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5 Channel Partner and MSP Updates: Wednesday 14 October 2020

Here are five (actually, more) technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Sip up.

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A. What’s Happening Today

1. M&A – Channel Management Services: 360insights, a channel incentives management (CIM) provider, has acquired Perks WW. The acquisition expands 360insights’ presence across North America and beyond.

2. M&A – SaaS Management: Apptio has acquired SaaSLicense, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) discovery, optimization, and management product.

3. Branding – IT Consulting: Accenture has launched the “Let there be change” brand campaign, and will triple the company’s annual media spend to $90 million. The brand campaign was developed with creative agency Droga5, part of Accenture Interactive.

4. DropBox – Work From Home: Dropbox will become a “Virtual First” company and make remote work the primary, day-to-day default for its employees, Bloomberg reports.

5. UCaaS: RingCentral Global Office will be available in six continents including Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America. RingCentral is also announcing expansion into several countries — Estonia, Greece, Lithuania, Slovenia, and South Africa.

6. Talent – Microsoft 365 Management Tools: CoreView has hired Veeam and MSP360 veteran Doug Hazelman as SVP and chief evangelist. Private equity firm Insight Partners recently invested in CoreView. Insight also owns Veeam.

7. Talent – MSP: Interface Security Systems, an MSP with extensive cybersecurity expertise, has promoted Brent Duncan to president and COO. Interface Security Systems is a portfolio company of SunTx Capital Partners and Prudential Capital Partners.

8. Talent – Data Science Software: Anaconda has hired Kevin Goldsmith as chief technology officer.

9. SD-WANs: Masergy has unveiled SD-WAN Work From Anywhere solutions.

10. Apple 5G iPhones: Apple on Tuesday launched its next-generation iPhone 12 with 5G connectivity support — though most U.S. carriers have yet to fully roll out their 5G networks.

11. Huawei Selling Smart Phone Business?: Huawei is in talks with Digital China Group Co Ltd and other suitors to sell parts of its Honor smartphone unit in a deal that could fetch up to 25 billion yuan ($3.7 billion), Reuters reports.

12. Data Management: Informatica has updated its cloud data management platform to help partners and customers design, build and deploy cloud-native serverless data integration in a multi- cloud environment, the company says.

B. Channel Chiefs, Partner Programs and Strategic Alliances

1. Avast Channel Chief: Avast has named Microsoft and Symantec veteran Marc Botham as VP of worldwide channel & alliances, Avast Business. Botham joined Avast six months prior as regional director for the UK and Ireland.

2. Channel Partner Program – Storage: Infinidat’s partner program has grown to include nearly 400 strategic partners. Actual channel-centric revenue figures were not disclosed.

3. Partnership – Data Management as a Service: Cohesity has partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to promote Data Management as a Service (DMaaS). The move essentially counters Druva’s pure cloud strategy, ChannelE2E believes.

4. Distribution – Malware Detection: Ingram Micro has agreed to distribute VMRay’s automated malware analysis and detection solution across Europe.

C. Technology Conferences and Virtual Partner Events

  1. ConnectWise IT Nation Secure 2020 (October 14-15, Virtual Conference)
  2. Acronis Global Cyber Summit 2020 (October 19-21)
  3. Splunk .conf Digital Conference 2020 (October 20-21)
  4. Dell Technologies World 2020 (October 21-22)
  5. OpenText World 2020 (October 26-29)
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