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5 Channel Partner Updates: Wednesday 23 August 2017

Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

Actually, there are 17 (oh my) 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. Talent: ConvergeOne has hired Eric Walter as VP, cloud operations. In this newly created position, Walter oversees ConvergeOne’s cloud operations and delivery and will focus on driving efficiencies through automation, process and technology, the company says. He reports to CEO John A. McKenna Jr. Walter previously held a similar position at Genesys/Interactive. The career move comes just as ConvergeOne acquires Strategic Products and Services (SPS), a Cisco and Avaya partner in New Jersey.

16. HP Enterprise Penalty?: HP Enterprise’s deal to sell portions of its software business to Micro Focus will “likely to run into penalties under 2016 inversion regulations,” according to Bloomberg’s Bureau of National Affairs. What does that mean? The short answer: Potential tax headaches…

15. Google, WalMart vs. Amazon: Google and WalMart are partnering to promote voice-enabled shopping. The relationship aggressively counters Amazon’s dominance in the market…

14. GoDaddy Leadership: GoDaddy COO Scott Wagner will succeed CEO Blake Irving, who plans to retire at year’s end. The GoDaddy leadership team has largely avoided head-on competition against Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, shedding assets in those areas and focusing instead on SMB-centric applications and ISV ecosystems that Microsoft and Amazon haven’t aggressively targeted.

13. Data CentersHyperGrid and Westin Building Exchange (WBX) are partnering. Watching for HyperGrid’s technology to surface in WBX’s colocation, hosting and telecommunications interconnection facilities.

12. Chromebook Managements: VMware says it will become the first unified endpoint management (UEM) provider with full Chrome device management capabilities. The news involves VMware Workspace ONE, a digital workspace platform powered by VMware AirWatch UEM technology. The platform will enable customers to unify management of Chrome devices alongside all other endpoints from a single console, VMware claims. Management of Chrome devices with Workspace ONE will be available in September 2017. Related Conference: VMworld 2017 is next week.

11. Distribution, Part One: APX Net, a communications service provider, has partnered with Intelisys, a distributor of business communications services. Intelisys’ nationwide network of agents, IT solutions providers, VARs, MSPs and integrators now have access to APX Net’s services — including multicarrier fiber-optic network solutions.

Go to Page two for the heart-stopping, spine-tingling conclusion to this blog…

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