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5 Channel Partner Updates: Monday 15 April 2019

Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Monday, April 15, 2019.

Actually, there are 20 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.

20. Talent - Best Buy: The retail giant, which is pushing into technology support subscription services, has named Corie Barry as its next CEO.

19. Talent - EMEA MSP Software: NinjaRMM has hired TeamViewer veteran Andre Schindler as GM and VP strategic partnerships as part of a push into EMEA.

18. Talent - Analytics: TIBCO Software hired BMC Software veteran Dan Streetman as CEO, effective April 1. Current CEO Murray Rode shifts to vice chairman.

17. Talent - Managed Print Services:  Trivest Partners has named Dan Cooper as CEO of Novatech, a fast-growing managed print services provider. Founder Darren Metz shifts to executive chairman.

16. Distribution: ScanSource has launched FastLane, a "comprehensive program aimed at delivering a seamless customer experience for partners," the distributor asserts.

15. Partner Program - Customer Surveys: Customer Thermometer, a market leader in survey solutions, has launched a new channel partner program for UK and US markets. The program will help partners sell its cloud-based email feedback solution to drive easy subscription-based revenues, the company claims.

14. Partner Program - IT Service Management: Cherwell Software has launched a new global channel program, and announced Matthew Peeples as VP of worldwide channel.

13. Huawei & 5G Networks: Which countries are attempting to ban Huawei from 5G network build-outs, and which countries will permit the network equipment provider to participate in 5G deployments? Here's the updated list with new perspectives from Australia, Germany, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and more.

12. 5G Wireless Networks - PCs: Imagine a world where PCs no longer need WiFi networks or Ethernet connections. That world could be coming...

11. Integration - MSP Software: Netwrix Auditor now integrates with ConnectWise Manage, empowering MSPs to assist customers with with security, risk mitigation and security initiatives, the companies say.

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10. IT Services Contract - Federal Government: ​​Unisys has been selected to participate in a $70 million IT services contract with the U.S. Mint.

9. Partnership - Vertical Market MSP: CareWorx, a Top 100 Vertical Market MSP, will support CarePredict in the senior care sector. CarePredict offers sensors and smart wearables to continuously monitoring daily activity and behavior patterns, thereby predicting potential health conditions in senior citizens.

8. Funding - Chatbots: Rasa, which has built an open-source platform for third parties to design and manage their own conversational (text or voice) AI chatbots, has raised $13 million in a Series A round of funding led by Accel, TechCrunch reports.

7. Funding - Broadband Networks: Intelligent Fiber Network, an Indiana-based commercial fiber broadband provider, has raised nearly $13 million in funding.

6. IPO - Government IT Services: Parsons Corp., a government IT services provider, is preparing for a $100 million IPO, Washington Technology reports.

5. M&A - Vertical Market IT Solutions: i3 Verticals has acquired Northeast Texas Data and Graves Humphries Stahl for a combined $24 million. Net Data provides software and services for municipalities and local governments, primarily within Texas.

4. M&A - TCS Seeks Acquisitions: India's largest IT services firm Tata Consultancy Services is "hungry" for acquisitions and is scouting for assets that can bring in intellectual property and widen market reach to further accelerate growth, Economic Times reports.

3. Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs): The ESOP Association applauds Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI-3) and Jason Smith (R-MO-8), who last week introduced pro-Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) bill H.R. 2258. The measure, which seeks to encourage the formation of ESOPs, is the House companion to S. 177, which was introduced in the Senate earlier this year by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), the association notes.

2. Lending Concerns: U.S. online lenders such as LendingClub Corp, Kabbage and Avant are scrutinizing loan quality, securing long-term financing and cutting costs, as executives prepare for what they fear could be the sector’s first economic downturn, Reuters reports.

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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.