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5 Channel Partner Updates: Thursday 28 June 2018

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Welcome to page two of two. Here are items 10 to 1 for today.

10. Partner Program – Public Safety: FirstNet has launched a Dealer Program, which allows select dealers and AT&T Alliance Channel solution providers to sell FirstNet — a new, nationwide public safety network. Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America has joined the partner initiative. 

9. Compliance – RMM Software: Addigy has earned EU-U.S. Privacy Shield certification for the company’s cloud-based enterprise platform. Addigy’s offerings support Unified Apple Device Management. The certification allows for the collection, use, and retention of personal information transferred from the EU to the U.S. in support of transatlantic business operations, Addigy says.

8. Partner Program – PSA & EPR Software: FinancialForce, which develops PSA and ERP software for the Salesforce.com platform, has launched a tiered ISV partner program. The tiers are designed for strategic, gold, silver and registered partners.  over the past 15 months, bookings from FinancialForce’s systems integrator partner referrals have tripled, with more than 100 customers going live on partner-led implementations, the company says.

7. Momentum – Accenture: The company’s third-quarter revenue and profit exceeded Wall Street estimates on Thursday as the consulting and outsourcing services provider benefited from its plan to boost investments in digital and cloud services, Reuters says.

6. SMB Credit and Financing: American Express and Amazon are launching a new cobranded Amazon credit card for small businesses in the U.S. The card includes an enhanced data solution that gives businesses in the U.S. greater insight into their purchasing activity, as well as a continued global card acceptance relationship, the companies say. It sounds like more information is available on the Amazon Business page.

5. Talent – Job Loyalty: More than 45 percent of U.S. employees have a high intent to stay in their current positions, well above the international average of 32.4 percent, according to Gartner. Amid a shortage of workers seeking jobs, Gartner is calling on employers to develop Employee Value Proposition plans — basically, the key offerings that allow businesses to attract and retain top talent.

4. M&A – Hosting Data Centers: Ensono has completed its acquisition of Wipro Limited’s Hosted Data Center Services (DCS) business in U.S., Europe and Singapore. More than 900 Wipro employees join Ensono. The deal essentially doubles Ensono’s business — lifting annual revenues to more than $550 million, the company says.

3. M&A – WordPress Hosting Services: WP-Engine has acquired StudioPress from Colorado-based Rainmaker Digital LLC. Financial terms were not disclosed. StudioPress of Dallas develops Genesis Framework, which eases WordPress website development.

2. M&A – Office Solutions: Staples has acquired HiTouch Business Services, an independent office products dealer network. HiTouch’s three operating divisions sell office products, workspace design services and information technology products and services. The acquisition will become part of —Staples Business Advantage, which supports midsize and large businesses.

1. M&A – Microsoft Partner: KnowledgeLake, a Microsoft partner focused on SharePoint solutions and services, has been acquired original founder Ron Cameron. His financial backers include Plymouth Growth Partners and First Bank. Financial terms were note disclosed.

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