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5 Channel Partner Updates: 26 Oct 2015

Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter and rumors to start your day for Monday, Oct. 26, 2015.

Actually, today’s update involves 14 items for VARs, managed services providers (MSPs) and cloud services providers (CSPs) to sip on.

14. Oracle Managed Services: Trevera, an MSP focused on Oracle solutions, sounds like it’s preparing to bolster its managed services offerings. Details could emerge at the company’s Oracle OpenWorld meetings…

13. ObamaCare and Small IT Service Providers: Companies with 50 to 99 full-time employees must offer affordable insurance to employees and dependents starting January 1, 2016. ChannelE2E wants to know: Are small IT service providers ready?

12. Who Offers Best Cloud Security?: The answer likely involves public cloud service providers, simply because those companies have ample in-house budget and expertise to tackle the issue, according to U.S. CIO Tony Scott. Ironically, Continuum CEO Michael George told me the same thing last week… Stay tuned for more.

11. More Bashing of Unicorns: For more than a year, I’ve been warning readers that Unicorns — startups with valuations of $1 billion or more — were due for major corrections. Now, some experts suggest some Unicorn funding is like sub-prime debt. And we all remember how the sub-prime mortgage lending crisis played out — right? Ouch.

10. Security Meets Business Continuity: A global hosting and business continuity company has just signed a $1.5 million contract for Radware cyber security services. The question: Which business continuity company is actually involved? Hmmm…

9. Private Equity Valuation Concerns: This about sums it up… More than one-third of limited partners (39%) and general partners (40%) believe prices for private equity assets are unreasonably high, according to Palico Global Private Equity Compass — a survey of 159 general partners and 92 limited partners.

8. Simplifying Government Help Desks: So, you’re an IT service provider trying to understand how governments can potentially simplify their IT environments. If so, check out how the CIO for Nebraska has vastly simplified that state’s IT infrastructure and help desk agreements.

More: See Items 7 through 1 — including Google Apps for Education momentum; Internet of Thing guru leaves LogMeIn; eFolder’s next step this week; and more.

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