that their businesses weren’t nearly as healthy as expected. Still, the Macom fallout could be tied to a single issue — a contract slowdown in China — rather than any type of worldwide project slowdown…

16. GoDaddy Strategy: GoDaddy has launched premium WordPress support services for small businesses. GoDaddy has worked in and around the WordPress content management ecosystem for several years, so the move isn’t surprising. The premium support comes just as GoDaddy exits commodity cloud infrastructure services — basically stepping away from head-on competition vs. Amazon Web Services.

15. Trump Meets SMB Owners: At a White House event for 100 small business owners Tuesday, President Donald Trump said the United States is in a “golden age” for small business and praised his administration’s effort to loosen regulations, UPI reports. The president also said unemployment is at a 16-year low. Although the official unemployment has fallen to 4.4 percent, the U-6 rate, which includes the unemployed “plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force” was at 8.6 percent in June, UPI added.

14. Secure Point of Sale Systems: HP Inc. has unveiled an all-in-one point-of-sale (POS) system, the HP ElitePOS. The company is working with leading retail and hospitality customers and partners to reimagine how technology can transform the in-store experience for customers. It features BIOS-level device security; user authentication technology; and physical security capabilities, HP says.

13. Unified Communications: Digium, which develops unified communications (UC) solutions built on Asterisk open source, has launched four new Switchvox appliances. The effort also includes a streamlined pricing model, and the inclusion of 24×7 US-based technical support for all new on-premise deployments.

12. Big Data Boost: Tableau Software‘s Q2 results were stronger than expected. The big data and business intelligence software company’s subscription services surged more than Wall Street had previously expected, according to financial results released Wednesday.

11. CenturyLink Earnings: CenturyLink’s latest quarterly earnings were weaker than expected because of softness in the consumer broadband market. Revenues fell 7 percent and net income fell 91 percent — though that reflects expenses from the sale of CenturyLink’s co-location business. CEO Glen F. Post continues to emphasize CenturyLink’s network infrastructure business as a potential growth engine. Oh, and don’t overlook CenturyLink’s managed security services.

But wait. There’s more. Continue to page two for items 10 to 1. We promise: No slideshows await you.

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