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5 Channel Partner Updates: Thursday 10 January 2019

Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Thursday, January 10, 2019.

Actually, there are 12 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. Ericsson’s Big Miss: Swedish mobile telecom equipment maker Ericsson will book charges of $687 million for the fourth quarter as it abandons an unsuccessful strategy for its loss-making Business Support System (BSS) unit, Reuters says.

11. Lenovo & Trade Wars: It’s business as usual at the China-based PC giant, despite trade war concerns between China and the United States, according to Barron’s.

10. MSP Business Management Software: More than 1,200 new paying customers and 25,000 free users joined the Pulseway community in 2018. Pulseway’s software monitors, manages, and controls devices across more than 4,500 businesses and MSPs worldwide, the company asserts.

9. Microsoft Azure Expert MSP: 10th Magnitude is the latest Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Services Provider (MSP). Microsoft unveiled the Azure-centric MSP partner program in mid-2018.

8. Google Cloud Partner Program: Essex Technology Group, owned by Converge Technology Solutions, has joined the Google Cloud Services Partner Program as a Reselling and Consulting Partner.

7. Avaya Partner Program: The Avaya Edge partner program, backed by new enhancements, now provides “equal growth opportunities to partners of any size,” the company asserts.

6. HIPAA Compliance Tool: RapidFire Tools, a Kaseya company, has launched Audit Guru for HIPAA – a web-based solution that allows MSPs to automate the delivery of HIPAA compliance services, the company claims. It sounds like the offering will strive to compete with solutions from Compliancy Group, an MSP-friendly company that helps partners to address HIPAA and other compliance mandates.

5. Startup Funding Levels: About one-third of small businesses get started with less than $5,000, according to recent research from financial platform Kabbage. The survey, which included responses from 600 thriving small business owners, also found that 58 percent got started with less than $25,000, SmallBizTrends reports.

4. M&A – Business Continuity: Assurance Software and ClearView Continuity have merged. The two companies offer Business Continuity Management (BCM) solutions that 800 customers currently leverage.  leadership position and global reach to over 800 customers. The firms’ primary development, sales and support centers are in the United States and United Kingdom.

3. M&A – AWS Cloud Backup: Amazon Web Services (AWS) has acquired cloud backup and disaster recovery (BDR) startup CloudEndure.

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