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5 Channel Partner Updates: Monday 11 November 2018

Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to end your day for Monday, November 12, 2018.

Actually, there are 23 timely updates designed for managed services providers (MSPs), cloud services providers (CSPs), IT consulting firms, systems integrators, VARs, independent software vendors (ISVs), telco master agents, and telco agents to sip on. Take a look:

23. Partnership: Siemens and Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, today announced a strategic partnership focused on bridging the Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) worlds, the two companies claim.

22. ITSM Conference: Pink19, the Pink Elephant IT service management (ITSM) conference, is confirmed for February 2019.

21. Business Model Shift: Presidio, the midmarket IT solutions provider, says its recurring revenue grew 24 percent in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 vs. the corresponding quarter last year. That's an impressive jump, though recurring revenue only represents 5.7 percent of Presidio's total revenue.

20. Dropbox - Backup: CloudAlly has introduced a cloud backup service for Dropbox. The company already offers cloud backup solutions for Office 365Google G, and Salesforce.

19. Dropbox - Data Breach Protection: Coronet will extend its data breach protection features to Dropbox.

18. Talent - Data Protection: Druva has hired Veritas veteran Mike Palmer as chief product officer.

17. HIPAA Compliance Checklist: Compliancy Group has released a new HIPAA compliance checklist for 2019.

16. Partner Program: ERP Maestro, provider of automated and cloud-based controls for access, security and GRC, has launched a global partner program.

15. Government IT Services Contract: The County of Orange, California has awarded an IT services contract valued at $51 million to $77 million to Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC). Work will be primarily performed in Santa Ana, California.

14. Cloud Distribution: Pax8 has added addition of five new vendors to the company’s suite of cloud solutions: Acronis, Dropsuite, IRONSCALES, Passportal, and Proofpoint. The new relationships surfaced at ConnectWise IT Nation Connect 2018 last week in Orlando.

13. Office 365 Services for MSPs: SherWeb has expanded selected Office 365 plans for MSPs to include security, backup and eLearning training at no additional cost.

12. MSP Guidance: SolarWinds MSP has launched the MSP Advice Project, a peer-to-peer networking community designed for members to share knowledge, tips, and advice with fellow service providers through educational content and videos, the company says.

11. MSP Software Integration: EventTracker, a Netsurion company that offers security information and event management (SIEM), has completed a product integration with ConnectWise Manage. MSPs gain a more effective way to manage SIEM services from their business management dashboards.

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10. Peer GroupsTaylor Business Group (TBG) has launched the Grow Together Opportunity Program. Under this program, TBG has created a $60,000 Opportunity Fund to enable small MSPs to join a TBG Business Improvement Group (BIG) at no cost. 

9. Startup Funding Contest: Ingram Micro Cloud has funded Comet Competition, a software developers’ contest deployed by startup accelerator MassChallenge. Competitions will occur across Boston, Austin, and Tel Aviv, Israel. Twelve startups will earn cash and go-to-market funds totaling more than $1.5 million, and will also leverage Ingram Micro Cloud. Ingram didn't mention how much of the $1.5 million is actual cash, and how much is "go-to-market" funds, and what those funds involve.

8. Investment - ITSM: Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital has invested $30 million into Samanage, an ITSM startup.

7. Private Equity - Application Management: Datto parent Vista Equity Partners is acquiring Apptio for $1.94 billion and taking the application management software provider private.

6. Private Equity - IT Staffing:  Stone Point Capital LLC has acquired Eliassen Group, an IT staffing firm. Financial terms were not disclosed.

5. M&A - CRM Consulting: Accenture has acquired Stockholm-based Kaplan, a provider of data-driven customer relationship management services. This is the latest in a very long list of Accenture acquisitions. We'll share more details soon.

4. M&A - AWS Partner: Mphasis has acquired Stelligent Systems LLC, an Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud and DevOps partner, for $25 million. We'll share more details soon.

3. M&A - IT Services: Uniti Group has acquired Information Transport Solutions, Inc. (“ITS”) for $54 million. ITS provides technology solutions to educational institutions in Alabama and Florida. ITS reported revenues of over $45 million in 2017.  We'll share more details soon.

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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.