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5 Channel Partner Updates: Monday 04 June 2018

Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Monday, June 4, 2018.

Actually, there are 12 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

12. Momentum: Dell Technologies revenue was $21.4 billion in Q1 fiscal 2019, up 19 percent, the technology giant announced Monday morning. Also, Dell’s quarterly loss was $538 million — a notable improvement over the $1.2 billion Q1 loss from last year’s Q1. Pundits continue to watch Dell closely for potential merger scenarios involving VMware. Dell already owns a big stake in the virtualization specialist and has been mulling additional financial arrangements with the company.

11. Google & Military Technology: Google has decided not to renew Project Mavin, a Pentagon project that could potentially be weaponized. More than 4,000 Google employees had petitioned the search giant to end the Pentagon engagement.

10. AWS Cloud Contract Lost: Rean Cloud apparently has lost a $950 million contract to migrate Pentagon IT services to Amazon Web Services, according to various reports. We’ll share more details soon.

9. Education & Training: Woz U, the education startup backed by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, has partnered with the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). The university will offer Woz U’s Cyber Security and Software Developer programs to companies so they can upskill their workforces and remain up-to-date with the latest computer programs, practices and procedures, the two organizations said.

The 2112 Group’s Alex Hart

8. Talent: The 2112 Group has named channel veteran Alex Hart as senior vice president of strategy services. He will oversee the expansion of 2112’s go-to-market strategy services — which help technology companies to develop new business models and channels that increase indirect revenue. Hart previously held key channel leadership positions at Verizon Enterprise, VMware and Symantec.

7. Cloud Cost Management: ParkMyCloud has released cost optimization support for Microsoft Azure virtual machine scale sets and Google Cloud Platform managed instance groups, the company says.

6. MSP Billing Management: Melbourne-based Emersion has developed an integrated billing and provisioning solution for MSPs that integrates their partners into a single bill for their customers, CRN Australia reports. The system apparently leverages ConnectWise Manage.

5. Expansion – PSA Software: Kimble Applications has opened opening a Chicago office. The company is headquartered in Boston and also has an office in Park City, Utah. Kimble was founded in the UK in 2011, but now generates more than 50 percent of its revenue now comes from the U.S. and Canada. The PSA platform leverages Salesforce.com.

4. M&A – Government IT Services: DXC Technology has completed the separation of its U.S. Public Sector (USPS) business and combination with Vencore Holding and KeyPoint Government Solutions to form Perspecta. The independent company now trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol PRSP.

3. M&A – Microsoft Partners: SHEA Solutions Inc. has acquired TGO Consulting, uniting two Microsoft partners that have Office 365, Dynamics 365 and Azure cloud expertise. We’ll share more details soon.

2. M&A – IT Services: ISSQUARED of Thousand Oaks, California, has acquired Starnet Data Design, a Westlake Village, California-based VAR and solution provider for IT networking, security solutions, and IT services. We’ll share more details soon.

1. SAP Conference: ChannelE2E is blogging live from SAP SapphireNow 2018 this week in Orlando. Watch this link starting at 10 a.m. ET Monday for daily updates.

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