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5 Channel Partner Updates: Tuesday 05 December 2017

Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

Actually, there are 19 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:

19. MSP Platform Expansion: Sovaton, a cybersecurity-focused distributor, has agreed to offer Continuum’s RMM platform and associated resources across South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. The move comes as Continuum also continues to build out its SOC (security operations center) platform for MSPs. The SOC’s general availability is expected sometime in 2018.

18. SAP Innovation Centers: SAP has opened a new SAP Co-Innovation Lab at its North America headquarters in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. SAP Co-Innovation Lab locations provide infrastructure and space for SAP and its partners and customers to co-innovate new solutions. This lab, SAP’s second in North America, addresses emerging technologies in such areas as IoT and big data analytics. SAP now has 15 Co-Innovation Labs worldwide. The labs also reinforce SAP’s expansion beyond enterprise settings — with growing momentum in the small and midsize enterprise (SME) sector.

17. Oracle NetSuite Partner Program: Oracle NetSuite has attracted several new partners to the company NetSuite’s Solution Provider Program and Alliance Partner Program. For instance, Apps Associates, BTM Global and iSP3 are expanding their longtime Oracle partner relationships to add NetSuite practices to their portfolio, Oracle announced today. Related: Apps Associates has been acquired by a private equity firm.

16. Cisco Spark Adoption: Orange Business Services has registered more than 200,000 user subscriptions for Cisco Spark and hundreds of the popular Spark Boards for more than 20 multinational enterprise customers, and the momentum is accelerating, the massive service provider asserts.

15. Trusted Collaboration: ScaleFT has launched Access Fabric, a globally-distributed real-time authorization engine. Inspired by Google’s BeyondCorp, which allows employees and contractors to work securely from any location across the globe without the use of a VPN, the ScaleFT Zero Trust Access Management platform protects sensitive company resources through an application layer authentication and authorization model that factors in dynamic user and device conditions, the company claims.

Talent Updates

Among the executives making career moves…

Michelle Ragusa-McBain

14. Office Depot Hire: Cisco Systems veteran Michelle Ragusa-McBain has joined Office Depot as senior director of technology sales and services. McBain, well-known as a channel advocate and CompTIA member, joins Office Depot as the retailer strives to transform into a next-generation B2B company. Toward that end, Office Depot acquired CompuCom for about $1 billion in October.

13. CEO Hire: FiberLight LLC, which offers networking services and owns 1.7 million miles of fiber optic networks that stretch from Florida to Texas and Washington D.C., has promoted Don MacNeil to CEO. He succeeds Jim Lynch, who shifts to executive chairman. MacNeil joined FiberLight as COO in September of this year.

12. Channel Talent: TPx, a managed services carrier, has added Grant Bowman to its growing team of national channel managers. Based in San Diego, Bowman supports TPx channel partners in California and the country’s West region . Previously, he was a corporate and partner sales executive at NetFortris.

11. COO Hire: vCORE Technology Partners has hired former Dell EMC executive Bay Young as president and COO, effective January 1, 2018. The Scottsdale, Arizona-based solutions provider has engineering practices in such areas as hybrid cloud, application and information security, networking, data protection and software-defined infrastructure.

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