5 Channel Partner Observations: 22 Sept 2015
Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology observations, insights, chatter, news and gossip to start your day for Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015.
Actually, today’s update involves 14 items for VARs, managed services providers, cloud services providers and total service providers (TSPs) to sip on.
14. Where AVG Investors Are Heading Next: Several former executives and investors in AVG Technologies are raising $125 million to fund cyber security startups. Among the key names to know: Richard Seewald (pictured), one of AVG’s original investors. So far, Evolution Equity Partners has raised about $70 million for the fund, with $125 million expected to be in place by Q1 2016. The first two investments are Onapsis (security for SAP and Oracle applications) and SecurityScorecard (security risk posture analysis). Source: Reuters.
13. Rethinking Managed Print Services: Where do 3D printing services fit into the managed print services conversation? Maybe United Parcel Service will find the answer. UPS, leveraging an existing investment in CloudDDM, is now testing 900 3D printers to see how the devices may change the delivery business. By the way, CloudDDM is short for Cloud Direct Digital Manufacturing. The company focuses on “3D printed parts in record time.” Source: Wall Street Journal.
12. Join Me Today: I’m set to co-host Tech News Today with Mike Elgan at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT. Most of the conversation involves consumer-oriented IT developments. But typically weave in a few channel- and enterprise-related insights.
11. IT Salaries: Let’s assume you’re a mid-career IT professional. What would you expect to earn in the U.S. vs. other countries? Glad you asked. In the U.S., you and your peers would average about $132,877 — the fourth best figure worldwide. Switzerland ($171,465), Belgium ($152,980) and Denmark ($139,920) are ahead. For a look at typical salaries in additional countries, check out the MyHigheringClub salary data for 2015. And don’t forget: The survey doesn’t reflect your spending power in each country.
10. Managed Services Down South: A few years back, I remember speaking with Autotask and Kaseya about their business ambitions in Brazil. Back then, everyone was excited about infrastructure build-outs for the 2014 Brazil World Cup and the and the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics. Fast forward to the present, and it sounds like CFOs from numerous industries are struggling to “pull profit from Brazil.” I’m checking to see if the same is true for the managed services market.
9. Remember Desktop Software Suites?: At a time when so many of us have embraced cloud-based applications like Google Apps for Work and Microsoft Office 365, there’s still a market for “desktop” software. A case in point: Microsoft today delivered Office 2016 — yes, a PC-centric upgrade to the suite. But did the software giant get around to fixing yesterday’s massive Skype outage? Hmmm…
8. IT Nation: I missed the 2014 event during my journey to figure out “what to do next.” I’m pleased to say I expect to attend IT Nation 2015… Thank you to ConnectWise for the invite. No doubt, CEO Arnie Bellini will offer an update on ConnectWise’s evolution — both on the management side of the business and the product/services side of the house. Also… “The Profit” investor and entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis (pictured) is set to keynote…
7. IT Service Management M&A: Heat Software, which specializes in hybrid service management, acquired Absolute Management and Absolute Service technologies from Absolute Software Corp. The deal gives Heat Software client and enterprise mobility management (EMM) tools, along with more IT service management and help desk capabilities based on ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library). Heat Software’s partner program includes resellers, service providers and referral partners.