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5 Channel Partner Updates: 3 Nov 2015

Page 2 of 2: Today’s top channel partner updates, continued:

Jim Stock

Jim Stock

7. Database Channel Chief?: Orient Technologies, the company behind the OrientDB graph-document database, has hired NoSQL veteran Jim Stock as VP of worldwide sales. We’re checking to see what plans, if any, Stock has to engage channel partners. Graph databases are increasingly popular for big data applications and analytics.

6. Cloud Security Brokers: Centrify, which focuses on enterprise identity management, has partnered with five cloud access security brokers — including Cloudlock, Elastica, Imperva, Netskope and Skyhigh Networks. The relationships aim to give businesses secure access to third-party cloud applications like, Office 365, Dropbox, Box, Google Apps and more.

Mike Elgan

Mike Elgan

5. Join Me Today: At 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT for Tech News Today, hosted by Mike Elgan. One of the web’s most popular netcasts, Tech News Today tracks the biggest IT stories of the day — and features surprise guests from across the media landscape. I parachute into the conversation each Tuesday.

4. Understanding Hadoop, Spark for Big Data: Quite a few folks ask my why Hadoop and Spark are so darn important for big data applications, and whether they’ll become mainstream channel offerings. To understand Hadoop’s emerging role in the IT channel, check out this ChannelE2E piece. To understand why businesses want to embrace Spark, check out this piece from Computing UK.

3. Small Businesses Signal Strength: U.S. small businesses increased their borrowing in September, according to a key PayNet index. The trend typically signals U.S. economic trends two to five months before they go mainstream. So in this case, the increase in borrowing may signal a strong Q4 for small businesses, PayNet indicated.

Gary Pica

Gary Pica

2. Road Trip: I’m heading to New Jersey this week to visit Gary Pica, owner of TruMethods and a partner in Apex IT Group — an IT service provider focused on Delaware Valley customers. Pica is one of the industry’s best-known coaches. But Pica’s real-world skill set could have rusted out after selling his MSP business in 2005 and exiting in 2008. So how did Pica stay on top of his game outside of TruMethods? I’ll get the answer when I meet him at Apex IT Group…

1. Next Week: Want to potentially meet ChannelE2E at WestconGroup Connect or IT Nation 2015? Feel free to email me: And don’t forget to attend our Big Data for MSPs panel at IT Nation on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 1:45 p.m. ET in room Bayhill 17.

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