Here are five (actually, far more…) technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Friday, October 18, 2019.
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A. What’s Hot Today
1. MSP Strategy - Onepath: Stay tuned for some longer-term updates from the diversified IT service and project company. Yes, some leadership members have changed at the company. There are signs that Onepath is preparing to hatch a longer-term growth plan for its tech-enabled project business, collaboration business, its application and web development business and its IT service provider business.
2. M&A - ITSM Automation: Atlassian has acquired Code Barrel a software company that develops automation tools for Jira. The IT service management (ITSM) automation can tackle everything from onboarding to closing out old, stale support tickets, Atlassian says.
3. M&A - Digital Transformation: Accenture has acquired Happen, a privately owned innovation firm that uses proprietary methods, frameworks and digital tools to help clients generate new ideas, products and services, the companies say.
4. MSP - Microsoft Azure: Insight Enterprises has achieved Microsoft Azure Expert MSP status.
5. Funding - Women-Led Startups: Microsoft's Venture Fund, Mayfield and Pivotal Ventures have announced the second global Female Founders Competition to accelerate funding for women entrepreneurs developing B2B, SaaS and deeptech solutions. Eligible women-led startups developing enterprise tech solutions in the United States, Europe, Israel and India are encouraged to submit applications. Four winning companies will receive a total of $6 million in venture funding, along with access to technology, resources, mentoring and other benefits, the organizations say.
6. Yahoo SMB Services: Yahoo Small Business introduced Business Maker, a "new platform to help small businesses and aspiring business owners start, run, and grow their own business." Business Maker intelligently recommends specific steps and solutions based on where a small business is in its lifecycle, Yahoo says. The platform enables entrepreneurs to create business plans, form a legal business entity, establish an online presence and collect payments, and more.
7. SMB Expense Management: ScaleFactor has unveiled a Visa Card for SMBs, while extending its accounting and finance platform into expense management The credit card surfaces after ScaleFactor recently raised $60 million in series C funding, taking total funding to $100 million over the past 12 months.
8. Talent - Payment Enablement Technology: Datto and Autotask veteran Matt Miller has joined NMI as senior vice president of sales.
9. PSA Software - Google G-Suite: VOGSY has added task management capabilities to its PSA (professional services automation) software for Google G-Suite. Users can "add even the most granular of tasks to manage all aspects of a project’s structures, budgets, timelines and profitability tracking in one view, letting teams improve efficiencies and simplify work," the company says.
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C. Next Five Technology Conferences
- DattoCon 2019 Paris (October 21-23, France)
- Splunk .conf19 (October 21-24, Las Vegas)
- Vision 2019: The 20 Conference for MSPs (October 27-29, Dallas, Texas)
- NetApp Insight 2019 (October 28-30, Las Vegas)
- ConnectWise IT Nation Connect 2019 (October 30-November 1, Orlando, Florida)
- Bonus: ChannelE2E’s complete event calendar
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