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5 Channel Partner Updates: Thursday 05 March 2020

Here are five (actually far more) technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Thursday, March 05, 2020. Sip up.

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A. What’s Hot Today

1. Coronavirus – Tech Conference Cancelation List: See it here.

2. Coronavirus – Channel Partners Conference and Expo: The event is moving forward. ChannelE2E is not attending, but feel free to email me news (Joe@AfterNines.com).

3. Coronavirus – U.S. Small Business Loans: U.S. lawmakers are preparing more than $8 billion in emergency funding to fight the coronavirus outbreak. The package allows an estimated $7 billion in low-interest Small Business Administration (SBA) loans to affected small businesses, CNBC reports.

4. Funding – MSP Email Security:  Mailprotector, a Greenville, South Carolina-based cybersecurity company, has raised $5 million in growth equity funding from Ballast Point Ventures. Mailprotector has build a strong MSP base in recent years, leveraging strategic guidance from Get Channeled. We’ll share more details soon.

5. Funding – Cloud Cost Management: Reserved.AI, a Seattle-based startup focused on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure cloud cost management, has raised $3.3 million from Amplify Partners and Pioneer Square Labs.

6. Deja Vu – HP Rejects Xerox: HP Inc.’s board of directors has rejected an unsolicited takeover offer from Xerox. Still, Xerox is expected to continue the pursuit of an HP takeover…

7. Managed Cloud Services: Rackspace is boosting investments across EMEA with more local resources in the Middle East, this blog explains.

8. Growth – PSA Software: Kimble Applications ranks among Europe’s 1,000 fastest growing companies, according to Financial Times. Kimble’s compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is 46 percent from 2015 through 2018.

9. Splunk Financial Results: Splunk’s Q4 2020 financial results included…

  • Revenue of $791.1 million, up from $622.1 million in Q4 2019.
  • A net income loss of $22.7 million, compared to a $2.1 million profit in Q4 2019.

The revenue exceeded Wall Street’s expectations, but earnings per share fell short of expectations. Also, Splunk’s forecast fell short of Wall Street’s outlook.

10. Talent – Tech Job Cuts: Job cuts announced by U.S.-based employers fell 16.4% from January to February 2020. However, tech job cuts have surged 1,041% so far in 2020 compared to the corresponding period in 2019,  Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. reports.

11. Talent – MSP Analytics: Cognition360 – which develops a data analytics solution for MSPs running ConnectWise – has named Aaron Kennedy as CEO of the Atlanta, Georgia, company. He will work closely with founder and President Ken Davis.

12. Talent – IT Consulting: West Monroe has named eight new directors, and promoted six current directors to new roles, the Chicago-based business and technology consultancy announced.

C. Upcoming Technology Conferences

  1. HIMSS (March 9-13, Orlando, Florida) – coronavirus precautions
  2. SaaStr (March 10-12, San Jose, California) – coronavirus precautions
  3. Aruba Atmosphere20 (March 22-27, Las Vegas) — online only; face-to-face canceled
  4. Nvidia GPU Tech Conference (March 22-26) — online only; face-to-face canceled
  5. Adobe Summit 2020 (March 29-April 2) — online only; face-to-face canceled
  6. Google Cloud Next 2020 (April 6-8) — online only; face-to-face canceled
  7. Complete list of conference cancelations/postponements due to coronavirus concerns
  8. BonusChannelE2E’s complete event calendar

Got news to share for our morning update? Email me: Joe@AfterNines.com.

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