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5 Channel Partner Updates: Wednesday 30 January 2019

Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Wednesday, January 30, 2019.

Actually, there are 14 timely updates designed for managed services providers (MSPs), cloud services providers (CSPs), IT consulting firms, systems integrators, VARs, independent software vendors (ISVs), and telco agents to sip on.

12. Data Center Brand Refresh: 1025Connect, a network interconnection and colocation specialist on Long Island, has confirmed a restructuring and re-focusing of company management and core values, inviting partners and customers to re-imagine what colocation and interconnectivity means for their business. Details are here.

11. Partnership - GP and SAP: GP Strategies is offering a so-called "digital user-adoption solution" for SAP enterprise software. This new solution, based on SAP Enable Now, is named GP Workforce Improvement Solutions for Enterprise (WISE).

10. Juniper Financial Results: Juniper Networks' revenues were $1.18 billion for Q4 2018, down 5 percent year over year. However net income was $192.2 million -- a big improvement compared to a $148.1 million net loss in Q4 2017. CEO Rami Rahim conceded that the company is disappointed with its latest financial performance. In a generic statement, he assured shareholders that Juniper is taking steps to drive improved sales execution.

9. Talent - Business Automation Software: Tigerpaw Software has named Chris Owen its new director of development. Owen previously held key IT-related posts at Gallup and Hayneedle. His areas of expertis include ERP, EDI, WMS and BI application development teams. He now oversees 17 Tigepaw developers, product analysts and quality assurance engineers.

8. Talent - Ernst & Young CEO: EY has named Carmine Di Sibio as the company's next global chairman and CEO, effective from 1 July 2019. Di Sibio will succeed CEO Mark Weinberger, who will step down when the transition is official.

7. Partner Program - Data Protection: Unitrends, a Kaseya company, has launched a new Unitrends Xtra channel partner program. The initiative offers to 75 percent greater margin vs. rival backup and disaster recovery (BDR) solutions, the company claims -- though we haven't seen Kaseya's actual math. The partner program push seems to target potential Veeam and Commvault partners.

6. Partnership - Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI): Cumulus and Nutanix are partnering to build and operate modern data centers with open networking software, the two companies say.

5. Cisco Multi-Cloud Management Partner Strategy: Details are here. We'll share some perspectives in the days ahead.

4. Apple Mobile Device Management for SMBs: The Jamf Now Getting Started Kit is now available in Apple Retail Stores — making Jamf Now the only mobile device management (MDM) solution sold through Apple Retail, Jamf claims.

3. M&A - Health IT Services: Investcorp has acquired Health Plus Management of  Long IslandNew York. Health Plus supports physician-owned practices with such outsourcing services as site selection and buildout, front and back office management, marketing, human resources support, technology and reporting.

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Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.