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5 Channel Observations: 16 Oct 2015

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Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology news updates, insights, gossip and chatter to start your day for Friday, Oct. 16, 2015.

Actually, today’s update involves 15 items for VARs, managed services providers (MSPs) and cloud services providers to sip on.

15. Bye, Bye Passwords: Yahoo’s email system now allows you to log in without passwords. The catch? You have to use Yahoo’s mobile app.

michael-dell14. Dell World: Only one week after Dell announced plans to buy EMC, Michael Dell and his executive team will step onto the stage for Dell World 2015 (Oct. 20-22, Austin, Texas). Sure, Michael will be tempted to describe his vision for how Dell and EMC will rule the IT world (and solve customer problems, of course). But Dell’s buyout of EMC isn’t expected to be completed until at least May 2016. And EMC is allowed to entertain alternative buyout offers — if any emerge. Amid all those reality checks, Michael will likely offer some quick big-picture thoughts on the deal. But I doubt he can say too much at this point.

13. Channel Partner Summit Calendar: How did I know Dell World 2015 is next week? Because it’s on the ChannelE2E Event Calendar — which tracks hundreds of partner summits and technology events through the end of 2016 and beyond. Is your company’s partner conference or summit listed? Why not?

12. New Partner Programs: Companies launching or enhancing their partner programs include Ariba (an SAP company) and Facebook (yes, Facebook).

11. Women in Technology: Girls Who Code — which teaches girls across the U.S. to master mobile app development, HTML, CCS and more — is partnering with more than two-dozen technology companies to help connect women with technology careers. Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft and others have pledged to consider hiring Girls Who Code alumnae, The Wall Street Journal reported.

10. Another Awakening: The first complete Star Wars Episode VII movie trailer is set to debut during Monday Night Football on Oct. 19, according to multiple sources on both sides of The Force. Star Wars Episode VII is set to debut in U.S. theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.

James Foxall9. The Other Oracle of Omaha?: I’m set to catch up with Tigerpaw Software CEO James Foxall later today. Tigerpaw Partner Conference 2015 arrives later this month (Oct. 28-30, Omaha). I’m curious to know how the business process automation software company’s partner ecosystem has evolved over the past year or two. Moreover, I sense that Foxall is preparing some mobile and cloud surprises for that partner base…

8. Done Deal: Barracuda’s buyout of Intronis, the cloud-centric backup provider, is now official, according to an SEC filing. Within Intronis, key executive and channel leadership remain in place. Barracuda is expected to learn from Intronis’s MSP-centric channel partner strategy before potentially cross-promoting products across its partner ecosystem.

More: See Items 7 through 1 — including a new rumor about SolarWinds ownership; a major IT automation acquisition; where Kaseya’s former channel chief is now; views from Cisco’s global channel chief and more.

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    Ken Thoreson:

    Great read…always good insights into our world. loved the calendar…

      Joe Panettieri:

      Hey Ken: Thanks so much for visiting ChannelE2E and for all the insights you also share with us on Facebook, etc. Yesterday marked one month since ChannelE2E’s official launch. We’re having a ton of fun… but we also know we’ll need to work hard to keep current readers engaged while bringing new readers into the conversation.

      Thanks again for stopping by. The door will always be open for you.


    Jay McBain:

    If the 5 observations are always in the 13+ range, when do we rebrand the daily update? 🙂

      Joe Panettieri:

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    Ken Totura:

    I’m finding myself reading CHANNELe2e everyday. Love the focus of the story briefs and like Thoreson, the Event Calendar is awesome. Note: when Channel Religion trains its vendor partners on channel beliefs and guidelines, we include a slide on channel news sites: CHANNELe2e is now part of that list! Keep up the good work.

      Joe Panettieri:

      Ken: Thanks so much for the kind words. And just to keep things in perspective, I just responded to a few emails that contained a healthy dose of constructive criticism. (My way of conceding: We’ve still got plenty of room for improvement.)

      Please send me an email. I’d like to learn more about Channel Religion’s mission, strategy, etc., and share that info with our readers. [email protected].


    Charlotte Andrade:

    Excellent website, I love the variety of topics and the list structure. I can know about Star Wars trailers and women in technology all in the same place! 🙂

    Joe Panettieri:

    Hey Charlotte: We look forward to sharing the Episode IX trailer… soon…

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